Behind every piece of health data is a person. And every person has a powerful story to tell. We recently invited CureTogether members to anonymously submit their stories, to share their experiences with their conditions. One member wrote in with her story:
“I’m 39 years old and my endometriosis symptoms began at 13. I was finally diagnosed at 23. In addition to endometriosis, I have multiple other chronic illnesses. My doctors believe many of these conditions are related to my endometriosis. I have participated in endometriosis support groups for 16 years. I have had 6 laparoscopies. I have found alternative medicine very helpful (especially acupuncture)! I have heard many women’s stories: of not being believed by their medical professionals; women who have had their symptoms marginalized or dismissed; women who go from doctor to doctor searching for someone who will truly understand, take them seriously, and help them get relief/manage their symptoms. Many women are not even believed by their own families just how severe and debilitating their symptoms are. There are many wonderful health care professionals out there who treat endometriosis patients. Unfortunately, finding them can be challenging.”
By sharing stories we realize we are not alone – there are others out there like us, and we can all join forces and help each other. If you would like to share your story, please write to Alexandra. All stories will be posted anonymously.