Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women, that's 176 million women around the world!
1 in 10 is too many. I am 1 in 10. I am an EndoWarrior.
This winter, I found out that I have Endometriosis, a debilitating, chronic, incurable illness.
I have been suffering from severe pain and symptoms of this awful disease for 15 years now... (Yup, that's right, it took a decade and a half to finally be diagnosed. I can only imagine how different my life would've been if I had known what was wrong with me all these years...)
Over the course of this impossible journey, the countless doctors I've seen, the unanswered questions, the daily cocktail of medications and hormones, the endless pain and fainting spells and subsequent IV drips and trips to the ER, the constant nausea and trauma and utter hopelessness... I have been told time and time and time again, in one insensitive way or another, that my pain isn't real.
I have had doctors, friends, strangers, even family members, dismiss my symptoms as an overreaction, a low pain threshold, a lazy excuse, a cry for attention, an addiction to drugs...
Here's to all my fellow "HYSTERICAL" women out there, who are sick and tired of being told:
"It's all in your head."
"You don't look sick..."
"Just take care of it!!!"
Here's to staying strong and proving them wrong.
Here's to finding a cure.
We are 1 in 10.