What’s the first thing that comes to mind when your doctor tells you that you’re suffering from an incurable disease? In my mind, I heard, "You’re dying." And literally, that’s how I had been feeling. A year ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. For those who don’t know what it is, endometriosis is a female disorder that affects approximately 176 million girls and women (ages 12 to 60) worldwide during reproductive years. The staggering number of women clearly tells me that this is no longer just a "condition"; it’s an epidemic.
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that forms the lining of your uterus grows outside of your uterine cavity. It spreads to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and tissue lining of the pelvic area causing adhesions and scarring. Common symptoms include debilitating pelvic pain, excessive bleeding, long periods (more than seven days), nausea and vomiting, painful intercourse, and infertility. There is no cure, and there are no clear causes for the disorder.