Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm 20 years old. I'm entering my 3rd year of university late in September. I have been struggling with endometriosis since 2015 and was recently diagnosed in February this year. It's thanks to the awareness of endometriosis, done by people involved in this charity that I have been able to get an early diagnosis, and I thank you! It's been a very emotional, unimaginably painful two years. In February I was given two choices, to try the contraceptive route or have a laparoscopy surgery. And I chose the contraceptive route, and unfortunately it hasn't help with the pain. My next appointment with the hospital is on the 7th of September (which is not far away now), they have left the option for surgery open but I have no idea what to do. I feel like I still have a very long road to run, and this surgery will be the start. I never knew this illness existed until I was diagnosed in February and it is so much to take in. It's very scary, and I am so unsure about the surgery still, there are so many risks in having it and not having it I have no idea what to do. Could anyone give advice?