I find it interesting that both the Endometriosis Awareness ribbon and the Suicide Awareness ribbon are yellow ribbons…
Today while perusing Facebook, I ran across a post where a Virginia Endometriosis Awareness group had posted that there’s been 8 women who committed suicide this year due to their Endometriosis. Where they got their stats, or if it’s just in VA, or…national…or global…I don’t know. (For clarification on these statistics, see the Comments Section below). But, I do know that that’s 8 too many…and I was struck dumb, literally frozen in my chair struggling not to cry.
I must admit that I’ve been in the throes of depression, but blame it on my Lupron Depot. Depression is something new to me, and I’ve only had it since I’ve started my treatment. So I’m looking forward to it leaving my system after my last injection and getting out of this Pity Party mood.
But I have also been contemplating the endless cycle that is Endo: pain; no cure; the potential for multiple surgeries; regrowth; Western medicine, alternative medicine, natural supplements, and snake oils. I could easily see where suicide would creep into the minds and hearts of women who have just endured too much.
Which breaks my heart even further. We need to uplift ourselves, and our fellow EndoSisters. We must continue to forge and hold onto hope. Suicide is not the answer. Life is worth living, regardless of our pain…
There have been no formal studies of a link between Endometriosis and Suicide. However, the constant pain, hopelessness, and depression that many EndoSisters suffer from could easily lead to that outcome. Scouring the internet for details, stats, or studies has proven fruitless. Just endless blogs and forums of Endometriosis Sufferers contemplating suicide and reaching out for help, or discussing the past suicides or attempts of other EndoSisters. That alone tells me of the gravity of this problem.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call a Suicide Prevention Hotline in your area:
Australia : 13 11 14
Bangladesh : 01985275286
Canada : 1-888-353-2273
Cayman Islands : (345) 949-0290
Ireland (Republic) : 116 123
Ireland (Northern) : 08457 90 90 90
New Zealand (within Auckland) : 09 5222 999
New Zealand (outside Auckland) : 0800 543 354
United Kingdom : 0800 068 41 41
United States : 1-800-273-8255
San Diego, CA Suicide Hotline: 1-800-479-3339; (619) 641-6992 TDD
Or email me! firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can join the Facebook group “Shoulders for Sisters,” a suicide prevention group for women with Endometriosis. Follow the link here. We are in this together and you are NOT alone.
~ Again, I am a layman. I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings. Or challenge them. And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. Yours ~ Lisa