Monday 27 January, 2020

What's Up? Beauty with a purpose, Ashlie sheds light on Endo struggles

Ashlie White Barrett

Ashlie White Barrett

Among her numerous interests, Jamaican beauty queen Ashlie Barrett is using her voice to advocate for females with endometriosis, a debilitating disease affecting tens of thousands of women and girls in Jamaica and nearly 200 million worldwide.

The Miss Jamaica World 2016 winner has herself been battling the disease since she was 16.

"I have a serious passion for advocacy for women, especially for women battling these particular conditions that mess with their reproductive systems," said Barrett, who runs a blog raising awareness about the struggles females with endometriosis endure.

One of the top 10 most painful diseases, endometriosis is a common illness, affecting 176 million women worldwide. Endometriosis often goes undiagnosed for six to 10 years from the initial symptoms because the pain may be mistaken for normal menstrual cramping and it can mimic other diseases. As a result, preteens and teenagers have particularly high rates of misdiagnosis.

Barrett explained that the disease affects women physically, mentally and emotionally. 

She speaks about her advocacy and more in an all-new What's Up? Watch our interview with her in the video edited by Ramon Lindsay below.

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