“Mummy” was 29 when she was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Now 32, she shares her journey with us. Mummy lives on the island of Antigua, and faces the struggles of limited options when it comes to healthcare.
Mummy’s Journey: I started getting horrible pains when I was around 25 years old and I did not realize what it was because I always took Advil painkillers. They did help but I realize after my period was finished I was still feeling pain and my legs, I couldn’t walk, and just feel too tired.
You can say I visited all the Doctors mentioned in your blog. Dr. Roberts was the one who told me I might have endo. I did not know anything about the disease she said to do some research; I did. I felt like she was not helping me just putting me on contraceptives and I have to spend a lot of money every time I visited her. She would perform ultrasounds every time I visit which was pretty often and said she had not seen any cyst or fibroid at the time. I decided to stop seeing her because I felt that she was not understanding to my pain and so I traveled overseas to another Caribbean island where I saw a Doc.
He examined me and I did a few tests. I had a cyst on my left ovary. I could not stay on the island as I lived and work in Antigua. The Doc told me they had to monitor it (cyst) for three months. Of course, I couldn’t stay so I came back to Antigua.
I saw Dr. Wynter and Dr. Mansoor I felt that they could not help me.
One day a friend of mine told me that Dr. Dean Martin was on ABS talking about the Endo. I decided I was going to make an appointment to see him, in which I did and he told me after examining me with the pains I had, a laparoscopy was the best option to see what’s happening.
I did the surgery (four hours) of course he told me I have stage four endometriosis and a cyst that had ruptured.
I was placed on sick leave after recovery the pain definitely did not go away I had longer periods and worst pain the only good the surgery did for me is that I could have sex without feeling so much pain during or after sex. I felt like I paid a lot of money and was still in so much pain. My job wrote me a letter to say I am always sick and they would reconsider my employment with them because I would always call sick. I was working with this prominent Security Firm and even though I worked there for 8 years and informed my boss personally about my condition it did not matter to him.
I would overdose on the painkillers so that I would not have to deal with the pain by falling asleep. My doctor told me I should not wait to have children because of the endo, I just felt so lost and I would just stay in my house and I did not want to come out to socialize with people or anyone. I would lay on my bathroom cold floor just to get relief. Somedays I feel like ending my life until I met this wonderful herbal doctor, Dr. Elra, right here in Antigua. I was feeling so much pain I end up at ER and my friend told me about him and I went and visited him he is amazing. God is truly awesome. Diet, plus colon cleanse and medicine healed me less than a month. I do not feel the pain, I am totally pain-free. It’s expensive, but Dr. Elra is the best.
I want to send a special Thank You out to Mummy for being brave enough to share her personal story, struggle, and victories with us today. And I am so grateful you were able to find Dr. Elra and relief! We hope it continues for you! ❤ And your quote, “I had to lay on the bathroom floor just to get relief,” struck me so hard – I think each one of us reading your story today have been there. Thank you for sharing.
And if YOU would like to share your story, please submit it. The best part about this disease is the strong network of love and support from our fellow EndoSisters, and our friends and family, too.