I have suffered singe age 9 and still do. I’ve been through countless treatments and surgeries from this disease. I have gone through several doctors in the past that accused me of exaggerating or gave me a misdiagnosis.
Growing up with endometrioisis was difficult. I couldn’t always attend P.E., play sports, or do things with friends that I would’ve liked. I always had extra sets of clothing packed, since I would bleed more than someone without endo would. On the days that I wasn’t able to attend P.E, I would sit in the guidance office and catch up on studies and/or help out. Some days, the pain was so bad that my mom would have to pick me up from school.
When I became an adult, more questions arose. Typical questions that I was asked were, “Why are you always sick?”, “Why are you having so many surgeries?”, “Will you ever get better?”, and “If what you have is so serious, then why is nobody doing anything?” I had several surgeries last year, 2014. My most recent surgery was in September 2014, when I had a hysterectomy. Endometriosis made its way to my bladder, and I also suffer from some other illnesses related to Endometriosis.
I currently have only my right ovary, but Endo has attacked once again. I have recently reached out and formed a Facebook group page, event, etc. to help and spread awareness. I used to suffer in silence, and looking at me, you would have never known. I used to be afraid of the judgement I would recieve. I know what it’s like to cancel with friends at the very last moment because of being balled up in horrible pain. I know what it is like to have failed relationships because most men can’t or won’t deal with you and the disease, along with the others that come with it. I know what it’s like to struggle financially because of not being able to work or drive and having to pay numerous bills from endo treatments. I know what it’s like to use a heating pad to attempt to relieve some of the pain and end up with red marks and still have intense pain.
I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor! What some consider scars, I consider my battle wounds that show I’m a Fighter. I am happy to be a Fight Like A Girl Member and am hoping my story will encourage others!
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.