After suffering from chronic abdominal and pelvic pain, without fail, every month for 2 weeks at a time with a myriad of other just as equally sucky symptoms; I was officially diagnosed with endometriosis and pelvic congestion syndrome after a solid year. The pain had increasingly gotten worse as the months went on. Severe bloating, lower back pain, shooting pains that traveled down my leg making it hard to walk, intense constant cramps, and the list goes on. This was interfering with my LIFE. I was going to the ER, popping Ibuprofen like skittles, carrying a heating pad with me at all times, and soaking in hot baths on my worst flare up days. I felt like a failure. I felt like a terrible wife, mother, and employee. There were way too many, “No, I can’t because my stomach hurts to bad” told to my precious boys. I’m here to say this: don’t ever, EVER let a doctor tell you that your pain and symptoms don’t warrant you advocating for yourself. When my gynecologist told me that my symptoms didn’t sound like Endometriosis to him, screw THAT! 👋 I know my body and I knew that what I was feeling was not right nor normal. You are your biggest advocate for yourself and don’t ever forget that. Now after having a laparoscopy today, I feel validated. There was removal of endometrial tissue that had grown elsewhere. Hoping for brighter and more pain free days ahead. Thank GOD that he his good, EVERY DAY on even my worst ones. Thank GOD for bringing this selfless husband of mine into my life that stepped up when I couldn’t and never for a minute made me feel like I was worthless. & thank GOD he filled me with hope and courage.