Diagnosed at a young age

Diagnosed at a young age, and after 30 years, I finally found a happy Medium. When I was 17/18, my gynecological surgeon lamented that he couldn’t do a full hysterectomy on me, so we could get all of that “junk” out of there. Seven surgeries, a lot of nerve damage, and a lifetime later, I have finally found a healthcare provider who understands that endometriosis is an autoimmune condition, which requires a personalized and holistic management plan. I manage my symptoms proactively, instead of just having surgery every time they get bad, with a course of exercise, diet, therapy, and medications. I consider my story, even after all the heartache and pain, a success story. If you have daughters, wives, sisters or mothers who are experiencing any of the symptoms of endo, PLEASE encourage them to get help, get second opinions, and educate themselves BEFORE making a decision about treatment.

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  • Jessie Madrigal moderator
    1 week ago

    @kimberlystelly Endometriosis comes in so many different forms, that there is no one-treatment-fits-all. As patients we must educate ourselves, in order to take control of this disease, so it doesn’t control our existence. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. – Jessie (team member)

  • KimberlyStelly author
    1 week ago

    Thank you so much for your comment, Jessie! I have a lifetime of experience with this disease, and I truly hope that anyone struggling with a new diagnosis can learn some of the lessons early on that it took me a lifetime to learn. I finally feel like I have control of my health, and I owe that, in large part, to my excellent healthcare providers. Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story.

  • Jessie Madrigal moderator
    1 week ago

    Yes, if there’s one thing I have accepted and I am happy with, is my ability to share my own experience, so others don’t have to suffer what I did. Your words are so inspiring 🙂 – Jessie (team member)

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