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Kelly Moran supports Manchester High wellbeing programme

On Tuesday 18th December, we were delighted to welcome alumna Kelly Moran (Class of 2004) back to Manchester High School for Girls.

Kelly spoke to Sixth Form girls about the importance of taking responsibility and looking after your own health whilst maintaining a career as part of our wellbeing programme.

Kelly, who is the lead Metals Engineer for Boeing Research and Technology Europe, has suffered from Endometriosis for many years, but had to fight for over a decade and meet a number of GPs and consultants before finally receiving a diagnosis and was eager to give girls an insight into the condition, which effects 1 in 10 women and girls. 

“At its very worst, my condition led to failed relationships, unemployment and a complete lack of confidence, but it did allow me to put things into perspective and I now realise that it’s the things we sometimes take for granted that are most important.” 

Kelly also emphasised the understanding shown by her friends and family as she battled her condition. “When somebody has a long-term health condition, it is important to realise that they are significantly impacted by something which is completely out of their control. Empathy is incredibly important and if you know somebody that is struggling, listen to them, support them and try to put yourself into their shoes.”

The girls were particularly moved by the session as many of them admitted to having a family member or close friend that suffered from a long-term health condition. 

Manchester High timetables wellbeing sessions to ensure that girls maintain balance in their lives.

To find out more about endometriosis, please visit the NHS website. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/endometriosis/