I am Andrea; a passionate sports person with an extreme sense of adventure. I am a proud dreamer, always thinking about crazy things that I would like to achieve. The Sea to Summit Extreme is my craziest dream so far. In July 2019 I will be attempting to swim the English Channel, Cycle 544 mile to Chamonix and then climb the highest peak in Europe – all in 5 days.Why? To challenge my own personal limits and use it as platform to promote awareness of Endometriosis and Cervical Cancer.
To the outside world, it would appear that I have a pretty cool life and have been successful. They wouldn’t be wrong, but what people don’t see are the hurdles and daily challenges I have often faced along the way. From a very young age I have had many gynaecological (aka ‘lady’) problems. I have suffered from Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, multiple fibroids and more recently found out that I had early stage Cervical Cancer – all of which have culminated in me having a full abdominal Hysterectomy at the age of 35.
Endometriosis is a debilitating condition that affects 1 in 10 women in the UK, yet many people have never heard of it. I was one of these people. When I was first diagnosed, I had no idea how to pronounce the word, let alone know what it was!
Endometriosis is often difficult for people to talk about, mostly because it relates to female sexual organs! I believe this is a big part in why people are not aware of it. This leads to young girls and women going undiagnosed for an average of 7 years.
By supporting me and donating to Endometriosis UK, you will be helping to promote this awareness. Your money will go directly towards providing high quality and reliable information about endometriosis and treatment options.
For more information about my challenge visit my website: www.seatosummitextreme.com
Please help me make a difference! Thank you. xx