Nobody ever explained to me what endometriosis was. Instead, people kept shrugging off my abdomen pain, saying some women just had it worse than others during that time of month. To them, what I was experiencing was normal. So when my pain didn’t go away, I figured it had something to do with my birth control. I had no idea it could be something more.
Fast forward to my last semester of college. I was at a local health clinic getting a physical. The nurse who was doing my exam ended up finding what she thought were some abnormal bumps on my ovary. A week later, I was in the office of a doctor who specialized in women’s reproductive health. The doctor suggested trying surgery to see what was going on. She removed a large lesion from my right ovary, and diagnosed me with endometriosis.
Weirdly enough, I’m more comfortable now that I know I have endo. Everything makes sense now. We’re told over and over again that period pain is normal. Let me tell you, the pain I felt was not normal. It doesn’t go away when you ignore it. I’m so happy I walked into the clinic that day and now have a name for my pain. I’m so grateful to all the healthcare professionals who have helped me in my journey.
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