Having a support system is super important, especially when dealing with something like this. My support system consists of my wonderful family, and my friends who have been there through all of this. Even random people show up in my life and share their story, like my physical therapist told me she had endometriosis and that visit was better for my mental health than my back pain.
I want to thank my parents for supporting me even though this has been hard for everyone. Endometriosis takes a toll on the whole family. My parents hate seeing me struggle everyday, and my sister is not only terrified of getting her period now, but has lost out on having fun with her older sister.
There are some days where this Endo causes issues in the family. For example, my parents are worried about my school (not as much as me though no matter what they think), and get upset when I stay home. This is understandable, however it is hard for me to be okay with staying home myself and them getting upset makes it harder for me. I love my family and I know they are just trying to help.
My parents have taken countless days off work to take care of me. My dad drove me to a hospital two hours away, once every month so I could get my Lupron injections. My mom has stayed home with me when things are worse, and has called hundreds of people between dealing with insurance people, and getting me appointments. I wouldn't be where I am today without my parents.
I want to be a Pediatric Gynecologist and I need to be able to attend school in order to do this. I know that. However, my therapist says I can't worry about the future. It will only stress me out more. That is true. I need to worry about what is happening right now and how I can make tomorrow better than today.
Over the long period of time of me struggling with everything, I have lost many friends. Many people don't know how to deal with someone going through a tough time. I do have about three friends who never doubted me and have done what they can when I need some help.
If you are going through something similar to this, it is very important to surround yourself with people like this. I wouldn't be able to get through all of this without my family and friends. I love them and I want to thank them for everything.
I decided to start a blog because my mental and physical conditions are constantly changing, and I want to help encourage people with similar experiences, and let them know they are not alone.