The Deadline – When the clock counts down on parenthood

Originally Published on RNZ – 17 April 2023

At 26, Charlie Dreaver was given a deadline. 
She was told she should start trying for children before she turned 30. 
The deadline, which was the result of an endometriosis diagnosis, meant she suddenly had to reassess her life plans. And fast. 

Now, within months of her 30th birthday, her deadline is looming. 

In an In Depth series for RNZ, Charlie Dreaver speaks to other women about their journey with the condition, as well as experts to inform her decision making. 

She sets out to open the conversation about endometriosis and its effect on those who suffer from it. 
She starts by sharing her own story. 

Read every article from the series below:

Finding a way forward with hope and strength

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