It can be hard to wrap your mind around what Endometriosis is. Especially, if you have it and google “what to do”. It isn’t easy to hear bad news, nor is it easy to hear you have Endometriosis. The mixture of emotions that hit you are pretty tough to handle. And let’s not even talk about the lifelong pain that goes along with it. There are some that may get a hysterectomy and are okay with it. However, what about the younger ladies that are still hoping to have a baby? Is it normal for us to deal with this problem, or is it supposed to be this hard? The biggest thing to take from having Endometriosis is how you are “supposed” to deal with it. Is there a correct way?
It first starts with your mind. Making sure you understand all of the symptoms, and occurrences that could happen. So, once we have all the facts and knowledge, we have to focus on our own mental health. I know how hard it is to wake up many days in a row with the same pelvis pain. Or when you feel completely fine and suddenly it feels like knife is going through your stomach. The pain is the WORST. I think we can all agree, but sometimes the emotional effect can be even worse. It is important to know that you aren’t alone. There are so many women that deal with this every single day. I think one thing that really helped was joining a Facebook support group. I know it may sound silly, but it does help. It is nice to read some of the things people will say on how they felt, or an experience they had. For some reason, it gives me hope. And sometimes that is all you really need.
I didn’t understand support groups until I had something like this happen to me. I knew what a support group was, but I just didn’t know the impact it had on people. One piece of advice I could ever give someone that hits their lowest low with Endo is to just talk it out. People will listen, and some can even relate. It is such a comforting feeling. I understand that this can be easier said than done, and may seem pointless to some. But, coming from experience this support group has helped me beyond measure. I hope you join one if you ever hit that point that I hit, I actually hope you join before you hit that point. \
The biggest thing that is important to realize is that having Endo is pretty normal. I mean Google even tells you it is “Very common”. So, it is time we learn what best helps us with living with this terrible thing. Also, how we can support ourselves and each other. Starting off small is a great place to start. Listen to others stories, comment on some of them, and start a conversation! I promise the impact this will have on you is much bigger than the negative impact Endo has on you. Put yourself out there a little and try something new!