Endometriosis and Independence: CWS

This episode is about Rebekah Lloyd’s journey with endometriosis, entrepreneurship and the importance of independence for women. 

After experiencing a breakdown, an endometriosis diagnosis, and career and financial struggles, Rebekah Lloyd realised she’d lost her independence and fulfilment in life, and couldn’t find what she needed to regain it. She discovered she wasn’t alone and founded This Independent Life.

According to WHO, endometriosis affects roughly 10% of women and girls globally. It is a chronic disease associated with severe, life-impacting pain during periods, sexual intercourse, bowel movements and/or urination, chronic pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, nausea, fatigue, and sometimes depression, anxiety, and infertility. Yet it takes 7-10 years for women and young girls to get diagnosed.

“Knowledge is power.” Rebekah Llyod, founder of This Independent Life, talks to Sophia about her journey with endometriosis: her 10-year diagnosis, living with endometriosis, and what pushed her to create a community around this disease. 

They discuss the motivation and challenges of starting a new business, and what inspired Rebekah to create her own company to help women gain independence in their health, career, and finance. Rebekah explains the importance of knowledge to be in control of your own life and how she deals with expectations. 

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