Endometriosis, you cannot visibly see it, but if you have it, you know it is there. It is there waiting to flare up, to take away your freedom. I have heard that it is not a real issue, it is just a bad “period.” No, it is definitely more than that.
If you have it, you know what I mean. I was diagnosed at 19, and that “having a baby” would cure it. Definitely was not ready to have a baby at 19. Over the years, it had spread and it was life-altering. The pain was almost every day and sometimes, I could not even walk. Yet, it is not a visible injury, so it is hard for people to sympathize or understand. Eventually, I had to obtain FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), as it protected my job if I was unable to go to work. I litteraly would be running and have a flare-up and bite my arm to keep from screaming as I made it back to my car. Later, it got so bad that I could not even run anymore.
At 36, it had progressed to cover by bowel and colon and had a total hysterectomy with a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Medication did not help anymore, chemical menopause did not help. All types of birth control did not help. Unable to have children, this was the best course for me.
I would like to hear back if you have been diagnosed with Endometriosis, and where you are at in your story.