The Spoonie Society was founded in Melbourne, Australia by Dominique Ribeiro Da Silva and Helene Hill. Dominique and Helene are very familiar with the suffering and stigma that is associated with having a chronic illness as they both suffer from Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Dominique was diagnosed with Endometriosis in July of 2019 via
laparoscopy & endometriosis excision. She has since undergone multiple procedures in order to obtain the best quality of life. Dominique has built a career in digital marketing working for Australia’s leading publisher for the health industry. Dominique’s entrepreneurial spirit has assisted in bringing The Spoonie Society to fruition and hopes that this diary will assist in supporting the spoonie
Helene was diagnosed with Endometriosis in August of 2018 and
has also undergone multiple surgeries & procedures including
a ketamine infusion for pain. Helene has a Bachelors in Fashion Design from
Whitehouse Institute of Design and has previously worked in Hong Kong for a global sourcing company. In addition to this Helene is a strongwoman athlete and was crowned Victoria’s 3rd Strongest Woman in 2019.
Dominique and Helene met through social media in 2020 after sharing their journey’s with Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Together Dominique and Helene hope that through The Spoonie Society, chronic illness sufferers will find their voice and help gain awareness on chronic illnesses.