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I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 14 years old. My pain had started when I was around 11-12. I was 12 when I got my period and had my first cyst rupture. I have been living with pain all my life, this was just normal to me.

When I got my period I use to faint because the pain would be so bad, I would miss school or be sent home from school, I would cancel on friends (I still do) at the last minute, I would be exhausted from even having a shower or getting changed. I thought my body was broken and thought this was normal so I didn’t really speak up about it. To be honest, I thought I was afraid of being called a sook or judged. I was misdiagnosed several times with PCOS (polycystic overy syndrome) or just bad period pains.

I was diagnosed at the age of 14, after another cyst had ruptured causing me to end up in hospital &  laparoscopy surgery scheduled to remove it. It was a chocolate cyst ( cyst filled with blood) measuring 6x7cm. My parents were notified that Endometriosis was also discovered and removed (I can’t remember if it was ablation or excision) I was relieved knowing that my pain was due to a condition but being so young I had no clue the extent of this illness and how much it would have affected me in the future. I feel that I am more aware of the limitations that comes with endometriosis now that I’m older.