Back in 2000 I had just graduated high school, was working two jobs & just settled in my first & very own apartment when I started having serious debilitating pain putting everything I worked for in risk. Since the age of 13 I always remember having horrible pain with my menses but the doctors didn't seem to connect the dots. For 2 years I went to every kind of doctor there was and nobody could find anything wrong. Pretty soon my family & my friends started thinking this was all in my head and that I was attention seeking.
Finally in 2002 I heard the word Endometriosis for the very first time & the symptoms sounded a lot like my pain so then I was off to a gynecologist. My doctor decided to due a laparoscopy to see if this was the problem & sure enough I got my diagnosis of Endometriosis in May 2002. It's been a bumpy ride an I have learned so much. After years of research and learning about Endometriosis a friend referred me to the CEC in Atlanta where I had excision surgery and by far the most successful treatments by far. I did extremely well until the fall of 2012 when my local doctor decided that I needed to have a hysterectomy & in desperate hopes of pain relief I reluctanctly agreed knowing that wasn't a cure but I was so desperate for relief.
Thankfully that did help me but even today I'm not pain free. I will say though that Endometriosis has made me so much stronger & it will not break me! Through my journey my faith has grown stronger, my family & friends mean more to me than ever & I wake up everyday happy & hoping to help another sister in need. One at a time little by little we will win this battle."