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I’m a woman. It doesn’t define who I am, but it shapes my experiences. This is the story of my suffering. This is the story of my journey to overcome my incurable illness. This is a story of hope.
You are not alone. My aim is to make your plight heard. My aspiration is to spread awareness as my experience has shown me that there is a lot of prejudice and ignorance associated with the disease that makes its victims feel abandoned, misunderstood, confused and on occasions mistreated.
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I was initially diagnosed with Endometriosis on 26th May 2006. The diagnosis was incidental and neither me nor the doctor who diagnosed me took it any further.
I thought that my experiences were shared by every other woman. I thought all other women were braver than me for enduring their monthly pain in silence and getting on with their lives so easily. Now I know that that I’m not like other women. Now I know that I’m not well. I have endometriosis. Welcome to my world.
In the past, I was (mis)-diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome, low progesterone levels and plainly ‘painful periods’.
In June 2014, I was finally and firmly diagnosed with Stage II / III Endometriosis with two seven and three centimetre cysts on my ovaries. The disease was discovered accidentally by a doctor in sports medicine, following a mystery pelvic and lower back complaint which I thought to be a sports injury. By this time, I’d been in chronic pain for seven months and the quality of my life was seriously affected.
So far, I’ve had three laparoscopies, first one to remove the two Endometrial Ovarian Cysts (21st August 2014) and the second one to remove any remaining endometrial tissue (20th November 2014). Both procedures were thought to be successful. The endometrial tissue removed during the second operation from the right ovary was thought to be shallow and small adhesions were also removed from the left ovary.
During the months between the first two operations, I suffered from severe chronic pain, extreme endo-fatigue and despair depression.
The third laparoscopy, on 04 October 2016, was to free my ovaries, which were tethered to the back of my uterus and abdominal wall with endometrial tissue, as well as to drain a number of small cysts.
In my blog, I seek to describe my experiences, how my incurable disease affected how I interact with the world and how the world interacts with me.