Terriann’s Story

Read Terriann’s Endo Story below…
my-tattooI was diagnosed with stage 4 Endo when I was 17/18 yrs old and was told that I was to be rushed to the hospital as the doctor wanted me to have surgery immediately.

I decided to have a second opinion and ended up doing surgery within a month or two of the diagnosis (as I was also Anemic).

The surgery lasted a couple hours more than was expected as there were cysts on and around my ovaries that were not detected on any of the many MANY ultrasounds done (internal and regular). I had what I like to refer to as a fruit basket; one the size of a small grapefruit, one orange and a few limes scattered on and hiding behind both ovaries. I spent 5 days in the hospital and then went home for 3 months of bed rest and recuperation. I was placed on birth control pills as treatment for the first year or so (in increasing doses) as my cysts returned within 6 months of having surgery.

Then, as I was still bleeding, I got upgraded to the depo injection every three months, eliminating the chance of having my period at all. I was told by my then Gyno that if I wanted to have children the best chance would be before I was 30 (25% chance), and then my chances would drop. That’s really not what you want to hear at 18…

Well, I’m 32 now and I have no children, and I’m still on the Depo injection as when I tried to come off the pain and bleeding came back with a vengeance. Right now I’m simply trusting that God has a plan for me, so I know if I’m supposed to have children I will…

I always thought I was alone in this as Endometriosis was not as well known, so I’m very happy to hear that I’m not (especially in Jamaica).

Each story is unique and it takes a lot of courage to share. The comments are open below so we can all learn through each others experiences. Please be kind in your responses below.

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