So today I had my two-year eye exam. You know: you go in ever two years to have your eyes checked and your eyeglass prescription updated.
About 8 years ago I learned that I have a benign cataract in my left eye, located just to the outside of my pupil. My doctor back then told me it’s benign, it doesn’t grow, it just sits there a casts a shadow. However, it’s not visible to me, and it will never affect my eye sight. She surmised I was born with it : it may be due to my premature birth (I was 3 1/2 months early) and have likely had it my entire life. Every two years since, I’d been told by the next doctor that I had a benign cataract on my left eye, and that it was just sitting there, doing nothing.
Courtney lives in Canada, and was diagnosed with Endometriosis a year ago, when she was 28 years old. Now 29, Courtney makes beautiful jewelry and donates a portion of her sales to Canadian charities that deal with Endometriosis and other women’s health issues.
Courtney’s Journey: I’m a pretty private person for the most part, and the thought of sharing my personal medical history on the internet was something that took a great deal of careful consideration on my part. But the more research I do, the more I find that the reluctance of women to share their stories is in part due to the fact that they have often spent years repeating their very personal medical details and symptoms to doctor after doctor, without getting the treatment they need. In many cases, these women are told that this is their “burden as a woman” or worse, not having their concerns taken seriously at all and told that – since the doctor can’t see anything wrong – it must be “in their head”. As personal as it is, I think it’s important for women who feel comfortable enough to do so, to share their story; if not online, at least to their family and friends, so that they may help raise awareness about this disease and help women get the care they deserve!