ALEX Corbett was just 12 when the first symptoms of endometriosis appeared.
But it took until she was 17 to be diagnosed with the female reproductive system disease that has no cause and no cure.
"You assume doctors will fix you, that's what they're there for," Ms Corbett said.
"But when there actually isn't a cure for what you have, it makes you reassess how you perceive the medical world and teaches you that at the end of the day, you really only have yourself."
Out of sheer frustration, Ms Corbett, now 20, started a blog, www.the-endo-diaries.com.
"It had been three years since my diagnosis, totalling eight now that I've been sick and I've finally had enough. Not breaking point enough, but I'm going to grab this thing and show it what I'm made of enough."
To help promote women's health issues, Ms Corbett is holding a free Jean Hailes Women's Health Week Ballarat event on Friday at Ballarat Lodge.
WHAT: Jean Hailes Women's Health Week Ballarat event
WHERE: Ballarat Lodge, 613 Main Road
WHEN: Friday, 3pm until 8pm
WHO: Stalls and motivational speakers
It will be held between 3pm until 8pm and will include guest speakers, including a life coach and fitness and health blogger.
Stalls on various women's health issues will also be available.
"I really want to raise more awareness of endometriosis because there are more and more women suffering from it."