Chronic Illness & Endometriosis

Depression and Endometriosis: When Chronic Pain Leads to Depression

Being a part of the endometriosis community, you hear a lot of stories of women receiving unpleasant diagnoses. Several have discussed depression and mental health concerns, but no one really digs in deep because it’s such a taboo subject. I’ve read plenty of stories of newly diagnosed women, added my “I’m so sorry to hear” […]

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Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

This Too Shall Pass

Yesterday was not a good day for my pain. I had to leave work early and was lucky to make it home to my husband’s comfort. I got into bed and snuggled up with my heating pad. Unfortunately, as soon as I was starting to feel normal again and went to dinner with the husband – a migraine decided to creep up on me. As soon as we got home, I quickly folded a load of clothes, then texted the husband that I was going to lay down until my headache cleared.

Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

The Progressive Invader: Why Surgery is Necessary for Endometriosis Treatment

Every person suffering from chronic pain dislikes being asked “Are you feeling better?” or any variation of that question, because we know what the person asking does not understand: chronic means that it is not going away. There will be days that are better than others, and I do find solace in those days or even moments, for there will be days when the pain, nauseous or any other symptom may be too much to handle that day. For now, I find comfort in knowing God will not give me anything I cannot handle, and reminding myself to count my blessings.

Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

Relationships and Pain: The Struggle to Find a Balance

One of the largest impacts the last five weeks has been on my relationship with my husband. The pain has caused me to be even more withdrawn than usual, I feel guilty for being tired or in pain and needing to lie down, so I start to imagine that my husband is upset with me. My guilt causes this ideation to take root and soon, even if he was not upset before, he is now frustrated from the constant “are you okay” “what’s wrong” “what can I do” questioning, and I am now worn out and feeling slightly neglected from asking him these questions instead of being cared for during my pain lapse.