It was the first day of junior high school. I was that annoying kid who woke up early with a bounce in her step to get to school early.
The alarm went off and as I went to get out of bed I was met with severe cramping. I attempted to get up and could not. Every move the pain got worse.
Twelve years old I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts. Unfortunately, it took them a few more years to discover that the occasional cyst was not my only problem.
At the age of fifteen, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had already been on birth control for 4 years at this point, but my symptoms for the most part were controlled.
Over the years I dealt with pain, cramps, side effects of switching medications, restlessness and mood swings.
I was told that I would not be able to have children, and that if I did conceive, the pregnancy would probably become problematic.
Fast forward to age 28, I am pregnant with my son. The last few months I made many trips in to be evaluated for preeclampsia. My blood pressure was crazy high for no real reason, and I was in a lot of pain. I ended up having a C-section when after many hours of traditional labor did not prove to be the best method. My blood pressure and temperature were rising, my health was failing. Thankful for my doctor and the quick decision making skills she made sure we both were ok in the end.
Amazingly enough after healing from all of that (and having my gallbladder removed 3 months later) I seemed to have minimal complications from the endometriosis. I wanted to try something, so I stopped taking the birth control altogether. For 2 years now, I have been essentially pain free. I don’t know what changed after carrying a baby for 9 months, and I don’t recommend getting pregnant to fix it, but I wanted to share my story.
I hope that one day there is a more viable option to providing care to those suffering with this.