For Oldies & Newbies alike - I'd like to share this link. It's a great letter written a while back by my friend & fellow endo sufferer Heather.
If you've read this letter before, I do apologise. If you haven't - read it & show it to your friends & family. You're not allowed to copy it onto personal websites without permission. Luckily I do have such permission; which is why I'm sharing it now.
It's a reminder to us all that we are not to blame for this disease. We didn't cause this illness. We didn't contract it - it is something in our bodies from birth. My grandmother had endometriosis - as did one of her nieces; so for me this is something passed down to me by my father. Do I blame him? Of course not. Am I angry - yes. But not with him. I'm angry with the way that no one has heard of this disease. I'm so tired of having to explain to people what endometriosis is. Instead of a blank look, I long for understanding and acceptance.
It's 20 years since I was diagnosed - yet I'm hearing the same old stories from newbies.
Don't suffer in silence. Shout it from the rooftops that you have endometriosis.
I wish I had been brave enough to do so 20 years ago.
Maybe then I would have been believed.