A young sufferer of stage four endometriosis recently graduated from Unisa with 24 distinctions.
Tinevimbo Matambanadzo (26) obtained a BA in community and health psychology.
Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition affecting 176 million women worldwide.
It occurs when tissue similar to that of the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus.
It could grow anywhere – in the appendix, the lungs or bladder.
The symptoms include abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, severe period pain, back pain, leg pain, amongst other symptoms.
“The thing about endometriosis is that it is mistaken for ‘just being a period pain’,” said Matambanadzo.
“In most cases where a woman is experiencing period pain that stops her from doing daily activities, it could be endometriosis or any other menstrual-related condition. Pain is not normal,” she said.
Endometriosis had no cure so a woman could experience symptoms for most of her life.