A Pinecrest student is organizing a health forum for teens and their moms Sunday at South Miami Hospital.
BY JASMINE KRIPALANI
At the age of 12 -- before she was even officially a teenager -- Valerie Berrin had to learn about the inner workings of her reproductive system.
The Pinecrest resident had been diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition where the uterine lining tissue is found in other pelvic organs, and had to undergo surgery. She quickly became familiar with terms she had not yet been taught in school or at home.
''I realized that if I wasn't sick, I wouldn't know much about my body,'' the 18-year-old Gulliver Preparatory senior said.
Now Berrin wants to make sure other teens get educated about their bodies, and has organized a mother-daughter health forum Sunday at South Miami Hospital.