Endometriosis is the major cause of infertility and pelvic pain in women. 1 in 4 of us have it, this chronic disease has been researched for decades but we have yet to find a cure. My name is Lorena Perez and my struggle started at the age of 12 when I first start menstruating, every month I had to be picked up from school. The pain, nausea, fever and vomiting became the norm.
It was not until I was 29 years old that I finally became diagnosed with endometriosis. After implementing a regular yoga practice, I became aware of my body so much so that I felt my endometriomas bulging out in places not normal. This is when the quest began, and killer cramps were no longer thought of as normal. Throughout the years my gyn doctors would send me home with ibuprofen, natural remedies like apple cider baths, etc.
In November 2014 I met Dr. Seckin, by the time I reached his office I was on stage 4 and had 26 endometriomas, two the size of grapefruits and the spread was ongoing. A month later I ended up in the emergency room. Dr. Seckin performed a 6 hour surgery, and I have not been the same person since. My periods have become “normal,” with less days and minimal cramping. Dr. Seckin has truly saved my life.
The effect endometriosis has had on me has not only been physical, but emotional and mental. Since being diagnosed I’ve started to attend therapy to overcome depression and PTSD. The journey has not been an easy one, endometriosis has brought me close to suicidal thoughts, and I have learned that many other sufferers of the disease have committed suicide. This disease not only affects the endo warrior but also their families and friends. As an artist this has had an adverse affect on my work. .
The Endometriosis Foundation of America is actively conducting research to find a cure and raise awareness among young women, doctors, and practitioners alike. This year the EFA is participating in the New York City Marathon and we are seeking for your support. For more information go to endofound.org