Local women start endometriosis support group

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- You may have never heard of endometriosis, but it's more common than you may realize.

"If you think of ten women that you know, one of them will have endometriosis out of ten," Madeline Pain, an endometriosis patient, said.

Even though it's relatively common, it's equally isolating.

"Endometriosis can really make you feel like you're alone, that's kind of the irony," Pain said.

That's why a local group of women with the disease is starting a support group here in the Valley, it's called Western Slope Endo Warriors.

"It's really nice to have women here locally that understand what you're going through and just to have that support that people you can get together with when you need it," Pain said.

They say the goal of the group is to help with the emotional trauma that comes with the physical.

"Women who are in this much pain, anybody who is in chronic pain, when you are not validated, when nobody tries to help you, when you are refused care, some people have a breaking point," Stephanie Burgess, a member of the group, said. "Suicide is a part of endometriosis and it's sad."

To get in contact with the group you can call Burgess at (970) 985-9776. We also have national resources listed to the right of this article.