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Amanda’s Story (Endometriosis)

Amanda's FLAG Story (Endometriosis)In late 2010, at the age of 20, after years of HORRIBLE periods, irregular spotting, nausea, and being told it was all in my head, I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. Over the next few months, I was scheduled for my first laparoscopy. In that time the doctors made it seem as if I could get better after having the cell growths removed from their inappropriate spots, via laser and cauterizing technique.

February of 2011, I had my first laparoscopy. I awoke to the surgeon showing me pictures and telling me that I had a severe case. I scheduled my follow-up with my GYN and it was then that I found out that I might not ever have the chance to be pregnant or become a mommy. I always knew that when I grew up I wanted to be a mommy. It was unfathomable that I would never have the chance to hold a baby of my own! So, I cried. I cried a lot. And shortly after healing from surgery, slowly but surely, my cramps peeked back into my pelvic region. My periods began to get heavy again and I spotted quite often.

Just 10 months later, I found myself scheduling my second laparoscopy. Only this time, the doctor was going to give me a series of two injections called Lupron. It’s given a couple weeks after the surgery and then again in a couple months.

I underwent my surgery in December of 2011. I awoke to the doctor not only telling me how bad my ENDO is, but also informing me that my right Fallopian tube is collapsed. He said, “You’ll probably need IVF for any chance of conceiving.” I cried and cried. But, I continued my treatment and came back for my first shot of Lupron. This medication puts your body in a menopause-like state in hopes of preventing cell growth. About a month after the shot I began to experience some symptoms; extreme tiredness, nausea/emesis ALL the time, and some hot flashes. I attributed them to the shot and dealt with the discomfort as best I could. But, the emesis in particular was what brought me into the ER.

In the Emergency Room I told them of my ENDO and was treated for hyper-emesis and abdominal pain. NOTHING seemed to help. Finally, the doctor ran a pregnancy test because it is the only thing he hadn’t tested my blood for. He returns with a POSITIVE result. I was pregnant. I WAS PREGNANT! Although the entire time I was pregnant I had extreme hyper-emesis. But, you know what? I’d trade ENDO symptoms for pregnancy symptoms any day! At 35 weeks pregnant I GAVE BIRTH TO A HEALTHY BABY BOY (6 LBS, 18.5 IN)! I was told that had I carried to term he would’ve been eight or nine pounds!

When my son was about six months old my cramps slowly started to return. He turned ONE YEAR OLD in late September. I have my third consult for a laparoscopy scheduled but everyday that I get to spend with my son makes me stronger. My baby gives me hope. He gives me a reason to fight!

Amanda
Hawaii
Submitted 11/06/2013

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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One comment

  1. Wow! your story was very inspiring and I’m so happy that you were blessed with your son. Women are so strong and even after all you have been through there was a blessing at the end. I’m scheduled for my first Lap surgery next month and I’m nervous, I don’t have any children yet and I pray that I can. It seems everyone’s story is different but yet the same. We all just want a happy ending, anyway thank you for sharing it really put a smile on my face =)

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