After a long battle for answers, Kimberli was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis at 27 years old. Four years later, she’s forging ahead with the disease, spreading awareness, raising hopes and spirits, and supporting EndoWarriors everywhere!
I remember getting my period at age 11, one of the first out of my group of friends. Besides heavy bleeding, I didn’t think too much about anything being ‘wrong’. I was athletic, I played all sorts of sports, ate fairly healthy for a kid and was always playing outside or doing things with my friends. My immune system was pretty crappy though, I got sick a lot. Just your typical strep throat and flu type sicknesses. It wasn’t until high school, where I really started to notice some more symptoms. Bowel issues, severe headaches, horrible cramps.
Nathaly was diagnosed with Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, and fibroids when she was 26 years old. A year later, she shares her story with us. And, Nathaly will be walking on March 25th with friends and family at our Endometriosis Awareness walk! Looking forward to meeting her ❤
Nathaly’s Journey: My story starts when I was only 11 years old. I often found myself curled up in a ball waiting until I would finally pass out so the pain could be over. My mother was very strict growing up so birth control was out of the question, even if it was for medical purposes.
Congratulations, Debbie of New Jersey, for winning our October Coloring Contest! You’re automatically entered to win our Grand Prize: having your design printed on a t-shirt next year! All profits of the t-shirt sales will go to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
If you’d like to enter our contest, a winner will be picked every month until April 1, 2017. And the best part? Spreading Endo awareness and having fun at the same time! Who doesn’t like coloring?!?
Today’s quote comes from Lara, a fellow blogger. She suffers from Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and Interstitial Cystitis. And I fell in love with her writing…With permission, she allows me to share it with you today. Even if you don’t suffer with the pain and issues of these conditions, her words are powerful to every struggle:
“But I won’t give up. Not today. Not tomorrow. I’ll always fight my hardest to embrace my normal. To not let it anger me, but to let it empower me. Because what other choice do I have? Nada.”
April is Adenomyosis Awareness Month. Ado-what-o? A disease, similar to Endo; some say Ado is the cousin to Endometriosis. And many people with Endo also suffer with Adenomyosis. So, I figured I’d spread a bit of awareness of Ado during this month and learn something in the process.
A few folks who attended our Endo walk suffer also from Adeno. And one who showed up to our last Endo support group meeting suffers from Ado (but not Endo). It’s a term I’m beginning to hear a lot more about. But, what is it?
My Journey with Endometriosis & Adenomyosis by Rebecca L. Gibson
I was always healthy and active in sports while growing up. In 2008, I married my childhood sweetheart and we began our life together. Everything changed in 2009 when I developed symptoms of endometriosis. Endometriosis (en-doh-mee-tree-oh-sis) is an extremely painful condition where tissue resembling – but not the same as – the endometrium (lining of the uterus) is found elsewhere in the body, outside the womb. Although symptoms may indicate endometriosis, an official diagnosis can only be made through surgery. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to –pelvic pain apart from menses, debilitating menstrual pain, backache/leg pain, painful intercourse or pain associated with sexual activity, painful bowel movements, fatigue, bloating, constipation/diarrhea, which may worsen during menses, pain with exercise, painful pelvic exams, painful urination, sciatic pain, infertility/pregnancy loss.
So this entry’s going to get a bit personal. And possibly full of Too Much Information. But it is a topic that needs to be addressed. Not only for myself, but for countless otherssuffering from the same issues.
One of the symptoms of Endometriosis for a lot of EndoWarriors is painful sex (either during, after, or both), and it’s estimated that more than half of the people with Endo suffer from it. The fancy name for pelvic pain during or after sex is Dyspareunia. It’s common and it could have a myriad of causes and factors. Some of those factors can be vaginal dryness, herpes, Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, Adenomyosis, uterine tilt, bowel tenderness or fullness, pelvic inflammatory disease, infections, or bladder issues. The pain can be limited to the vaginal opening or canal, or it can extend deeper into the pelvic region and thighs. This pain can stop as soon as sexual activity is stopped, or can last for hours, or even days afterward. It can be a dull ache, a sharp pain, stabbing sensations, and can range from barely there to excruciating.