Alisha Winder was born in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. She moved to Victoria with her family in 1992. In 2011, Alisha and her husband moved to Shawnigan Lake where they started a family together raising their two daughters, a dog, and a cat.
Alisha started experiencing pain at age 16. She had her first surgery at age 26 which led to a diagnosis. She now lives with the chronic pain of an invisible illness called Endometriosis.
This disease affects 1 in 10 women, 176,000,000 worldwide. There is no cure. Treatments may involve surgery, hormone therapy, physical therapy, and diet, with little to no resolution. As well as chronic pain, Endometriosis can cause infertility, menstrual pain, and significant back and leg pain. Endometrial-like tissue migrates and grows elsewhere in the abdomen. Cysts, lesions and scar tissue cause bowel, bladder and stomach issues and complications.
Alisha draws her © ENDOtheLINE pictures to help her cope and to bring humour, awareness, and an image to an invisible illness.