Funny Girls of Fertility

The Struggle

Sharon

I've been a little timid to write about endometriosis.  Mostly because it's kind of a sensitive topic. Endometriosis is the most common gynecological disorder. For those unfamiliar with endometriosis it's where the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus begins to grow outside of the uterus.  It can be debilitatingly painful for some women.

One of my best friends suffers from endometriosis, and I can tell you the struggle is real.  She lives with a couple of roommates, one of which has zero sympathy for her womanly issues (and she is a dang woman).  This lack of compassion floors me on a level all of its own, but I guess if you don't understand or know anything about endometriosis you may have trouble empathizing.

My friend describes it as being stabbed from the insides.  I know of times where she has been stuck on her bathroom floor in so much pain, even just trying to take a breath hurts.  Since there aren't any outward symptoms a lot of uneducated people try to chalk it up to some bad cramping, and women just wanting to complain to complain.  That's not the case though.  This tissue that is growing outside of where it normally should builds up just like it would before a menstrual cycle, breaks down, and begins to bleed. Endometriosis is a silent disorder.  No one wants to go around telling everyone that the tissue that lines their uterus is growing like damn wild flowers where it isn't supposed to, and guess what the main complication of endometriosis is?!  Impaired fertility.  Not saying you can't get pregnant if you have endometriosis, but you just might have to work a little bit (or a lot) harder to get there.

Honestly, I have zero idea what endometriosis feels like, but I know what a challenge it is to describe that kind of pain to someone who hasn't experienced it.  My point is that you can't judge someones pain based on their outward appearance.  Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. Not only do I feel people need to show more compassion for disorders like endometriosis, but I think showing compassion in general is important.  I probably sound like an old lady saying this, but people kind of F'ing suck these days with feeling for others.

I'm going to leave this little gem here..... "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." - Albert Schweitzer

I think everyone should take Albert's words to heart, and try to practice compassion on a daily basis!