TO THOSE AFFECTED IN ANY way by endometriosis: I know the pain you’ve been battling. You hurt, a lot, more than anyone else can comprehend. You feel alone and hopeless. You’re physically and mentally drained, nearing your breaking point, if you haven’t reached it already. You’ve tried repeatedly for years to get someone, anyone, to listen to you, to understand what you’re going through—a friend, a family member, a school nurse, even a doctor—but they don’t. They dismiss your issue as a “girl problem” or a “woman thing,” as a disease or condition that it’s not, or as something that will magically fix itself over time. They couldn’t be more wrong; you know it in your gut, and I know it for a fact. I know it, not due to experiencing this pain myself, but because I was taught by listening to my patients.
To the woman who has had multiple surgeries without symptom relief: You deserve better treatment, and there is better treatment.
Your doctor is probably giving you the best care he or she has been trained to give, but there are better options that you haven’t tried, options that can end your suffering.