Below is Katies story, she wanted to share her identiy as she “is not ashamed of who she is and that endo will not beat me”.
If you can relate to Katie who ahve any words or support/advice, please leave a comment below!
Katie also wanted to share with us some images of herself and inparticular of her and her partner,
as he is so incredible through my journey and keeps me strong
enjoy the read xxx
My name is Katie, I am 27 years old and I have been suffering with Endometriosis for just over 16 years now.
I started my period when I was 11 and practically from my second period I had the horrendous pains! I remember being petrified at such a young age and wondering what the hell my body was experiencing!
After 9 years of being fobbed off by the doctor who said I quote ‘your going to have to realise that periods are painful it’s part of being a woman!’ I finally found someone who listened! I burst into tears when the doctor finally said to me you need referring for further investigation because the pain your experiencing is not normal. Thankfully I have an amazingly supportive family who have helped me cope over the years, I would of lost the plot without them!
I have been poked, proded, examined in and out and had two laparoscopy procedures but still I am in excruciating pain every month. Just to add insult to injury I also have chronic IBS which doesn’t help whatsoever because that and the endo seem to do a brilliant job of teaming up in my stomach and back!
I am incredibly blessed to have such a supportive partner, he is by my side every step of the way from going to the shop at early hours of the morning to get me some pain killers, to ringing an ambulance when I am in that much pain that I can’t even walk! We have been trying for a baby for quite some time now which is incredibly heart breaking as we are desperate to be parents. It’s always great when someone asks ‘when are you going to pop out a kid then’?! Believe me don’t we all wish it was just that easy! Although I try to not let this evil disease take over it does have a massive hold on my life!
I find myself constantly panicking about forward planning in case I will be in pain, my mood is always low, my skin isn’t great and my motivation is rubbish. I literally dread every period because I know what is coming and there is nothing I can do about it!
I was so pleased when I found Annie’s page, without sounding cruel it actually comforted me to know that there are other people out there like me!! I wanted to share my story to maybe help other people or just to simply let other endo sufferers know that they are not alone in this cruel journey.
Thank you for reading 🎗