This illustration by @frances_cannon says it better than I can, but I’ll try anyway. Today I am 9 days post surgery for stage 3 endometriosis, and I’m still feeling a bit fragile, but not nearly as rough as I’m used to feeling. For 18 years doctors have not been able to tell me why I get so much abdominal, back and joint pain, depression, anxiety, dizziness, brain fog and extreme exhaustion throughout my cycle. At the age of 14 I would black out and vomit from painful periods but endo was never mentioned so they just put me on the pill which numbed some of the most extreme symptoms & slowed the disease’s progression for a decade or so. I sought treatment over the years for so many of the ailments that I still had and was brushed away by uncountable doctors. The rest of my symptoms came back with a vengeance as soon as I came off the pill. Currently the only conclusive way to diagnose endometriosis is to perform a laparoscopy. This involves keyhole surgery under general anaesthesia initially through the belly button, if they find anything they make further incisions around the torso (I had 4), they then remove the endo growths, which are bits of tissue similar to the lining of the uterus that are instead growing outside of the uterus- these bits of tissue can bleed, spread, rupture and even fuse organs together. They are one of the biggest causes of infertility in women. There is no known cure for this disease, just a range of treatments that don’t always work. Endo effects 1 in 10 women, so chances are, most of the women in my feed are either suffering themselves or know someone that is. If that’s you and you haven’t been diagnosed yet, please persist until you find someone that believes you, there is help out there and people that understand this disease somewhat. Just the diagnosis itself has helped me, I now know I have a legitimate reason for feeling broken a lot of the time, that I’m not just a rubbish human. I know there’s still a struggle going forward, but there’s things I can do to manage my symptoms and that gives me optimism. #endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #endowarrior #endowarriors #chronicillness
Happy birthday to the one and only @ryan_mcgennisken, Bernard and I are super lucky to have you in our lives, we think you’re the greatest! I hope you’re drinking lots of coffee & getting copious amounts of Bernie snuggles in before work today 😘 🎈 📷 @phoebepowellphoto
Muccullochella peeli | Murray Cod. Some people don’t think they’re a very pretty fish, but I think they’re beautiful!
Putting the finishing touches on this little mouse commission today. 🐭 🐭 🐭 🐭 🐭
Kookaburra skulls drawn from a specimen at the @melbournemuseum earlier this year. New works coming soon 😀