After being diagnosed with endometriosis three years ago, a Wagga ‘everyday’ hero will row for 30 hours to raise awareness.
Katia Jade knew she wanted to raise awareness for the condition that affects so many Australian women.
It is estimated that one woman in 10 suffers endometriosis, a condition in which cells similar to those that line the uterus are found in other parts of the body.
“It came to me early this year, to do something on the rower,” Ms Jade said.
“There is a lack of awareness because of myths around periods and what they should be like,” she said.
“It often gets dismissed as period pain and it has different symptoms in different women.
”There is also a stigma around periods and you don’t get people talking about it.”
While doing stretches to prepare for the row, Ms Jade said she was feeling calm.
“I know I can get it done,” she said.
“I’ve broken it down into 25 minute rows and five minute breaks.
“Each row is dedicated to a woman who lives with endometriosis.”
Ms Jade said she had spent more than five weeks preparing for the mammoth challenge she had set herself.
”I have been coming in at all hours of the day,” she said.
“The worst one I’ve done was when I waited in bed until the moment right before I fell asleep and then got up went to the gym and jumped on the rower.”
Ms Jade will be at Xceler8 until Sunday afternoon at 4pm and encourages the community to come down and have a chat with her while she rows.
For more information and to support her row, click here.
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