Isabelle crosses France by bike to raise awareness of endometriosis

“Endo and bike, it's possible! »… This is the message that Isabelle Piercquet, passionate about cycling and suffering from endometriosis, wishes to convey.

Dsince July 17, Isabelle Piercquet set out to travel across France through 12 departments, from his adopted land in Brittany to the Moselle. Its objective is very clear, to raise awareness of endometriosis and the benefits of cycling. She is supported in her initiative by the association Endofrance and French Cycling Federation.

“The World Health Organization defines health not as the absence of disease but as a resource, physical and mental well-being. A nurse by training, I consider that sport and in particular cycling allows you to do good physically and mentally."

The yellow ribbon is the European symbol for endometriosis

The yellow ribbon is the European symbol for endometriosis

A story of resilience

When Isabelle discovered cycling, she was suffering from stage 4 endometriosis. The disease had spread to the renal and digestive systems. The pains were intense. From surgeries to treatment attempts, the young woman has finally found a balance. The hormonal treatment taken continuously has borne fruit. But despite his deep desire to bear a child, Isabelle will never become a mother. Cycling, his fulfilling work and his resilience allowed him to go through this terrible ordeal, to live intensely and to always exceed his limits.

“I have noticed how the cycling activity allows me to surpass myself, to also test my limits but above all to realize that movement is vital in this kind of chronic disease. My head and my body were better when I also saw the spirit of solidarity and mutual aid which reigns during the bike rides between enthusiasts of the little queen is important. My plan is to return by bike to my sources. "

A route of more than 700 kilometers

On July 17, Isabelle set off from Chartres de Bretagne. She will join Charlesville-Mézières in his native Ardennes July 28. The first 10 stages will allow her to cover more than 600 kilometers at the end of which she will take a break of a few days. From August 5 to 7, the courageous cycle tourist will cover the last 160 kilometers in the direction of the city of arrival, Metz. Throughout its journey, it will cross Ille et Vilaine, Mayenne, Orne, Eure, Yvelines, Paris, Oise, Aisne, Ardennes, Meuse, Meurthe-et- Moselle and La Moselle.

On the way to Metz

Metz will be the city of arrival

Focus on endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic disease that usually comes back. Patients' endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus and is not destroyed by the immune system. It is grafted onto organs and causes lesions, adhesions and ovarian cysts. It can colonize the genitals, the peritoneum, but also the urinary and digestive systems, which causes chronic pain, fatigue, digestive problems or even infertility. According to INSERM, 10% of women have endometriosis. 70% of these women suffer from crippling chronic pain. 40% experience infertility problems. There is no no specific treatment for endometriosis.

“Despite a very large number of cases, this disease dating back a century is still too little known and diagnosed late, with a delay of 7 years on average. "