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Jamie’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Imperforate Hymen)

Burgundy RibbonI was a completely active athletic child till the age of 12 , all of a sudden out of nowhere I began to have paralyzing pains that would leave me in a fetal position for I don’t know how long. One day when I was pushing on my stomach crouched in pain I felt something that felt like a golf ball in the left side of my lower abdomen. I had no idea of course what this was and of course I had no idea that it had something to do with the pain I had been suffering with for quite some time. Without getting into great detail, the pain got even more paralyzing and the golf ball grew rapidly, as well as the paralyzing pain to the point where I just could not move at all.

My father finally decided to take me to our family practitioner and to make that part of this story short it took almost a year of every test they could give to find cause, it was horrible and painful. All that I went through at 12 years old being all alone, being poked and probed in more ways then anyone could imagine, repeating the same test over and over, you name it I had it. I missed a whole year of school in the seventh grade as well as I lost my childhood from this. By the end of the year from when this began my whole left side had filled with this growth to where I could no longer move at all.

My family doctor finally sent me to my suaver is what I call him, an ob/gyn specialist surgeon. I will never forget that day, scared to death laying on that table, now 13, my aunt by my side blowing up gloves making turkey’s out of them to ease my discomfort. It took no longer then two min before the doctor was in complete awe. I remember him starting to insert the speculum and he froze. I couldn’t see him but I could read my aunt’s facial expression, they said relax and then he tried a baby speculum. It was so quick he jumped up quickly looked at my aunt and asked me to get dressed, and asked to speak with with us in his office. I of course had no clue of what was going on or what they were talking about. I understood nothing all I remember was the confusion and awe in their faces. Next thing I knew I was having surgery still oblivious to what I had. I have seen the pictures after the surgery but still had no idea. It turns out my vaginal hole was smaller then my pee hole which is called an imperforate hymen which in term means my hymen was growing inside of my abdomen.

Submitted 06/12/2014

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 article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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