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Shannan’s Story (Endometriosis)

Shannan's Story (Endo)“Well, I finally have an answer.”

That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I woke up from surgery and overheard the doctors talking about injecting me with Lupron. Tears were streaming down my face. I knew it was endometriosis, I had a gut feeling for months. I am now 19 years old but this all started when I was a freshman in high school (2006). My periods were unbearable, the pain was sickening. I would miss school, work, and the normal activities of a high schooler.

For several years I worked with doctors to try birth control, we tried almost every pill, they didn’t seem to help. My periods were lasting over a week. Just last year we switched to the depo shot, which was an injection you got every 3 months. I had A LOT of what they called breakthrough bleeding but was told it would slow down with each injection, 5 doses in and I was still bleeding. They took me off of that and put me on nuvarin. Earlier this year it seemed to work until one week I started bleeding and didn’t stop for over a month. About 2 months ago I went in for an exam and my doctor knew something wasn’t right. She tried to talk me out of the diagnostic laparoscopy surgery because I was so young, she gave me other options like taking my ‘NuvaRing” out and letting my cycle run its course, or to put me on lupron without the surgery.

I broke down and cried, I was exhausted from the guessing games, I wanted answers so we scheduled my surgery to be in two weeks, June 15 2012 (the only time open). I was scared and nervous. I was 85% sure I was coming out with endometriosis and sure enough I did. I recovered with minor complications but was up and about a week later. But my journey wasn’t over, I am now on lupron and it is effecting me in ways I never thought possible. The side effects are really negative, I’m moody, emotional, very sensitive and depressed. I rarely sleep, more like toss and turn. I’ve been in a relationship for 2.5 years, it hasn’t been the best but at times he was so understanding and supportive, but since my diagnosis there has been no support. We fight all the time because he just cant understand what im going through and how badly my medicine takes its toll on me. I had no choice but to close that chapter of my life and start a new one.

This is all so very fresh to me, its been less that a month since my diagnosis. I not only have my future to worry about but now I’m dealing with having to let go of someone I loved so much. I am happy to finally have answers and hope that my 6 month treatment will work for me. My biggest fear is not being able to have children of my own but I try to remain positive for the future. I pray my story helps and I will update in the future. Thanks so much for the support on here. Here’s to hope and happiness.

Submitted 7-3-2012

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.

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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  1. Shannan (author)

    I am so glad to see my story published, however alot has changed since. As soon as my treatment with the Lupron was up my pain came back instantly. I am now having my second surgery this upcoming Tuesday May 21st. I’m nervous but staying positive. I have since learned to focus on myself and my health and thank god everyday for the support I have. I will continue to fight like a girl <3

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