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Lori’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Endometriosis)

Lori's Story (Endometriosis) I found out I had endometriosis when I was 20 years old. I was having problems with ovarian cysts bursting so they did my first laparoscopy and they found the endometriosis. I was then put on various different birth controls to help stop the cysts and yet the endometriosis was growing. Nothing worked.

The doctors performed surgery #2 to clean me out again. Then I was put on the Depo Provera shot for a year. They took me off the shot after a year because they say it’s not good to be on the shot for a long period of time (it causes bone loss and other problems). Once I was off it, the endometriosis grew back.

A year and a half later I was onto surgery #3. Same thing happened another year and half later and I was on surgery #4. At surgery  #4 they found the endometriosis had grown to my intestines, and there was so much endometriosis that my intestines were stuck together and they had to cut them apart…dangerous stuff. Coming around from surgery #4 was highly difficult, because the news I just heard was that my endometriosis was completely out of control and had grown into my intestines. I was put on a strict gluten-free diet to try and see if I cut out gluten if I would feel any better.

It’s now a year and half later and I’m starting to feel that same feeling again, as if another surgery is right around the corner. I wish there was a way to make people more aware of this awful disease. People don’t understand the severity of it and the toll it plays on your body unless they really take the time to learn about it or have it themselves. “What you can’t see does hurt her.” Anyway, that’s my story. Thank you for listening and may we find a cure for endometriosis so we can stop the suffering.

New Jersey
submitted 3-12-2012

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.

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