During my journey to find out what was causing my pelvic pain, I learned how important it is to speak up. I used to think that the pain was just in my head. There were points in my life when I told myself to ignore it—and I almost did.
There are so many of us suffering with endometriosis and we have to use our voices to stand up for ourselves. When I experience endo symptoms, I use my inner voice to stay positive. I say to myself, “Even though I have endo pain, I can take steps to control it.”
Using your voice isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. My advice is to take it day by day. I do this in several different ways. First, I stand my ground with my family and friends. If I am experiencing pelvic pain, I use my voice to help friends and family understand endo better. Second, I write down my symptoms. When I go to the gynecologist, I speak up and have an honest conversation with him. I believe that someday someone will put an end to endometriosis. For now though, I’m grateful that my endometriosis diagnosis taught me the importance of using my voice. Keep speaking up, ladies!
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.