When were you Diagnosed? What was your first reaction?
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I’ve been living with endometriosis for 10 years, diagnosed over 7.
Things got really hard for me after I found I had this disease. I had just had my son when the pain initially started. Other things that happened to me because of the disease are depression and anxiety. I also suffer from anorexia and it doesn’t help my endometriosis at all.
There are a lot of times when I get hungry, but nothing is appetizing. Sometimes I’m in so much pain, I can’t stand there and make food, or I’m so bloated I feel like if I eat, I’ll explode.
My son worries about me and it’s hard to explain to him what’s going on because, well, he’s a boy. To think I may never be able to give him a brother or sister, or have another child in general, breaks my heart into pieces. The one thing I’m good at, the only thing I wanted in life, taken away due to this disease.
It makes relationships hard, especially when the man wants kids and you may not be able to provide them. It’s embarrassing being out in public with a bloated belly and all of a sudden get a cramp, or that quick stabbing pain in your vagina, or anywhere else, and all you can do is stop what you’re doing and kneel over in pain.
It makes me not want to leave the house. I fight this disease the best I can. I don’t take naps during the day when I’m tired, I do my household work through the pain. Hey, it needs to be done!
I’m weak, but I’m strong at the same time. I’m weak because this disease makes me feel physically weak, but I am strong because mentally I get through. But how much longer can I keep going like this? It’s not fair.