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Endohope

By jacquie  //  The Vlogs  //  2 Comments

I’ve been writing a lot about endo lately (endometriosis). I try very hard to forget about my illness and make it a point to not let become my identity. But when something is so prevalent it’s easier said than done. At the end of this month I will be having my third laparoscopic surgery to try to eliminate my endometriosis and adhesions.

To prepare for surgery I am doing physical therapy, taking my vitamins, taking it easy and  trying to follow the Endo Diet. Essentially the Endo Diet is an anti-flammatory diet which elimiates red meat, dairy, gluten and caffeine. My biggest struggle has been eliminating caffeine. One day at a time.

The hardest part is waiting for the surgery. I’ve been waiting since the end of July for my Oct.29th surgery. I’ve had to put my life on hold, can’t commit to a job because I have so many appointments, have to cancel plans because I can’t predict how I’ll feel and I have to allow time for my recovery.

Having an invisible illness can be quite challenging. I may not look sick, but inside I’m in severe pain, some days I can’t get out of bed and I’m unable to function like I used to. The simplest of things exhaust me and I often need to take breaks. I clean the house throughout the week to keep myself busy and productive. I feel like I’ve lost my purpose, but somewhere within all of this, I’m starting to find a new one. Many women struggle with the same things I do. And some of them are too afraid to get help. I used to just ignore my pain because when I would end up in the ER as a teenager, the doctors would just say it was a cyst or that there was no way I could be in such pain. So I learned to live with the pain until it became constant. I pushed myself to fight for my health. I didn’t take “NO” for an answer. I want you to not take “NO” for an answer. It took 3 years to figure out what was wrong, but it was so worth it.

If I could go back and change things I think the only thing I would have changed was to see an endometriosis specialist first. A lot of women have so many laparoscopies due to gynecologists lack of experience treating endo. This results in more pain and suffering. Some specialists can’t remove all of the endo either, but they can treat it much better than a general OBGYN.

It’s a bumpy ride, but if you put on your seat belt and hold on, the path will be much more smooth .

Stay strong endo sisters,

XOXO Tacky Jacquie

 

Endometriosis- is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and problems getting pregnant (infertility).

Adhesions- are bands of scar-like tissue that form between two surfaces inside the body and cause them to stick together.

http://www.endo-resolved.com/

  • George

    Stay strong, girl!

    • jacquie

      Thanks George!

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