Today my husband put on a podcast for me to listen to as I lay in the dark with an eye mask on to protect my eyes as I fought off a coming migraine (thanks, Endo, for stressing my body out to the point of increased migraines)...
It's a podcast called You Must Remember This, available for free download on iTunes, and episodes 98, 99, and 100 are about the late, great Marilyn Monroe.
Turns out she too suffered from Endometriosis. She had it written into her film contracts that she would be excused from filming during the peak painful times of the month. She was laid up in bed every month and eventually, between that and a few studio forced abortions, was rendered unable to carry a pregnancy by the time she was 30. Her Endo pain was also, sadly, the beginning of her dependency on powerful pain medication, which played a role in her eventual early passing.
If you're feeling really down from this awful illness, know that you share something with the eternal blonde bombshell. She is yet another woman who lived through this pain, carrying on as best she could. Endo touches whoever it wants, regardless of fame or fortune.
(Also, this is an interesting podcast and free to download if you're looking for something you can just rest and listen to while you're laid up in bed.)
I just found that fact extremely interesting and a little encouraging. Even Norma Jean battled with Endo. I hope it makes some of you smile a bit. You're so far from alone. 💖