Exclusive: The Olympic swimming champion tells how she discovered she had the disease and why she’s decided to talk about it now
It was before the Rio Olympics that I finally realised there was something wrong with me – that the cramps, back pain, stomach ache, irregular menstrual cycles, cravings and fatigue weren’t just the result of my gruelling training regime.
My gynaecologist suggested I could have endometriosis but the only way to diagnose that is through surgery and, in an Olympic year, there was no way that was going to happen. It wasn’t a possibility so I just had to deal with it.
I never second guessed my dedication to swimming. I just thought, yeah, training is hard
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