Before I was first diagnosed with endometriosis, I’d been suffering from pelvic pain for 5 years. When the pain was bad, I’d have trouble sleeping and eating. Sometimes, it even made me feel sick and I’d get nauseous or vomit.
When I was 28, my doctor at the time recommended I have a surgery to help lessen the pain. She left an ovary and part of a fallopian tube intact so I could still produce my own eggs. It wasn’t until I was at the outpatient recovery center when she told me more bad news. They had found lesions around my uterus during the surgery. I had endometriosis.
After that official diagnosis, I saw doctor after doctor—tried treatment after treatment. I would feel a little better, then BOOM. Something would happen. The pain came back. My doctor retired and I had to find a new one. I have to admit, endometriosis has been a wild ride. And I wouldn’t have been able to do everything without my wonderful support network. My family and friends are my strongest supporters, and I’ve become friends with endo sisters across the nation. Together, we are endo strong.
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