Several women that have Endometriosis have struggled with it since the day of their first period. I was one of the few lucky ones. In high school I actually recall telling my sister she was a liar, there was no way cramps could ever cause her to not be able to go to school. She was so dramatic.
I don't believe my Endometriosis progressed until I had my first child. This was the time I first recall bowel complications, uncontrollable bleeding, relentless mood swings, and debilitating pain stemming from my stomach to my thighs. There were times I couldn't walk and unfortunately, I wasn't labeled yet. I had no reason for these complications. I became the same dramatic liar my sister was. My pain was overlooked by medical professionals, my husband, and my family.
I am now a single mother with two children. I live in Iowa, almost a thousand miles from my nearest relative. I moved halfway across the country with a 3 and 5 year old for my career, for my children. My intentions for this move, were to show my children what it means to work hard. I did it to prove to them that you can conquer anything, regardless of the obstacles. I'm teaching my children to never give up.
Roughly two weeks after I moved to Iowa, I ended up in the emergency room. Of course, tests came back normal. I ended up with a Physician's Assistant who made it his mission to figure out where my pain stemmed from. After roughly 4 months or so of daily heating pads at work and home, I found a tumor-like growth around my cesarean scar. I ended up back in the emergency room where I had been recommended for surgery. I was fortunate enough at the time to have a few friends I had met at work that had agreed to take me to my surgery and pick my children up from school. The doctor had found an endometrial tumor growing on my bowel. The very next morning, I was notified that my children would not be able to attend their daycare for the day due to a medical condition. I ended up home with two children under the age of 5 less than 12 hours after I had abdominal surgery.
Since my surgery, I have not had too many complications, until recently, roughly 6 months after my surgery. I continue to suffer from a few side affects from Endometriosis, but I have learned to cope with it. You never know how much you can truly endure until you have two little girls that rely on you day in and day out. Endometriosis has helped me live out my dreams of teaching my children to never give up, work hard, and to not let a condition like Endometriosis define you.