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My Endometriosis Diagnosis

The number of women who’ve reached out since my initial endometriosis diagnosis is overwhelming. Society has done such a disservice to women’s reproductive health it’s appalling. Email after email, message after message, I’ve seen women, young and old, afflicted by suffering that’s been too easily dismissed. Too easily coined, “just period pain.” But I’m here to defy that position.

If we as Christian women of the Gospel want to see Christ unified in and around the world, it begins by talking about and sharing these sufferings, not ignoring or minimizing them. Telling women, that “everyone has painful periods,” or endometriosis, for instance, isn’t Biblical, accurate, or true. While 1 in 10 women do have endometriosis and many cases go undiagnosed, women need to know their pain is valid. They also need to know it isn’t normal. 

My endometriosis diagnosis is valid. Your endometriosis diagnosis, even if it’s undiagnosed and just suspected, is valid, too. Pain is pain. And women deserve to have their medical issues taken seriously. But the pain we feel isn’t normal. It’s the characteristics of a debilitating, life-altering, painful, and often permanent condition. 

What is Endometriosis?

For those who don’t know, Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that typically grows inside your uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of it. Even more shocking, is that while it’s primarily found in women’s reproductive areas (vaginal canal, fallopian tubes, ovaries) it can also grow on abdominal walls, the throat, and back. It can also be found in men.