Endometriosis is a chronic life altering disease that so many women go through. As reported by the Cleveland Clinic, at least 5.5 million women in North America alone have Endometriosis. About 30-40 percent of women that have this disease are infertile, making this disease one of the top three causes of infertility. You can be diagnosed when you are just a young girl, or you can go through life not even knowing you have it.
Imagine going through life barely able to get out of bed in the morning. Imagine not being able to go to the store because you are in too much pain. Canceling plans at the last minute because you just can’t move. Having a doctor tell you “there is nothing wrong with you. Having everyone around you thinking you are crazy.
When you finally find that doctor that says, “You have endometriosis” you want to cry tears of joy because there is finally a name for what you feel. You are not crazy. You’ve gone for such a long time dealing with this disease on your own because no one understands it, and what’s worse, no one believes you. How can they when they can’t “see” what is wrong with you? Your relationships are destroyed because they can’t feel what you feel.
Whether you are married, or single having this disease affects every relationship you have. Family and friends will want to “fix” what is wrong. They don’t understand what’s going on. They try to comfort you thinking it will help but all you want to do is curl up in a ball until the pain stops. Every relationship around you is affected by this disease.
At one point you will finally realize, you are not alone, you can have the support you need and deserve. You need to talk about it, educate family, friends and co-workers. The only way for everyone to truly know what you go through each and every day is to put it all out there. Invite everyone into your world just by talking. Words are powerful, your feelings and theirs will be validated. At first it may seem hard, but once you start, the words will just flow.
Don’t be embarrassed, there is nothing shameful about this disease.
Endometriosis is a disease that some say there is no cure for, some say there is, but learning to cope with it and take it day by day knowing that there is support out there, will make you stronger, and that in itself makes having this disease a little bit easier.