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Hear from women living with endometriosis

Read personal stories from women with endometriosis and get tips for living life with endo.

She felt lost when she was first diagnosed

Ever since middle school, I’d had horrible pain with my period, pain that wasn’t just cramps! I told my doctor about it, but he had no idea what it could be. I didn’t know what else to do, so I just pushed through it.

But as the years went on and I became an adult, it was even harder to ignore. Some nights I would lie in bed crying, kept awake from the pain. It hurt so terribly! One night, the pain actually got so bad that I went to the emergency room.

It was there that the doctors performed a laparoscopic surgery and discovered that I had endometriosis. When they told me, the first thing I did was cry. I felt so lost. I didn’t understand what endometriosis was. I didn’t know what it would mean for me. What would my life look like now? How would I handle it all?

But, over time, I learned more about endometriosis. And the more I learned, the more comfortable I began to feel about it. I’m still in pain, but the more I know about it, the more I can proactively take steps to manage it. And the more I understand how it affects my body, the more in control I feel.

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.

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