As a surgeon who specializes in treating endometriosis, Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me, and it is a day that is emotionally charged for the 1 in 10 women affected by this disease.
Like so many things in life, the ability to have a child is often taken for granted. Unfortunately and much too often, endometriosis makes women incapable of bearing children.
To those women who were unable to conceive because their diagnosis was missed until too late, my heart goes out to you.
To those of you who are still struggling with the issue of infertility, my thoughts are with you.
Congratulations to those of you who are mothers because you have been spared this disease or who have been diagnosed in time and successfully treated.
Motherhood should be a choice for every woman. Endometriosis robs women of that choice.
Help me to make a difference. Talk about this disease. Tell everyone you know about the signs and symptoms. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the outcome.
Tamer Seckin, MD