Endometriosis - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.
Updated: Aug 3, 2019
So as you can see, there's been a serious lack of updates from me in the past month. There are several reasons for this, the primary one being that for the past three weeks, my physical health took a huge turn for the worse and as a result, my main priority has been to keep my my mental health in check and deal with the physical symptoms at the same time. This is the result of a condition called endometriosis which affects thousands of women.
For those of you who are not familiar with endometriosis, it is invasive cell growth. The cells that are supposed to remain within the endometrial layer of the uterus decide to take up residence in other areas usually in the pelvic region; however endometriosis of the brain is not unheard of... just extremely rare. For more general information, see this link.
Since last Monday, I have had nearly a dozen appointments at different clinics and hospitals and I have another one tomorrow afternoon. My symptoms have not flared this badly since last fall and to be honest, I forgot how debilitating this disease can really be. The primary issue when I have flare ups is extreme back and pelvic pain that cannot always be helped by over the counter pain killers. I spent all of Tuesday in the emergency room where they thankfully gave me some pain killers though my IV to help me get through the day, and even after that, there was still quite a bit of pain when the nurse put pressure on my pelvis to see how effective the medication had been.
Let me be clear, Endometriosis flare ups are NOT like regular menstrual cramps, and pelvic pain is NOT the only issue. I do not plan to go into details of my other symptoms as that gets to be quite personal, if you want more information then again, see the link above. As a result of endometriosis I may not be able to graduate this fall; I had to drop one of my classes because my symptoms were too debilitating to ignore and so my time went towards taking the next steps to try to make sure this won't be a regular occurrence (of course the lack of predictability is very real with this condition).
For anyone who has ever dealt with endometriosis, you will know exactly where I'm coming from. For those of you who do not, and for guys, if your friend, or girlfriend, or sister has this condition (or PCOS which has similar symptoms) do not take them lightly and don't accuse them of overreacting. Ask if there is anything you can do to help, and just be available to talk when they need to.
I am feeling considerably better today and I am hoping to get this site up and running again within the next two weeks. Currently, I have an essay due in 6 days which I have not started because of my condition so bear with me and as always, feel free to reach out.