I found out for sure I had endometriosis at 21–actually just a few months ago (June 2011). I had been living with horrible periods, cramps, and sadness since I was 12. I had no idea what endo even was until I was 18, sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, reading a women’s health magazine.
Living with endometriosis has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with. It’s hard to tell people that I can’t go out because I have cramps when I’m not even on my period. Hard to tell people I’m so depressed because I have these “implants” growing where they shouldn’t and I don’t know if I’ll be able to have children.
But, I refuse to let endo take me down. I look for opportunities to better my health, my awareness, and the awareness of girls just like me whenever possible. I try to involve myself in as many outreach programs and research as possible. No girl should have to live with something as debilitating as endometriosis can be. I will keep fighting for a cure, better treatments, and a wider understanding of endometriosis as long as I can and as long as there are people and groups willing to do the same.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.