On the day of my first laparoscopic surgery, which diagnosed Stage 4 Endometriosis, I physically cried with happiness because it was finally acknowledgement that my pains were real. Unfortunately, I had experienced some traumatic things when I was younger, which made me the perfect poster girl for mental health issues.
This became a personal scapegoat for the medical staff who couldn't fully understand why or how I was in chronic & debilitating pain, leading them to describe my symptoms as 'phantom pains'.
This was nearly as devastating as the symptoms themselves because it confirmed to me that nobody either believed I was in pain or cared enough to do something about it. Unfortunately, I realised the same is such for many women everywhere fighting for their voices to be heard, and now I'm one of them.
There's strength in numbers, and I don't believe for one second that any woman should have to live in pain purely because people don't understand her condition. 1 in 10 women will experience Endometriosis at some point in their life, and most of us will have no idea what it is. So let's get people talking again.
Erica - Yellow Day Blog
Activist & Blogger