It took the leading police officer a staggering 22 years to be diagnosed with endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places.
It affects 176 million women worldwide and takes, on average, seven-and-a-half years to be diagnosed.
At first, Chief Inspector Brear assumed her symptoms were “just part of being a woman” and she continued to suffer in silence doing a demanding job.
And it wasn’t until she paid to go private that she got the answers she craved.
Today we applaud her bravery in speaking publicly of her battle for the first time to raise awareness of the condition.
We need more brave women like Chief Inspector Brear to speak out and give people a voice to help make sure that other women don’t suffer in silence.
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