Since I was 16, I suffered devil periods. The pain was hell. There were days I was in the foetal position unable to move. It felt like someone was grating my lower belly, then stabbing it with a butcher’s knife over and over.
I was nauseous, delirious, sleepy and depressed.
I’d go to the doctor; they’d say you show no physical signs of illness so here’s some strong pain killers. I was going crazy wondering if it was all in my head and there was nothing wrong with me.
A common feeling for an endo sufferer. It can take up to 7 years to be diagnosed. It’s so frustrating.
In 2011 I finally got an answer as to what was wrong. Mind you, to get that answer and officially diagnose I had to be cut open. I still remember waking up in a daze and my lovely doctor grabbed my shoulder and said “I’m so sorry Ellie, but you have Stage 4 Endometriosis”.
It was all through my bowel and heavily attacked my uterus. That poor organ is like a badly bruised apple waiting to be thrown out. Eventually, I’m going to need a hysterectomy.
My story is one many can relate. 1 in 10 woman have endometriosis. There is no cure.
I have learnt to manage my endo through a healthy lifestyle and have an awesome support team around me.
Shout out to my family and my loving and greatest husband on Earth.
My number one thing to help combat it is exercise. Everyday I will go for a walk, hit the gym and do light exercise or stretch and bend in a yoga class. Many endo sisters have found their pain reduced from doing yoga which is why I’m pumped to join Luminosity.
I am ambassador for Endometriosis Australia and they are all about creating awareness, education & research for Endometriosis in a bright, positive and fun way.
They are about to hold Luminosity - a vibrant, fun 2 hour yogathon to raise awareness and funds into research of Endometriosis, a condition affecting 1 in 10 women in the prime of their lives. This session is ideal for beginners, yogis, families and anyone who wants to let their hair down and flow! It will be a lot of fun!
Gather your friends and co-entrants to downward dog in the comfort of your own home, work place or community centre. This is truly a nationwide event! All funds raised will go to Endometriosis Australia.
It is really simple to be part of. Check out the website here for all the info.
Spread the word and continue spreading the awareness about Endo.
Endo Sisters feel free to hit me up @EllieAngel on Twitter if you have any questions, want some tips or need a shoulder to cry on.