One of the things about endometriosis or just women in general that really bugs me is that as women we are our own worst enemy. Women seem to put other women down more than men do. I've always had it with GPs, male doctors seem to be more sympathetic whereas female doctors say things like "you wish you had it" or you're just fat or you're depressed it's just period pain.
But now I have it at work. I could over hear my manager and a colleague slagging off another member of staff for having time off and surgery for endometriosis. I'm sure my colleague said that she had had it but 'just had a hysterectomy and got over myself'. Up to now I have had a male manager who was somewhat sympathetic but would rather not talk about it, perfect. Now it's changed and I'm worried about the next time I have an issue. I understand that many women with this condition have little to no pain regardless of how advanced it is but that some women have a tiny bit and they are in agony on a daily basis. Why can't she see that and have some respect and empathy? As it happens, I have an advanced case where it is embedded in my internal organs which I find agonising not long after surgery. I don't want to be the joke at my work if I'm unable to come in. Should I lay down some ground work now? Plus I am getting seriously fed up of having to discuss something so personal over and over as they change managers every 2 minutes. Any ideas? I hated it when I was going through the menopause at a different store and the menopausal women and other staff said I was stupid and dramatic when I only asked for the aircon to go on! Xxx