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Addy’s Story (Endometriosis)

Addy's Story EndoI was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 15, after I kept rupturing simple ovarian cysts. I was diagnosed through a laparoscopy, and my GYN removed the endometriosis. I had a Mirena IUDS inserted a month after my diagnosis, and all was well. A year after my diagnosis in 2013, I developed a 5 cm endometrioma and had it surgically removed. My endometriosis was back, and it was stage 3. I was hoping it would be controlled. So I went on with life, taking ibuprofen and zofran to control my symptoms.

By the next year, I grew a 7 cm endometrioma, and I was rushed into emergency surgery. When my GYN went to remove it, my entire left ovary was damaged, and my endometriosis was now stage 4. I’m 17, and the doctor wants me on Lupron so I can save my fertility. I’ve heard horror stories about the drug, but it’s either I take the drug or have a hysterectomy before I turn 18. I’ve never felt so lost.

Addy
Ohio
Submitted 01/30/2015

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.

This story 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.

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2 comments

  1. went through the same thing after 9 surgeries I finally had the hysterectomy at 21. With it came new complications. If they had the drug back then I would of taken it. I was blessed enough to have 1 child, and now 2 beautiful grandchildren. Don’t give up hope. I work at a school so I feel the love from many areas. I know the depression that comes with all these decisions, but it does get so much better. God will find a way. Hang in there, new choices will come.

  2. Addy,

    I did the Lupron for a year, although sometimes it had its DOWN moments (hot flashes, mood swings) i actually had some endo pain releif while on it, and I was able to still get pregnant after it. I have been a stage 4, for about 7 years. Sometimes, it feels like a hopeless condition, becasue there are only treatments, no cures….but try treatments, they are all so different for everyone, use the hysterectomy as a last option, you are young Have you looked into natuaral ways to heal?

    Best of luck!
    Stacy from Wisconsin

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