Rosie Costen

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Rosie Costen is a Neuroscience student at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta and has been living with endometriosis since age 12.  She started suffering from increasingly intensifying abdominal pain until she was surgically diagnosed in December 2020.  Her fight for proper and humane treatment was kickstarted when a doctor informed her at the age of 15 that getting pregnant could “fix” her problems. Rosie brings a decade of lived experience with endometriosis to EndoAct to help raise awareness about the disease and to validate the suffering of all people in the greater community.  As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she also hopes to increase access for marginalized communities already facing healthcare discrimination through advocacy and education, building on her TEDxULeth talk.