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 & endometrial 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 runs her own activewear label.
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.