Hi, my name is Jenna. I am 21 years old. I just recently found out last month that I have endometrosis. It runs in my family, however, no one has struggled as much as I have.
For 6 years, I’ve had horrible stomach pains and really bad periods. I have been to numerous doctors, and all have told me that I have IBS. So for a few years, I just learned how to manage the pain. However within the past year, everything has gotten worse. My periods began to be unbearable, so I thought I had an ovarian cyst and my told my family doctor what was going on. She wanted me to get an ultrasound, so that is what I did.
Two days after my ultrasound, before I got any of my results back, I ended up in the ER because my pain was so bad. The ultrasound showed that I have three cysts on both of my ovaries, but the doctor said my cysts weren’t big enough to be causing the kind of pain I was describing. So I went to my obgyn, and from there he diagnosed me with endometriosis. I will be getting my surgery to treat it next month. I just don’t feel like I can wait that long. This disease has taken over my life. I’m so sick some days, it’s hard for me to get out of bed. I can’t do anything I used to do. I feel like my life is over. And lately, I have been so depressed. I just want to know if I’m going to be able to be a mother someday. That is my dream. I love children. My boyfriend and I have tried and haven’t had any luck. ;( It’s tearing me up inside, and I have no one to talk to about it all because no one seems to understand what it is that I’m going through. That is why I joined this group, to get some support and advice. God bless my boyfriend, he has been my number one supporter through all of this. He has stayed by my side through everything and is trying so hard to make me feel better.
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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.