My fight began when I was 11. I was told that some women just have painful periods. Finally in 1986, at the age of 13 and after 3 surgeries, my life changed forever when I was told I had endometriosis and they cleaned it off.
Six months later I was back in the O.R. My doctor couldn’t believe it; my uterus was completely covered. He told me I was stage 4. They didn’t know what to do because of my age so they would go in every 6-9 months and clean it all off.
In 1987 they started me on Lupron. My first treatment was a year and a half long. I was given 3 more treatments before it was even approved for women. Then after it became more well known, I was given 4 or 5 more treatments. When I was 20, my doctors went in and cut the nerves in my spinal cord to my uterus. In all, I’ve had 26 surgeries.
I was very lucky and blessed, because after losing 2 pregnancies, I then had my son. Raising him as a single mom and dealing with the endometriosis, the effects of Lupron, and all the surgeries hasn’t been easy, but it has been interesting. It’s been 27 yrs now and I know I’ll be like this for the rest of my life. But I’ve never let it stop me from living my life and I never will.
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.