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Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Endometriosis

Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Endometriosis

If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time, you’re likely familiar with the fact that I have endometriosis. To be honest, of all my chronic illnesses, it’s the one I feel most passionate about. Despite being a very common condition, it’s not one for which education is exactly stellar. It’s a disease most people have never heard of. When a diagnosis of endometriosis is given to a woman, most of the time she has no idea what it is…

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Friends, Can You Help Me?

Friends, Can You Help Me?

I’ll try to keep this short and sweet so as to not burden anyone. I need help from you, my faithful readers. The brain fog caused by one of my medical conditions, POTS, a form of dysautonomia, has made it monumentally difficult for me to think. It’s like…my thoughts won’t connect, or certain parts of my brain won’t talk to each other. I can almost feel this void in the middle of my head, like a bridge is out over…

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Give Your Heart a Break

Give Your Heart a Break

One more time around the sun, one more time passing through National Infertility Awareness Week as an unintentionally childless woman. I guess you could say this is my third time. It’s an understatement to say that a lot has gotten in the way of my attempts to become a mom. In 2014, not long after we had starting trying to get pregnant, my battle with endometriosis took the forefront. Within a span of six months, I was hospitalized, diagnosed, and…

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How to Support a Loved One Who Has Endometriosis

How to Support a Loved One Who Has Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a challenging disease. Not only is it poorly understood in the medical arena, but most people in general have never even heard of it. Yet it affects 1 in 10 women worldwide and can take up to ten years, or longer, to be properly diagnosed. Symptoms can be debilitating, and women may have to endure multiple surgeries to find relief. The gold standard and best treatment available, surgical excision, is challenging for many women to have access to….

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Endometriosis: A Profound Effect on the Women of our World

Endometriosis: A Profound Effect on the Women of our World

This is the first time I have done one of WordPress’s Daily Word Prompt Challenges. I hope I am doing it correctly. Today’s word is profound, and *cue the cheese* it had a profound effect on me. How so? Because of an illness I have called endometriosis. I, and 176 million other women on this planet we call Earth, suffer from this disease. That number equals out to about 1 in 10 women. So let’s say you know about 100 women….

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A Letter to the 12-year-old me, who doesn’t know she has endo…

A Letter to the 12-year-old me, who doesn’t know she has endo…

Dear Little ?ribbonrx, This is you, from the future. I know that seems kind of strange, but I wanted to give you this special opportunity, brought to you by an alien known as The Doctor (see that Blue Police Box in the backyard?) to let you know that everything is going to be ok and to tell you about something really important.

The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard

I sat on the toilet in our hotel room, slumped over with my chest on my thighs, desperately wishing it would end so I could get some sleep. Alas, no sleep would come until I was rendered unconscious in the OR by the mechanisms of modern medicine several hours later. The clock was slowly counting down the remaining hours until my excision surgery. Confused? Be sure to catch up first with You Have What In Your Where? and Know Your…

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Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy

Where does anyone in the 21st century turn to for information? The Internet, of course. Which takes us back to where we left off at the end of my last post. Hopeless, in more pain every day than anyone should have to endure, and looking for support from people who could relate to what I was going through. And hopefully, other women who had gone through a special type of surgery called excision.

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