The founder of a UK Charity called The Endometriosis Foundation, suffered from most of the obvious signs of Endometriosis from the age of just 13 but for years her symptoms were dismissed by a handful of doctors and wrongly diagnosed with various other conditions.
In January 2016 aged 25, Carla was diagnosed with stage four Endometriosis and a frozen pelvis, during an emergency operation to save her life. Carla’s late diagnosis resulted in irreversible organ damage, involving multiple organs and sadly, infertility.
Since her diagnosis, Carla has endured multiple medical and surgical treatments and interventions to help manage her condition, including an unnecessary appendicectomy; laparotomy (open surgery); multiple laparoscopies (keyhole surgery); medically induced menopause; and various other treatments.
On October 6th, 2020, during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic, Carla endured further major surgery which entailed re positioning of her bladder, the insertion of ureteric stents, a radical hysterectomy, removing her uterus; ovaries; fallopian tubes; cervix; and part of her bowel, leaving her with an ileostomy (stoma) and forcing her into surgical menopause at just 29 years old.