Flashback Friday: That Time I Was On TV To Talk About ‘Living With Endometriosis’
Back in 2019, I was asked to be part of a story for the then, KSFY, and Avera about living with Endometriosis. You can see more, here.
I'm pretty vocal and open about my story of getting diagnosed, treated, and living with Endometriosis. If there is something you want to know, just ask!
I feel that being open and honest about it could possibly help other women. I didn't know what Endometriosis was, so how could I ask my doctor about it? When there is something wrong with you and you don't know what it is, you can feel very alone. Or in my case, even after diagnosis, I felt alone. I didn't know anyone else that had dealt with the same thing. So, by being open and talking about it, it shows other women they are not alone!
I love getting comments and messages from other #EndoWarriors!
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and my doctor was going to be part of a story for KSFY when they asked her if she had a patient that would be willing to share her story, she thought of me. Not because I'm on the radio, but because I had a very unique story.
I had an ovary the size of a grapefruit that needed to be removed. Keep in mind ovaries are usually the size of a walnut. I went 25 years without knowing I had Endometriosis. Since the diagnosis, I have had a much better quality of life due to treatments working for me. Luckily, I haven't had too many side effects.
I said in the story, "I never wanted to be a girl to be an excuse for not doing something, so I didn't want to be that person that's like, 'Oh I have my period. I can't go to work today."
I experienced a lot of pain due to Endometriosis and I remember my doctor asking me if I ever missed school or work due to my pain. I would always just tough it out. There were many times I just wanted to stay home and curl up in a ball.
Women often feel embarrassed when talking about their periods, but it shouldn't be taboo. It is a fact of life.
If more people are aware of Endometriosis and other chronic pain diseases for women, there can be more understanding. You wouldn't give someone a hard time for having a complication from diabetes or asthma.
Thanks to my job and social media, I do feel I have a platform to help spread awareness about Endometriosis.
Thanks to KSFY and Avera for helping spread awareness and letting me be a part of this story!
Happy Endometriosis Awareness Month!
P.S. Yellow is the official color for Endometriosis Awareness so show your support by sporting something yellow this month! And if you do sport some yellow, send me a picture! I want to see your yellow!
P.S.S. Talking in front of a camera is much different than on the radio. I was a tad nervous and I realize I say 'like' way too much!
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