I had been seeing a gynecologist to help manage my endometriosis for 6 years. We had been through 5 laparoscopic surgeries together and the birth of my son. But when my doctor retired, I had to go on a mission to find a new one. It was difficult.
I searched from doctor to doctor, driving miles and miles to try and find someone who could help me, but I couldn’t find anyone. A lot of them didn’t want to take me on as a patient because of all my past surgeries. And some even told me that, now that I had given birth, my endometriosis would just clear up on its own. But that wasn’t true at all. As a matter of fact, I was in worse pain than ever before.
I was hopeless. I couldn’t find a new doctor, and my endometriosis felt like it was starting to take over everything inside of me. Eventually, I got the name of a gynecologist that I had heard really good things about. Even though she was three-and-a-half hours away from me, I decided to make an appointment.
That first day I went to see her, I came prepared and brought my previous medical records. She went over all of them and talked to me in great detail. At the end of the appointment, she told me she had decided she was going to help me. I was so excited to finally have a doctor who listened to me.
For women like us with endometriosis, it’s so hard to find help, because people don’t really know that much about the condition. But, I’ll say this. No woman should ever give up. You might hit rock bottom, and you might feel like there is no help in the world for you. If you keep your head up, though, you might just find that one doctor who will say, “Yes, I will help you.”
This story was submitted by a real woman and reflects her personal experience. It does not reflect AbbVie’s thoughts, opinions, or beliefs. Before making any changes to your treatment or lifestyle, consult with a physician.