I started to suffer from endometriosis pain when I was younger. This was difficult because, at that age, it was hard to explain my pain. My teachers and friends just never seemed to understand. They would often tell me I was too young to know what pain was.
I have a specific memory of going to volleyball practice and telling my coach that I had to take a break because I was in pain. He didn’t understand and told me that I needed to learn to deal with a little bit of pain if I wanted to stay on the team. To this day, my heart breaks every time I think about this. I shouldn’t have been forced to choose between pushing through my pain and staying on the team I loved.
People don’t understand what women with endometriosis go through. They belittle my condition and tell me that I’m weak. I am not weak, I am strong. I hope, by sharing my story, someone else who deals with the constant battle of endometriosis will be inspired.
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