I suffered in silence for years…. knowing that something just wasn’t quite right but just continued on with life. I just accepted that my heavy periods, severe pain and fainting was just the norm for me when it was that time of the month.
Lucky for me it’s usually only every second month where the pain was unbearable – when it’s lefty’s turn. Yep, I’m a lefty – so when it’s lefty’s month, I would feel like I had Satan inside of me stabbing me with his pitchfork.
As the years went on, the gushing became heavier and the pain became more and more intense. The bloating and swelling became more and more noticeable and the dizzy spells and fainting became more frequent. It wasn’t until I had been wheeled out of my new workplace (in the CBD) on an ambulance bed during the lunch rush, that I realised that, shit just got real and I had to do something about it…ASAP!
I went back to my doctor and spoke about my very embarrassing symptoms in more depth and after having ultrasound after ultrasound (you know the ones I mean!), she was convinced I had endometriosis. So off I went to a specialist who recommended a laparoscopy and booked me in for surgery in November 2014.
I was so scared, but knew it had to happen. I’m lucky enough to have the most supportive husband who read through every info sheet and detail about my laparoscopy – (he’s a details man) and he made sure I knew exactly what I was up for.