When I started my period, I was almost 12 years old. I had awful cramps no matter what I did, and I was sick to my stomach constantly. Sorry if it’s TMI, but my bowels were always bad. From the time I was little, I was always fighting either constipation or diarrhea. All of that simply got worse once I started my period. Momma had Endo and was pretty sure I had it too, so she took me to the doctor. I was “unofficially” diagnosed at 12 years old. Doctors wouldn’t do surgery to officially diagnose me until I was 13 and had had my period for a full year. They said I was “too young” to have Endo. I had excision done in December of 2012; I was 13 years old. I also had a deformed appendix that was removed. Dr. Albee at the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta, Georgia, confirmed that I did have stage one Endo. I was good for the first few years, virtually pain-free. Then I started to go back downhill in 2015. Since then I have used essential oils, diet, hormone therapy, and pain medicine to make it to where I am now. I was initially put on natural compounded progesterone cyclically. This worked great for a few months. Then we upped the dosage. When even this didn’t help, we started looking at a second surgery. So here I am, senior year, having just had a hysterectomy and excision of endometriosis.
Here are some images from my first surgery: