Heather was diagnosed with Endometriosis when she was 24 years old. Now 37, she lives in Florida and has started “Heather’s Hope Endo Strong”, and is also a model advocating for chronic illness.
Heather’s Journey: I‘ve suffered with Endometriosis over half of my life. I’ve had 4 surgeries and all were unsuccessful. I did 2 Lupron injections a few years ago for the Endometriosis in my bowels. After the Lupron treatments my stomach completely stopped emptying and I now have a gastric pacemaker. I’m 1 in 4,000 people in the United States with a gastric pacemaker.
I’m infertile and don’t have any children.
After being in an abusive marriage of over 11 years I also suffer with PTSD severe anxiety. It’s been a rough road to travel but I have my supportive husband and Endometriosis Sisters to help brighten my day. I’m having my 5th surgery this year. I’m also part of Models With A Cause representing women with chronic illnesses.
Words of Advice for Us: Remember your not alone! Please seek an Endometriosis Specialist and stick to the Endometriosis diet. It’s very important to keep the diet and stay away from Soy, Dairy, Caffeine & Alcohol.
The Last Word: I started Heather’s Hope Endo Strong by myself last February. I do post on chronic illnesses and mental illnesses. Being an advocate has helped me meet other Endometriosis sisters and help raise awareness all over the world.
I want to send a special Thank You out to Heather for being brave enough to share her personal story, struggle, and victories with us today. I am so grateful that you stepped away from that abusive relationship, have found a loving husband, and continue to share your experiences and help others!! You are a beautiful, brave, and strong woman. Thank you!!!
And if YOU would like to share your story, please let me know. The best part about this disease is the strong network of love and support from our fellow EndoWarriors, and our friends and family, too.