When my period first showed up, it lasted for about 7-11 days. I didn’t think much of it, because I didn’t know any better. But when I bled for 82 days straight—that’s right! 82 days in a row—I knew something must be wrong. My mother took me to see her doctor, but he couldn’t figure out what was going on.
I got the feeling that he didn’t even really take me seriously. I tried to tell him! I had sharp pain, dull pain, crawling-on-the-floor pain, curled-up-in-a-ball pain, balling-my-fists-against-my-ovaries pain! I had sitting-on-a-knife pain! Basket-of-swords pain! But he just told me that cramps are normal!
When I turned 18, I stopped seeing my mother’s doctor. Now that I was an adult, I thought it was appropriate that I find my own doctor! I wanted one who would be as invested in figuring out the mystery behind my pain as I was! So, I found a gynecologist and immediately asked her to give me a laparoscopy. She did, and that day I was diagnosed with endometriosis. What I learned from all this is to never stop trying to find someone who takes you seriously.
Never stop telling doctors exactly how you feel. Never let anyone convince you that you aren’t actually feeling what you’re feeling. Don’t take no for an answer. You deserve to know what’s going on in your body, and the answers ARE out there. Take care of yourself…from one warrior to another—I believe in you!
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