I remember my first period. How could I not? The majority of my day was spent right next to the toilet in withering pain, with cold sweats and vomiting. This went on for around 2 years. I was experiencing terrible pains every month and, not only when I was on my period, but at any random time! The pain started to become too much for me to handle, and no amount of over-the-counter pain killers were even taking a tiny but of the pain away. So I decided to visit my doctor, who referred me to specialists. They told me it was all in my head and that I was somehow thinking up the pain on my own so my body actually thought it was going through a hard time.
Fast forward to about 8 months ago. I got a huge surge of pain that landed me in the emergency department (I can’t count how many times I have visited that place) and an internal scan was ordered. To make a long story short, it was found that I had a large dermoid cyst on my left ovary and quite possibly endometriosis, since I had recently found out my cousins had it. So I had surgery to remove the cyst, and it was confirmed I had endo, stage 3. This was October last year, and I dread the day when I get those massive pains back and knowing I will need another lap. But being able to relate with other beautiful women who have and are suffering from the same chronic illness and are still being incredibly strong is such a big influence for me. I fear for not being able to conceive children and having a family of my own. The best thing I can do is hope for the best as well as doing everything I can to stay healthy and be as active and positive as I possibly can.
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.