Do you struggle with Endometriosis? Share your story to Raise Awareness!
My name is Lindsey Peters and I have been suffering from Endometriosis since 2016. Only those who are closest to me knew. I decided to talk publicly about it, to give a face and a voice to an under-researched, incurable disease. I also wanted the millions of women suffering from it to know they are not alone.
It was in a struggle to get my doctor to refer me to a gynecologist for endometriosis. In fact, my doctor told me what I had was just a normal period. Finally, after begging and bleeding, she referred me to a gynecologist. I knew it was Endometriosis, and I was right. I had my first laparoscopic surgery to confirm the diagnosis in October 2017.
Since then, I’ve had to switch between specialists. I had another laparoscopy, tried many medications like birth control pills and still have issues with it. After my second surgery, my doctor put me on a birth control medication with which I only get my period every three months.
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In the beginning, it seemed to do the trick. That’s when I decided to talk about it and released my video. Since I released the video, I had to switch birth controls because the one my specialist put me on had the same effects that endometriosis had. I now have Mirena IUD and it seems to be a better fit. The procedure to have it in is extremely painful, but I was at my last resort before going to a hysterectomy, which we know is not a 100% cure.
I still struggle with stomach bloating, bleeding, tiredness and back pain, but it’s not as bad as before. Unfortunately, not everyone feels relief with an IUD. My hope is that one day there will be a cause and a cure for this disease that will benefit all women. I get up every day and push through it for all the millions of women out there suffering in silence. I read so many stories about women who can’t even get out of bed and can’t work.
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I’ve been there. I still get tired and struggle to get up and get to work. It kills me that some women really can’t move, but I’m going to move for you. I am going to use my voice and my story to help make a difference. You are not alone in this fight. We are sisters. We got this.