Hi, I’m seventeen years old and have been knowingly living with endometrosis for four years now. I have had multiple medical problems in my life, from ACL reconstruction to patching a hole in my heart. However, unlike those medical problems, this disease makes me struggle every single day. I hate how it controls my life.
I am a senior in high school and I’ve missed out on a lot of memorable events during it because I wasn’t able to move from my bed. I’ve also missed countless days of school and work. I try as hard as I can to cope with this disease and to be strong, but just when I think it’s under control…boom! I was wrong again. I’ve been on, what feels like, every kind of birth control they have and I’ve also had laparoscopic surgery to remove endo growth. It was removed from both of my hips and my bladder as well which helped for only one short year. We now believe it has grown onto my bowels.
I feel helpless considering there is approximately one week during the month when I’m not showing symptoms. My mother has been talking about the ”menopause shot” but I’m not sure how I feel about going through menopause at seventeen. I mean, haven’t I been through enough as it is? No matter what though, I try and keep my chin up because I will overcome this one day, just like everything else I have been through. Even though it feels uncontrollable, I will not let it define me. I try as hard as I can to live my life normally. I thank my mother for my mindset because she has basically been my backbone through it all. I don’t know what I would do without her. What doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger. Even though sometimes I think I would be better off dead and pain free. I will never ever stop fighting like a girl.
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