Every woman remembers when she got her period for the first time. You go from girl to woman. You see blood you didn’t even know you had inside you. Most girls get their periods when they’re in 8th grade, but my body has a mind of its own. I got my period when I was 11 years old! I thought that would be the end to my weirdness, but nope. When I was 15, I started getting terrible cramps and stabbing pains in my lower abdomen. I ignored it—nobody else seemed to be feeling this way. I always had a question on my mind, though: “Am I normal?”
I will forever regret not going to the doctor sooner. I didn’t realize that, yes, I was normal, but my pain wasn’t. It wasn’t until, at age 24, I was in one of the biggest moments of my life (my wedding) that I was forced to take action. The worst pain I’ve ever felt hit me right as we started our first dance as a married couple. We had to cut the wedding (and honeymoon) short to take me to the hospital. After tests, the doctors discovered huge lesions on my ovaries. Then they diagnosed me with endometriosis.
Some days are easier than others. My husband is my biggest supporter. I just wish I could’ve gotten over my insecurities and listened to my body years ago. Ladies, it’s so important to get checked! Please speak up. If my story can help even one person, everything I’ve been through will have been worth it.
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.