Denise Campbell is a Social Service Worker with an Honours Graduate from the Social Service Worker program at Sheridan College. She believes Black patients have an even more difficult time getting a diagnosis for endometriosis and doctors are less likely to believe Black people about their pain. For many years she suffered from sharp, stabbing, debilitating pelvic pain, chest pains, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, collapsed lung, fatigue, a nodule protruding from her belly button and bleeding from her belly button. She was diagnosed with thoracic, diaphragmatic and umbilical endometriosis at the age of 35. She was also diagnosed with thymoma and supraventricular tachycardia. Due to endometriosis, Denise feels that she is missing out on things that define her and are important to her livelihood — like her job, social life and favourite activities. She is guided by gratitude, self-compassion and is passionate about empowering patients in health and social care. Denise wants to raise awareness about endometriosis by bringing her experience living with this chronic disease to Canadians and the EndoAct.
Ms. Campbell has nothing to disclose