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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Le First Post

Look who's bloggin' now! 


I created a Tumblr a couple of months back but didn't keep up with it. It seemed too busy for me for just wanting to write, so I figured I'd give this a shot. I have a HUGE problem with keeping up with anything that I start - I'm hoping this is a starting point to resolve said problem. I'm sure it'll take me a while to get used to this whole blogging thing but I'm willing to try. Counts for something, no?


Anyway, I'll just get to the point of why I wanted to start this:


I had surgery on June 4th, 2012, a diagnostic laparoscopy to be exact. The purpose of the surgery was to figure out why I had been having excruciating pelvic pain for over 9 months. In essence, it was pretty much "exploratory surgery." I was diagnosed with Endometriosis, a possible closed left fallopian tube, and adhesions. My appendix also had to be removed due to the adhesions that had grown on it. After I awoke from the surgery and was told everything, I couldn't fully process everything that had been said to me (probably a combo of meds, anesthesia, and shock). Go figure. 


To make a long story short, I was told I may have difficulties becoming pregnant and may need fertility treatments should I ever choose to have kids (that, too, was overwhelming to hear). I was given the options of certain treatment plans to treat the endometriosis and closed fallopian tube, all which will be further discussed with my doctor at my follow up. 


I've been recovering at my parent's house for over a week now and have had much time to process everything. I've also have had a lot of time to sleep, but I attribute that to the pain meds (talk about knocking you off your ass). While I have been in a tremendous amount of pain and struggle to do everyday tasks (showering, putting on socks/shoes/pants, etc.), I am slowly recovering and feeling better each day. I also feel a lot better knowing what was causing me so much pain. I can't even begin to explain how many specialists I saw over the past 9 months with no direct diagnosis (extremely frustrating). 


It's a little difficult to grasp that even though I was not diagnosed with anything fatal, I will have a chronic, painful disease for a very long time. I plan on managing and treating it as best as I can and can only hope that things will get better. 


 **I personally do not know any other girl who suffers from Endo, but if a girl or girls comes across my blog and reads this, I hope they know they are not alone. I would love to hear from others who are going through the same thing**


Ladies, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to take care of your bodies and really pay attention to it when something seems off. Women's health is so important and many girls in their 20s really don't think they have much to worry about, I know I didn't. I despise going to the doctor and legitimately get the worst anxiety right before any appointment, but had I not seeked out an answer these past months, I would have continued in pain...and that's just no fun. 


I chose to keep the surgery from 98% of the people around me only because I didn't know what to expect. I didn't want to worry my friends or family, especially since I was told it was going to be a quick process and that I'd be home the same day. Well, things change. 


I hope to be up and moving around relatively soon (I have no patience) and engaging in all the activities that I have missed out on. I cannot wait to go back to Yoga, run races, pick up kickboxing, etc. You never fully realize how much you use/need your body until you're confined to a couch eating an Oreo McFlurry. 


I wrote more than I intended to, but that's always been a trend with me. I plan to keep this updated on a (somewhat) regular basis. I welcome all followers and hope my friends get a chance to read this as well. 


Hasta luego. 


Con mucho amor, 


Steph 

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