Several years ago, I had a Pap smear that was abnormal. So, my doctor scheduled me for an ultrasound just to check that everything was okay. During that ultrasound, he saw something odd and scheduled me for a laparoscopic surgery. He found lesions on my ovaries, and that’s how I found out that I had endometriosis.
I’d heard about endometriosis before, but I never thought I had it. And yet, thinking back on it, I realized I’d had irregular, lengthy, heavy, painful periods for the past 4 years or so.
I had never said anything about them, though, because I didn’t want to seem like a baby! I didn’t want people to think I was complaining. And, I didn’t want to feel weak. So, I just suffered through them and never told anyone about my pain.
I’m so glad I had that Pap smear. If I hadn’t, I would have continued to go on in silence. But, now that I know I have endometriosis, I’ve started to read more about it. It turns out it’s a lot more common than I thought. I’m no longer afraid to be seen as a whiner or a drama queen. I now know I have a disease that is real, and I feel empowered to speak up about it.
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