Click For Photo: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/07/17/02/16143438-0-image-a-44_1563328445949.jpg
Most women dread 'that time of the month'.
But just one week would be a welcome relief for 17-year-old Chelsea Timandi who has had her period for three years straight, the blood only stopping in the past month because she has been put on a tablet that triggers artificial menopause.
Schoolgirl - Gold - Coast - Queensland - Nothing
The schoolgirl from the Gold Coast in Queensland has known nothing but labour-like pain since she was nine years old - a side effect of the endometriosis she has since been diagnosed with.
'When I was nine I would get extreme pelvic pain around my hips and thighs... it would go right down to my ankles sometimes,' she told FEMAIL.
Pains - Freezer - Bags - Ice - Body
'We thought it was growing pains and just used freezer bags of ice all over my body. I didn't think anything of it.'
When she turned 12, Chelsea was on a family trip around Europe when her period lasted the entire four weeks they spent away. Her mother knew that wasn't normal.
Appendix - Australia - Something
She couldn't laugh or move and they thought it might be her appendix but after returning to Australia it was found to be something more chronic.
'My GP was confused and kept asking if I'd had sex. I was 12 and didn't even know what that was. I think she thought I had an STI,' Chelsea said.
Women - Health - Doctor - Endometriosis - Laparoscopy
'Another women's health doctor thought I might have endometriosis but she didn't suggest a laparoscopy [surgery that diagnoses the condition] and it would be another three years before I had it done.'
When she was finally delivered the heartbreaking confirmation at 15, alongside another discovery of adenomyosis, the true weight of what Chelsea would have to face set in.
Hospital - Week - Stomach - Issues - Body
'I'm in hospital every other week. I always get random stomach issues and my whole body aches... sometimes it...
Wake Up To Breaking News!