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Kate’s Story (Endometriosis)

Endometriosis Ribbon My story begins when I was 16 years old. I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured in my abdomen. I required an emergency laparascopy surgery. A year later, at the age of 17, I had another ovarian cyst that hadn’t ruptured but needed to be punctured so the fluid could be removed. That was the day I found out I had endometriosis.

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I looked at the doctor confused and oblivious to what endometriosis even was. I had to do some research to better understand it and to figure out what we needed to do from that point on. I eventually had to do hormone therapy (I am still receiving treatment) to prevent from having a menstrual cycle in order to help treat the endo. From that point on I have had a total of five surgeries over the span of seven years. During the forth surgery, I had to make one of the biggest decisions of my life; remove an ovary and a Fallopian tube at the young age of 21.

At this point in my life I have learned that life is too short. My husband and I are now in the process of trying to start a family. We decided to see a fertility specialist this fall after failed attempts of trying to get pregnant the “old fashioned” way. The doctor said we looked good on paper and can move on to using fertility drugs to speed up getting pregnant. I pray everyday that it will work. My husband and I have decided together that we would be happy with one child because that would be a blessing in and of itself. Now I’m not a very religious person but I believe that God does things for a reason. I just hope that this works in my favor. I’ve decided that whether I have children or not that I will need to have a hysterectomy. Thankfully, I have a phenomenal doctor that has been with me since the beginning with this and is comfortable with what I believe is best for my quality of life.

I only wish that I knew people that can understand what it’s like to live with this difficult disease. It’s comforting to read the stories of others.

Kate
Minnesota
Submitted 11/13/2013

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.

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