Leeds buildings lit up in yellow to mark Endometriosis Awareness Month

Well known landmarks in Leeds have been lit up tonight (Friday) to mark Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 8:12 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 8:20 pm
Leeds Town Hall lit up for Endometriosis Awareness Month (photo: @RobWilsonLtd / Twitter).

Campaigner Keisha Meek, who helped set up the National Endometriosis Sufferers Support group in 2017, has teamed up with Leeds City Council to raise awareness.

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Endometriosis is a painful condition, as common among women as diabetes, which sees cells like those in the lining of the womb found elsewhere in the body.

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Keisha Meek founded a support group for people in Leeds and wider Yorkshire with endometriosis. From left, Amanda Ward, Melissa Porter, Keisha Meek, Stephanie Jordon and Rosa Nolan-Warren. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

It can impact on those of childbearing age, and can result in painful or heavy periods, chronic pain, fatigue and infertility.

There is no cure for endometriosis, and no known cause.

Keisha, who has spoken to the YEP previously of the impact the condition has had on her life, said: "I’d like to thank Endo WL, Jonathan Pryor and Leeds City Council, also the Mayor of Leeds for helping make this happen from all of us at National Endometriosis Survivors Support.

"I’ve just stood crying outside the museum, for years I’ve suffered alone and so have 20,000 other across the city.

Leeds Civic Hall lit up (photo: @RobWilsonLtd / Twitter).

"Reoccurring surgeries, a disease destroying our organs. We now know we are no longer alone.

"This is a cruel illness that really impacts people's quality of life and treatments are hard.

"To know our city is behind us means the world.

"Thank you Leeds and I hope Leeds will lead knowing what endometriosis is."

The authority has looked into what it can do to raise awareness of the issue.

Rob Wilson shared photos of the city's landmarks, including the Town Hall and Civic Hall, lit up in yellow to mark Endometriosis Awareness Month, which runs through March.

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