When I got my first period I walked out of the bathroom crying and scared. My mum told me, “Don’t be scared, it’s normal”. But getting your period in my family was never normal.
That’s all thanks to endometriosis; an ugly and unspoken disease that afflicts the women in my family.
I will never forget the time my mother was in so much pain she could hardly see straight and crashed her car in the middle of the city.
I will never forget the family holiday we took to Hong Kong, when my sister was close to haemorrhaging, barely able to walk 100 metres in a shopping centre, before having to run to a bathroom. She was bedridden for days, so pale and weak from the loss of blood.