If you’re suffering from Endometriosis or experiencing symptoms, always seek medical advice from your doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.
Hi, my name is Charlotte. I’m 26 and have Stage 4 Endometriosis.
A few months after turning 15 I started experiencing the most horrid stomach pains and wasn’t able to stop throwing up. It turned out to be my first period that lasted for 12 days. I was in agony, I couldn’t keep anything down, nothing was helping my pain or nausea, doctors and hospitals weren’t able to help other than tell me I was exaggerating or making it up.
Over the next 18 months each period got worse and worse. I was missing so much school and it was affecting my immune system I would catch anything, no matter how careful I was. But the whole time my mum stuck by me, she went to emergency with me every month and when I wasn’t sick she would take me to multiple doctors. Unfortunately not one believed what I was going through.
Mum would sit there crying, begging them to do something to help me because she couldn’t watch me be so sick anymore. The only reasons they could give us were, ‘You’re young and will grow out of it’, or ‘It’s all in your head’ or ‘You’re exaggerating’.
My teachers got involved and worried for my health, especially after I fainted seven times in one day from the intense pains. But even with their concern and involvement, the best answer we got was that I was severely anaemic. I accepted the fact that nothing was wrong and tried to live my life as best I could when I was well.
In October 2007 I met Morgan, now my husband. At first I kept my illness hidden from him, I refused to eat around him because eating caused my nausea and pain to become worse and I didn’t want him to see me like that.