'Making something positive out of an awful few years' - Clevedon mum tells her story
PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 May 2019
A Clevedon mum-of-three has made it her mission to raise awareness for a condition she has battled for years and raise money for charity.
Charlotte Mainprice, aged 33, was diagnosed with endometriosis 11 years ago and was told it was 'nothing to worry about, would cause heavy and painful periods'. This has been found not to be the case. Which is why she wants to share her story in case other women are suffering too.
After having several surgeries and giving up her career. Charlotte set up Truly Scrumptious Treats to create 'something positive, something special and something people would enjoy'.
Two years ago, Charlotte attended a routine smear where the results came back inconclusive and was referred to see her gynaecologist as she had been suffering from severe pain as well.
The consultant booked Charlotte in for surgery to investigate.
Charlotte said: "In July 2017, I went in for a routine laparoscopic procedure for them to see the outside of my uterus and inside too.''
"This is when they found I had endometriosis wrapped around parts of my bowel, in my pelvic cavity, around my bladder and all over my ovaries and uterus.
"Inside the uterus there were very large fibroids and pre-cancerous cells in the lining of my uterus and cervix."
In September 2017, Charlotte underwent a six-and-a-half-hour surgery where she had a partial hysterectomy removing everything but the ovaries, due to her age the consultant believed this would be best. They were able to burn most of the endometriosis tissues and cysts.
After this surgery Charlotte did not have the best recovery and became very poorly with multiple bladder infections and suffering with crippling pain.
"In January 2018, a CT scan showed my left ovary had swollen and needed to be removed.
"In April 2018, I underwent another operation to remove the left ovary and there were cysts on my bowel and bladder which needed to be drained."
After undergoing another surgery in November 2018 to clear away abnormal cells in the bladder, Charlotte made the big decision to pursue her dream and start her own business, taking its name from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
She said: "It was never about making money, but it was about building something positive out of such an awful few years."
She has also dedicated her time using Truly Scrumptious Treats in helping to raise money for other charities, including the Ocean Unit at the Bristol Children's Hospital, CLIC, Mary Elton Primary School and the Ben Pritchard Foundation.
Charlotte said: "I urge all women who struggle with their menstrual cycle, or if they suffer with pain or feel like something is 'just not quite right' to go to their doctor and talk about this."
She said the support her husband Richard, with whom she renewed her wedding vows in December 2017, and three children Isabelle, Jack and Ruby is what kept her going over the past few years.
Charlotte hopes her business venture will continue to be 'this wonderful emporium of scrumptiousness' and will use her business website not only for work but also for her blog on her endometriosis journey.
She plans to take on a skydive for Endometriosis UK next April.
For more information about endometriosis, visit www.endometriosis.org.uk