I always thought my life would be relatively normal. Sure, there were the typical ups and downs of life, but I never expected to be personally impacted by a medical condition that no one likes to talk about – endometriosis.
It started with the dull ache in my abdomen that I felt each month. I thought it was just part of my period, something women have to live with, so I tried to ignore it. But it kept getting worse, and I eventually had to tell someone.
I started seeing a doctor and soon found out that I had a condition known as endometriosis. The diagnosis was shocking to me, not only because I had never heard of it, but also because of the implications it had on my life. Life with endometriosis meant that I had to be incredibly mindful of the choices I made in terms of my diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices.
The next few months were a rollercoaster. I cried a lot, and I felt completely overwhelmed with the amount of responsibility I had been given. But I was determined to fight this disease.
So, I began to read about endometriosis and how to manage it. I talked to my friends and family about it, and eventually I realized that I was capable of taking control of my health – and even my life. I started to make changes to my diet, exercise regularly, and be mindful of my lifestyle choices. I was surprised to find that these small changes had a huge effect on my overall wellbeing.
Now, my condition is managed, and I live a full life. I am very grateful for the lesson endometriosis taught me. It gave me the determination to take charge of my health and showed me that it is possible to come out of even the toughest situations.
Endometriosis was definitely not a pleasant experience, but it made me who I am today. A stronger, wiser, and more confident version of myself. It reminded me that our bodies are capable of so much, and that we all have it in us to face our challenges and overcome them.
I am thankful for what I learned from this journey and I know it will stay with me for life.