Jimmy’s wearing Shaq’s jacket and it might be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.
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one of my most dear friends has endometriosis and shes having a really hard time and is looking for some feedback from anybody who can help her out. please take the time to read this, if you would. i really hate seeing her in as much pain as she is.
To my followers,
This post is not for you. This post is for my own piece of mind. My own sanity. This post is my way of surrendering and asking for help. It is also my way of “coming out” if you will. I am letting the walls down protecting my insecurities, secrets, and vulnerabilities. I have endometriosis. Something I have known since July, but I never felt comfortable with telling many people about it. So let me repeat myself. I have endometriosis. A chronic illness. An illness riddled with pain, discomfort, anxiety, anguish, and confusion. What exactly is it?
This disease affects 30 % of woman and possibly more. The illness is often asymptomatic, and goes misdiagnosed. It is a highly misunderstood illness. An illness that I even misunderstood. Doctors misunderstand what the implications are. They will misguide you. They will lead you to dead end treatment options. Options such as the contraceptive pill, painful surgeries, and various other inept options. Sometimes these help, but in my case they failed.
It is commonly believed that this illness is the “painful period disease”. That a woman has intolerable cramps, and pain that interferes with one’s daily life. But Dysmenorrhea is only the beginning of the symptoms. Not only do women experience dysmenorrhea but they experience a sharp shooting pain near the pelvis that can occur at any time. They can experience painful intercourse, sharp pain in the abdomen, frequent/painful urination, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, infertility and myriad other symptoms. Endometriosis is a jigsaw puzzle of symptoms.
These symptoms are due to body cells growing in the incorrect place, like weeds in a garden. Instead of staying inside the womb where they belong, these cells migrate outside the womb to infiltrate the ovaries and other areas of the body. Sometimes adhesions form, binding entire organs together, and produce gastrological affects. We need to understand why this happens in order to find a cure. Like other chronic illnesses, there is no cure.
As a woman/feminist, I am appalled by the lack of awareness our society has of such a horrific disease. This is not a disease that discriminates women based upon age, height, weight, race, ethnicity, social status, and color of hair (except redheads tend to have a higher chance of being diagnosed. meh). Endometriosis should be as well known as asthma or diabetes given how many women it affects and how much misery it creates. The apparent indifference and ignorance to the symptoms of endometriosis reflects the lack of interest portrayed by society to health issues relevant to women.
However, I decided that yesterday I would examine the endometriosis and chronic illness tag. I was overwhelmed by the result. I never experienced so many tears in a day. I am now beginning to realize the severity of this disease and its effects. It saddens to me to realize how many people are suffering from illness and how it grasps those who obtain such illnesses. That being said, this realization was beneficial. I am aware of the sub-culture that surrounds the community, and how it takes a toll on so many lives. I realize I am not alone. And I am now accepting that this is something that will have changed my life indefinitely. I am no longer ashamed of this disease and I want to join in the fight to help bring awareness.
For my current followers-expect to see more material and updates about this disease and my recovery process. Don’t worry, i will still reblogg cats and Beatlemania. If it annoys you, unfollow me. I am welcoming new followers that may relate.
Currently, I am experiencing slight pelvic pain, painful periods, unbearable nausea, frequent urination, upset bowels, lightheaded, dizziness, fatigue, lack of focus, and persistent hunger. Due to these symptoms I have dropped out of college for this semester and I am fighting to be well next semester. I feel isolated and lonely, cannot drive and see many people and my anxiety has heightened. Reading and writing have become difficult and moving around much is difficult as well. Like many chronic illness sufferers, I look and act fine but inside I don’t feel fine. I have seen various doctors and radically changed my entire diet. I started consuming meat (former vegetarian), removed diary, sugar, alcohol/drugs, coffee, chocolate, citrus, and gluten. Mostly meat and veggies. I am awaiting to hear back from some tests regarding allergies.
****TO THE PEOPLE OF TUMBLR**** I am reaching out to you. I have heard from myriad sources that diet will dramatically change things for this illness. I also am perplexed by my dizziness, lightheaded feeling, and persistent hunger. I have not seen improvement. Does anyone have any suggestions about what will provide relief? A diet that will work perhaps?? Or is this something else in the works a midst my endo?? Any suggestions would be helpful and much appreciated!! I still have hope.
is a living room wall
with awkwardly placed photographs
hiding fist-shaped holes. Andrea Gibson, “Class” (via perfect)
I leave for 2 minutes to go get a stupid cheeseburger and this happens. God damn it.
ever wonder how different your life would be if that one thing never happened