Narika calls for help as she fights endometriosis
NARIKA Blines isn't normally the type of person who likes to ask for help, but when she was confronted with news from her doctor that she would be unable to bear her own children unless she harvested her eggs, she put her pride aside.
Narika, 22, was diagnosed with Endometriosis at age 17 after suffering excruciating pains from large tumours on her ovaries.
Since her diagnosis, Narika has had numerous surgeries, endless meetings with specialists and has changed her diet in an attempt to slow down the progression of Endometriosis, a disease that affects one in ten Australian women and has no cure.
But there's one thing Narika is unable to change. The affect the disease has had on her ability to produce eggs.
In January, Narika was told that in two to three years' time her body will have stopped producing eggs all together and that she might not even have any eggs left in a year's time.
This has left her with two options, to have a family now or have her eggs frozen.
For Narika, being a mother was always in her plan but she never thought she would have to become one in her early 20's, which is why she has decided to start a Go Fund Me page to raise funds to freeze her eggs.
The local retail worker said Endometriosis causing infertility was always something in the back of her mind.
"It's pretty common with Endometriosis, so in a way I was prepared but that didn't make the news any easier," she said.
"I've already had one round of injections that failed so we've got another injection to trial in June and if that doesn't work my only option will be for my partner and I to have kids now which is a big decision to make at age 22."
Each round of injections costs around $10,000 and with the first round of injections having failed, Narika is counting on her second round to be successful.
But she can't afford to raise the money on her own, which is why she created a Go Fund Me page earlier this week. The page has already received over $1000 in donations.
"I am not someone who likes to ask for help, but a life without being able to bear my own child is not one that I'm ready to face," she said.
"It took a while to get the guts up to start the page but in just a few days I've received so many kind wishes and donations, even from strangers. It's been really overwhelming and I've been brought to tears.
"Everyone around me has been so supportive; there's no chance that I could do this without these kind people who've donated."
To help Narika visit gofundme.com/narika.
Endometriosis is present when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb occurs outside this layer and causes pain and/or infertility.
176 million women worldwide suffer with endometriosis.