Christine Layton is a wife, mother, broadcaster and newly minted ‘endo warrior.’
After a 20 year struggle with pelvic pain and excruciating pain during sex, she was diagnosed with deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) of the bowel, vagina and rectum. In the words of her specialist, they were glued together.
It was a moment of immense relief and extreme frustration for Christine.
She had long been told that her pain was normal for a woman, and that she should either use lubrication or take a holiday from work. While it was a good excuse to clear some annual leave, it lead to years of exhaustion.
Christine is determined to share her story in the hope that it will encourage others to persevere when it comes to investigating their pain.
When she’s not dancing along to fellow endo warrior Emma Wiggle with her baby daughter, Christine hosts Saturday Breakfast on ABC Radio Perth.
Wooed by the beauty and history of WA’s oldest port, Christine spent a number of years working at the ABC in Albany where she presented regional Breakfast and Mornings, statewide Afternoons and Drive whilst also producing a number of national programs.
Prior to the ABC, she dabbled in jazz clarinet at the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts before falling into traffic reporting for Main Roads in Perth and VicRoads in Melbourne.
Christine also taught lindy hop (a century-old style of partner jazz also known as swing dancing) for four years travelling around the world to master the craft.
Christine is truly honoured to be an Endometriosis Australia ambassador alongside so many outstanding and resilient women.