Greetings ladies. I am LaQuanda Hart. I am a 29-year-old female from Springfield, SC. I was diagnosed with endometriosis well over 15 years ago. I have tirelessly gone through 9 different procedures due to this rare disease. Believe it or not, after all the procedures and surgeries I have had, the pain is STILL here. I dealt with the excruciating pain for so long that I was at the point of throwing in the towel. It felt like I wasn’t living a normal life as most young ladies do. When I was in High School I spent a week and 2 days out of school a month because of the excruciating pain that I was experiencing. I was at the hospital the entire time getting morphine or dilaudid injections to try and suppress the pain. In my 15 years of dealing with this I have had recurring cancer cells and a hemorrhagic ovary that bled out into my stomach area.
Just recently my urologist told me that the endometriosis had spread to my bladder. I am now suffering back issues that endometriosis may have caused. I will be getting tested for Multiple Sclerosis. Through all of my long dark and painful nights I kept the faith and kept GOD in the midst of what I was going through. I have had a partial hysterectomy as well as a recent surgery on January 14, 2011 and I am still suffering but I believe there is hope.
Though we are told there is no cure I am praying that the Endometriosis Foundation Association will continue their efforts to find a cure for this horrible disease that has no face. It may not seem life-threatening or that serious to many but it is life-threatening and depressing for the ones who suffer with it. Just a few months ago, I was at the point where I felt like I was a worthless young lady and that because of all that I went through and my health issues I would never find true-love or an understanding companion. Others do not know the significance or the impact it has on our lives, but it can cause a great depression that could lead to horrible things. I am now able and willing to be open about my experiences and about how I wanted to end my life because I wasn’t living a normal one.
I will be an advocate for others who suffer. There is hope for all of us who suffer with endometriosis. It is very tiresome for family members who has to be right beside the young lady who suffers through her crisis. I am here to let all young ladies know that it is a disease that makes you feel like dark times will never turn into light but I am a firm believer that help is on the way. What we go through can be a little easier with a supporting family, friends, religious groups, each other, and a prayerful life. I am on a move nationally to let all who suffer know that we will fight on and endure the suffering until Endo has a cure.
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.