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I missed a lot of high school because I was in so much pain and so nauseous that I couldn't get out of bed. My doctor was really nice but she never suspected anything other than the typical period pain. When I was in my...

I went into the most depressive point of my life. I would cry all day every day in pain. I had panic attacks before my period because I knew that I would feel suicidal from the pain. My mental health went for a toss. I...

I have always been capable of so much from working out to to being a straight A student, and participating in numerous sports teams. This illness has changed everything that was personal to me and has stripped my identity to the point where fertility is...

I have struggled with severe anxiety and panic since my symptoms began. I would dread my period each month because I knew how sick I was going to be. Once the surgeries and invasive tests began it only worsened. I have insomnia and have gone...

I am 23 and would like to go back to school and get a university degree, I keep postponing this due to my health. It has been 10 years since I first had symptoms and I still have not made progress, meanwhile my life is...

I was waitlisted for treatment and paid $35,000 to get surgery in the US at an endo centre. I had 5 more surgeries in Canada from 2000 to 2002. I am no longer a surgical candidate. I am only eligible for pain meds now. I was...

I had my first period at the age of 11, and it has been hell since then. I only got diagnosed at the age of 26 through a laparoscopic surgery to remove my appendix. I was constantly told by medical professionals that it was normal...

I sometimes feel like giving up, like I can't go through it again, month after month. It takes so much energy and willingness out of me to go through the pain. Why me? Why is my body working so hard to put me through this?...

I have to be careful how I exercise or play with my kids because it can cause painful flare ups for a couple of days afterwards. The pressure and ache throbs inside my hips and radiats down my thighs making it difficult to focus and...

Endometriosis has and still impacts my quality of life. Back as a teenager, I would miss many school days a year because of all the pain I was constant pain and when I finally got a job I would need to do modified work. To...

Endometriosis has had a significant impact on both my career path and my ability to have children. At 28 I was told there was almost no chance I would conceive naturally and would need to go through the IVF process in order to try to...

I lost out on my ability to have my own children - something I had wanted since I was a child. It wasn't a choice. I was robbed of that gift. I was mad at my body for not doing what it was made to do...