I am now 21 and a fighter of endometriosis. I started having problems at age 15, but thought the problems were normal. I even had conformation from a doctor and family that these issues were normal. At age 17 I couldn’t take it anymore, I was in and out of the hospital and missing so much school.
I went to an ob/gyn and we scheduled my first laproscopy. After my surgery, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I was devastated. At 17, who can comprehend being told you have an incurable, painful disease? I know I couldn’t. Now, at age 21, I have had two laproscopies done, I have had three ob/gyn’s, and still no cure. Not only have I had two surgeries but I also have dealt with hormone treatments, birth control switching constantly (in an attempt to alleviate pain and stop my 20 day long periods), and being injured by a medication prescribed to me to help my endometriosis. I now have a huge pile of medical bills and a cluster of other health problems, but I won’t let that stop me. I am fighting for a cure, not only for myself and others like me, but for my daughter too.
It is extremely hard to get pregnant with endometriosis as severe as mine, so when my fiance’ and I got the news we were having a baby, we rejoiced. Kimiko is now nearly three years old, and I worry everyday that she will also have endometriosis. I know how hard I fight to go through each and every day. Pain medications and a strong will are the only things allowing me to make it to class everyday. At age 21 I have a hard time playing with my daughter, and have to struggle to walk to class. This isn’t right, and I will stand up for myself and fight endometriosis to the death. I will never give up and I will continue to research every outlet available. After six years of fight, I’m proud to say, I’m still going strong, I fight like a girl
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