Testimonial: "My life with Endometriosis" by Heather Campion
We met Heather from a giveaway contest. After following her on Instagram, where she kindly reports her path of weight loss and her struggle with endometriosis, we asked for her testimonial:
"What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Endometriosis can affect women of any age.
It's a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on your life, but some treatments can help. Unfortunately, there is no cure for endometriosis.
I have suffered from Endometriosis since I was 16. This is when I started going to the doctors about the symptoms I was having.
The main symptoms of endometriosis are:
- Pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain) – usually worse during your period.
- Period pain that stops you from doing your normal activities.
- Pain during or after sex.
- Pain when using the toilet during your period.
- Feeling sick, constipation, diarrhea, or blood in your urine during your period.
- Difficulty getting pregnant.
I was advised IBS was the cause of my issue. However, after numerous blood tests, different medications, and seeing dietitians nothing was fixing or relieving my symptoms.
After 14 years of suffering, I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis in July 2019, this was mainly because I demanded to see a gynecologist. It was a relief to finally be taken seriously. I was so relieved to have finally figured out what was wrong with me.
Now 30 years old I have learned to live with endometriosis and I can help manage my symptoms.
I am now on hormone treatment to help with the pains I get from endometriosis. The pain that I have is crippling. Most days I am unable to do a simple task such as making a cup of tea. Taking my son to school can be a horrible battle. We have to leave 20 minutes early as it is so painful to walk. The pain would travel down my legs making them feel numb. I also have waves of pain that make me stop and take a minute, letting the pain pass. This caused a daily mental and physical struggle and ultimately no way to live my life.
The impact of Endometriosis is so debilitating. Most women who have endometriosis will tell you the difficulty it is to live in everyday life. Not to mention an inability to have a normal 9-5 job. Due to this horrible crippling health condition, I haven't been able to work full time in years which impacts my financial status and adds strain to my family.
There is nothing in place for women who have this condition which is surprising because 1 in 10 women have some form of endometriosis. Every woman has different symptoms, some women have severe pain and crippling symptoms, others will not but we are all living with the same condition."
We thank Heather for this candid testimony and we hope that this message helps women to seek treatment and, ultimately, feel comprehended and less lonely.
Slim Coquette's Team.