These stories can help other women so they do not feel so alone when trying to cope with effects of this disease.
Endometriosis has turned my life from bad to worse
by Brenna Pelegrina
I think I've had endometriosis since I was 12 years old. It started with constant heavy bleeding and pain symptoms.
For years I didn't find it to be a big issue because it didn't take over my life yet. Most pregnancies were caused from rapes. By the age of 20 I have had my seventh miscarriage.
The last one I had, my stomach looked like I was nine months pregnant for over 4 months and gained over 70 pounds.
By the age of 23, I started to have issues again with the bad periods and pain symptoms. A few more years go by and my symptoms were getting worse. The pain got so bad, I pretty much lived at the hospital.
I was put on birth control pills as treatment, they didn't work. I was put on the depo shot, helped a little but not enough for me to stop taking pain killers on a daily basis.
With not having medical insurance and living in New York, it was easy to get some help but not enough. I moved to Florida and having no health insurance really sucks.
I get no help what so ever. It's been almost a whole year since I last worked and still can't work because of always being ill. For me it's not just the pain the bothers me, it's also because I look like I'm 6 months pregnant, for almost a year now.
Also the symptoms of nausea, the tenderness in my stomach, the lack of energy and the fact that I have been bleeding for almost 5 months after having a laparoscopy, plus major back pain.
I really wish that I could find someone who can help people like me with this illness and medical help for women with no insurance. Is there anyone out there that can help?
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