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Lea’s Story (Endometriosis)

Yellow RibbonI am 27 and sometimes feel a lot older. In my battle with endometriosis I have learned to never take things for granted and enjoy the good days to the fullest.

Here’s my story. I had my daughter at 17 years old and had a rough pregnancy. My husband and I tried for three years to have a second child but we didn’t have any luck. I kept feeling a lump in my side and the doctor didn’t do anything. I ended up in the ER and I found out that I was having a miscarriage. I didn’t even know I was pregnant. Afterwards I went to a surgeon and they took out a golf-ball size mass of endometriosis.

Since then I have had three more surgeries for endometriosis and they put me on the Lupron shot because every woman wants to go through menopause twice in one lifetime. Well due to all the hormone therapies I had I had to have my gallbladder removed this year. All together I have had five miscarriages which the last two have been tubal so I have lost one ovary. I know the pain of wanting more and I fully believe if I didn’t have my daughter so young I wouldn’t have had her at all.

If you take anything out of this story take this: Life wouldn’t be worth living if it was easy. Heartache and struggle make you into a better person. Yes, it’s not the best thing to hear but always remember someone is there in your corner cheering you on and that can help you through your rough day. My biggest question was always if woman were put on this planet to reproduce why the hell am I here. Yes, I have been bitter and truthfully I couldn’t be around pregnant woman for along time. But I’ve made peace because at one point of time it could have killed me. When they had to take out my ovary I had so much hope because I wasn’t bleeding. Well, it was coming out of my tube so I had internal bleeding.

I am lucky to have an amazing family and my amazing husband that have stuck with me through my hard times. Sometimes you can’t put heartbreak into words. Just remember in your dark hours you are an amazing person who is fighting a fight. You have good days and bad days. Be thankful for both because without the bad you wouldn’t see how good the good ones really are. And if you ever feel like you have no one in your corner know I am there cheering you on and so are the rest of the people fighting in their own ring.

Lea
Ohio
Submitted 05/20/2014

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 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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