One of our local San Diego EndoSisters, Michelle, had a flair-up of EndoBelly yesterday afternoon. If you suffer from these, you know what we’re talking about. If you’re not sure what it is, I tend to think it’s the disease inside my body inflaming and rearing its ugly head. The bloat is severe. The pain is thick. The skin is stretched to an extreme. The pants must come unbuttoned. People would ask “When’s the baby due,” having NO idea I wasn’t pregnant. When it happens, I must pop a pain pill and find comfort in a bed and a heating pad. And, for me, it can pass after a few hours or a few days.
But what a difference a day makes. Michelle granted me permission to share her image here.
On the left (in the red) is yesterday’s EndoBelly in all it’s swollen glory. And on the right (in the black) is today’s deflated and back-to-normal belly.
What a difference a day makes! And these before & after photographs bring a visible sense to an invisible illness. Thank you, Michelle, for allowing me to share your photograph. And your pain. Love you, woman.
Do you suffer from EndoBelly? Tell us about it in the comments below. Anything help you cope ’til the swelling subsides? Share away!