Endo Strong Patient of the Week: Eve E.

Endo Strong Patient of the Week: Eve E.

The year was 1969, Eve was 13-years-old and experiencing her first period. She was in horrible pain. Her mother, never having a painful period, thought Eve was just trying to get out of school. Google did not exist. There were no online chat rooms or Facbeook groups that Eve could turn to. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were still in high school at the time. Eve relied solely on the medical advice of doctors to help her figure out what was wrong. By the time Eve was 18, her pain was more intense. Eve searched for a gynecologist who could explain her horrible pain. This new doctor Eve found dismissed her saying, “Oh, it’s nothing,” but Eve knew something was wrong.

By her early 20s, Eve started experiencing a lot of diarrhea, in addition to her pain. She started feeling worse and worse. She found another doctor and after explaining her entire medical history to him, he did a sonogram. The sonogram showed that Eve had a cyst. At age 23, Eve had laparoscopic surgery to get the cyst removed. Her doctor told her she should now be feeling great.

But Eve wasn’t feeling great. To be able to endure the pain, Eve sought the comfort of two heating pads and relied heavily on naproxen. The year was 1980, and there was very little discussion about endometriosis and next to no awareness for the disease. She happened to come across Dr. Seckin, a young gynecologist working in Brooklyn, by chance. She started seeing him at the age of 25 and together they started working on her pain management and trying to discover the root of her pain. From the start, she felt he was warm and caring. Dr. Seckin made her comfortable. He believed her pain was real and wanted to know the cause.

Dr. Seckin decided to go in laparoscopically when Eve was 28. He discovered a cyst and finally diagnosed Eve with endometriosis. Eve continued under the care of Dr. Seckin and together they navigated this disease for over a decade. She had three more surgeries with Dr. Seckin, her last one at age 41.  

By the age of 45, Eve started missing periods. By the age of 48, Eve had lost her period completely and welcomed menopause. Menopause has brought her great relief but she still suffers from the occasional bought of diarrhea and leg cramping. She has found eating gluten-free helps her intestinal symptoms. Looking back, Eve ponders whether the radical hysterectomy her paternal grandmother had was related to endometriosis.

Eve feels that Dr. Seckin is a superb doctor. She gives him a tremendous amount of credit for wrapping his entire life around the research and treatment of endometriosis, spending most of his waking hours working with patients and researching it. She feels frustrated with doctors who do not keep up with the latest and most effective treatments and diagnostic tools.

Eve also talks about the loneliness she felt as a young woman growing up with the disease. She felt like she was the only person in the world who had it. She urges young women to use all of the online resources available to them. She also stresses that women should listen to the message their body is sending them, despite what doctors may say or the symptoms they may dismiss. She urges women to keep searching for answers, to take their lives back, no matter what the price.

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  • Angela Aro

    I have struggled with endometriosis and adenomyosis since first starting my period at 13. I was diagnosed at 21 and what followed was a series of unsuccessful surgeries and treatments. My case was very aggressive and involved my urinary tract system and my intestines. After exhausting all of my local doctors I was lucky enough to find Dr. Seckin. We…

  • Emi O

    Seckin and Dr. Goldstein changed my life!

  • Kristin Sands

    Like so many women who have tirelessly sought a correct diagnosis and proper, thorough medical treatment for endometriosis, I found myself 26 years into this unwanted journey without clear answers or help from four previous gynecological doctors and two emergency laparoscopic surgeries. I desperately wanted to avoid the ER again; a CT scan for appendicitis also revealed a likely endometrioma…

  • Wilfredo Reyes

    Dr. Seckin literally gave my wife her life back. I am eternally grateful to him for his generous, determined spirit to see that Melanie finally live free from the prison bonds of Endometriosis.

  • Carla

    I am so grateful to Dr Seckin and Dr. Goldstein. My experience was nothing short of amazing. I was misdiagnosed with the location of my fibroids and have had a history of endometriosis. Dr. Seckin was the one who accurately diagnosed me. Dr Seckin and Dr. Goldstein really care about their patients and it shows. They listened to my concerns,…

  • Melissa Boudreau

    When I think of Dr. Seckin these are the words that come to mind. Gratitude, grateful, life-changing, a heart of gold. I feel compelled to give you a bit of background so you can understand the significance of this surgery for me. I am passionate about Endometriosis because it has affected me most of my life and I have a…

  • Jaclyn Harte

    Dr. Seckin and Dr. Goldstein radically changed my quality of life. They treat their patients with dignity & respect that I've personally never seen in the literally 25+ doctors I've seen for endometriosis. This summer, I had a surgery with Dr. Seckin & Goldstein. It was my first with them, but my 5th endo surgery. I couldn't believe the difference,…

  • Megan Rafael Moreno

    I was in pain for 2 years. I was getting no answers, and because dr Goldstein and dr seckins were willing to see and treat me I'm finally feeling almost back to normal. They were very down to earth and helpful in my time of need. Dr Goldstein was easy to talk to and caring, she took care of me…

  • Nancy Costa

    Dr. Seckin is one of the best endometriosis surgeon. Every time I go to the office, he really listens to me and is always concerned about my issues. Dr Seckin's office staff are a delight and they always work with me. I feel I can leave everything to them and they will take care of it. Thank you to the…

  • Rebecca Black

    Fast forward 5 years to find out incidentally I had a failing kidney. My left kidney was only functioning at 18%. During this time, I was preparing all my documents to send to Dr. Seckin to review. However, with this new information I put everything on hold and went to a urologist. After a few months, no one could figure…

  • Monique Roberts

    I'll never stop praising Dr. Seckin and his team. He literally gave me back my life.

  • Erin Brehm

    I had a wonderful experience working with Dr. Seckin and his team before, during and after my surgery. I came to Dr. Seckin having already had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 5 years prior, with a different surgeon. My symptoms and pain had returned, making my life truly challenging and my menstrual cycle unbearable. Dr. Seckin was quick to validate my…

  • Anita Schillhorn

    I came to Dr. Seckin after years of dealing with endometriosis and doctors who didn't fully understand the disease. He quickly ascertained what needed to be done, laid out the options along with his recommendation and gave me the time to make the right decision for me. My surgery went without a hitch and I'm healing very well. He and…

  • Nicholette Sadé

    Dr. Seckin brought me back to life! I am now 3 weeks into my recovery after my laparoscopy surgery, and I feel like a new and improved woman! Being diagnosed with Endometriosis, then 25yrs old in 2015, and discovering the severity of my case being stage 4, made me devastated. Dr. Seckin's vast knowledge of the disease, sincere empathy, and…