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To receive a diagnosis of Endometriosis took me eight years of persistently advocating for myself, starting from the age of 13. My periods were never normal, and I knew this from talking to my friends about their periods. Between the ages of 13 and 20,...

From age 14 to 21 I must have had weekly visits with my family doctor. He never sent me to any specialists, just tried different birth control pills because he kept telling me “all girls my age have cramps”. When I was 21 my appendix...

Endometriosis is debilitating. There are days I’m in so much pain that I can’t get out of bed. It is really hard to live your life when you are terrified the pain will come back unexpectedly....

I knew the pain that came with my periods was not normal right off the bat. I would be the only one missing days of school, the only I knew who needed help walking to and from the bathroom just to painfully urinate. At 14...

I live with daily cramping, sometimes manageable, sometimes so bad I can't get out of bed. The pain radiates through my left side and down my back and leg. Gas pain brings me to my knees. I don't remember the last time I went a...

Endometriosis is something that I'm constantly having to plan around. I know that when I get my period I'll be bedridden, so I have to decline social events because of it, or constantly try to reschedule things. If I can't cancel or reschedule something, I...

It took me a very long time to get diagnosed. I was not diagnosed until I turned 33 years. My husband (at that time) and I were trying to get pregnant and it was a struggle. I was just told to take pain killers for...

I was first told in 2006, at the age of 13, that I 'likely' had endometriosis--this was because I had started getting periods and they lasted for months on end-- 8-11 months was my average. They were heavy and painful, I was fainting and bleeding...

Living with an invisible illness is awful. When you live in pain and everyone tells you that you “look fine” is demoralizing. You are made to feel like it’s all in your head. No one understands, nor do they want to. Women and girls especially...

My life is significantly different since my symptoms began impacting me. Work is much harder, I am more fatigued and work out less. It is also agitating my spinal stenosis....

It took 10 years, I was misdiagnosed multiple times, my tests kept coming back normal but I was not getting pregnant this was a key indicator. The doctors were dismissive. I fought for my right to be heard that's how I was diagnosed...

At thirteen I was told I had suspected endometriosis and took oral contraceptives to control my pain and abnormal bleeding into my twenties. Upon stopping birth control at 24, my periods were erratic, irregular, and heavier than I was used to--similar to how they were...