I am departing from my “regular” What’s Cooking Wednesday to talk a little bit about Endometriosis (or “endo”). Ever heard about it? Do you or someone you know have it? Let’s start with the basics. What is it? Well, the World Endometriosis Society just put out the first endo awareness video that will tell you about it pretty well. Check it out here —>
I was diagnosed with endo about 2 months ago (see my story here), although it has been going on for 2 years now with no diagnosis. Endo is commonly looked over or misdiagnosed by doctors because the most prominent symptom (if not infertility) is pain…and you cannot physically measure pain nor see pain. SO many women go undiagnosed for years, only to find out later that they are now left infertile because of the damage the endo has done on their insides. The most important thing you can do if you think you have endo is to educate yourself on the symptoms, and get into a doctor who will listen to you. Start with a journal of your pain, duration, and specific descriptions of when it happens and for how long.
I recently started a new blog called Diagnosis Endometriosis to help people understand the disease, find out if they might have it, support those who do have it, and bring hope to all women on their “endo journey”. There is no known cure, and pain is a huge part of this disease, so depression is a big hurtle for many women. Find some help if it’s you – don’t let depression rule your life. Reclaim it!
I would love for you to stop by and share your story with endo on my “Tell Your Story” page – you never know who’s life you may impact.
Strong with you,
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