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I Just Have to Believe: An Endometriosis Story

How do I start?

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while–a few years. I keep putting it off. Today, I have courage.

A while ago, a few years ago, I wrote about finding out I have endometriosis. For those who don’t know, endometriosis is when tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. I just saw an add that calls it a disorder. Thanks, internet.

Endometriosis can be painful for many women. But you can’t know you have it unless a doctor goes in to look for it.

My mom had a severe case years ago. She had terrible pains that landed her in the emergency room a few times. She also had abnormal periods, and no one had answers for her until it was so bad they decided to give her a hysterectomy.  During the surgery, the operators found the endometriosis and saw that what was causing the most pain was the tissue that had attached to her colon.

I found out I had endometriosis after a year of trying to get pregnant. We finally went to an OBGYN that works with infertility and did all the tests. Everything came out normal, for both me and Chef Comte. The last test was to do a laparoscopy to determine two things: if my tubes were blocked and if I had endometriosis.

I had endometriosis.

After the tissue was removed, we waited a month and then decided to do AID (artificial insemination). The doctor told me that if I was younger, he would suggest I go on medication for a year to stave off the endometriosis. Because I was in my 30s, I think I was barely 30 or 31, he suggested I try to get pregnant right away.