Day three - #31DC2014 - Yellow
‘Fight Like a Girl’
Not many people will know but I myself am an endometriosis sufferer, and have been for many years now.
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (the endometrium) is found outside the womb and causes extreme pain, not just during my time of the month but infact every day of the year in my case.
For me It all began at around the age of 14 where I would experience awful pains in my stomach and back, to the point where I was down the hospital pretty much every month. Doctors could not find the source of the pain, they just put it down to my appendix, gave me some pain killers and sent me on my way. Unfortunately I lost ALOT of school time due to this. It was around that time I was prescribed the contraceptive pill to delay my periods till the half terms as I became extremely ill every period I got, therefore losing more school time!
I was even accused by a doctor if I was making up all this pain for the attention!!
One day, around the age of 16/17 I was watching Embarrassing Bodies and there was a woman describing her symptoms to one of the doctors and it was almost as if she was describing myself! She was experiencing the exact thing I was! It was then I found out about Endometriosis.
I booked an appointment to see my GP and explained my situation, I was then sent off for blood tests to check my hormone levels and iron levels, I was told that I was slightly Anemic, something that can also be caused by the Endo. I was also sent off for ultrasound scans to check for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which luckily showed nothing abnormal.
To officially get diagnosed with Endometriosis you have to under go exploratory surgery, usually done via a laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) and to my disappointment, they said I was too young to go through with it as there is a high chance of making the Endo worse, and being only 18/19 years of age at the time and with no children, they didn’t want to take any chances.
There is no cure for this condition, and the only way to manage it is with birth control and pain killers, but it only works for some women, there are lots of women out there who are suffering in silence and if it wasn’t for the lady on Embarrassing Bodies, I would be one of those women!
My aim here today is to raise awareness for this condition, women suffer with periods on a monthly basis but some of us have to suffer daily and it is heartbreaking to be told “It’s only a period, you’ll get over it in a few days”
I am now 21 years of age and as I get older, the condition worsens and as there is no cure, I could be suffering with Endo for many, many years to come.
Please take the time to become more educated about this condition, it’s about time people (especially some men) to become more sympathetic towards us all, after all, it’s not ‘just a period’