Former Miss Tanzania's Relief After 11 Ablations: "I Felt Great" After My Endometriosis Surgery With Seckin

Millen MageseTanzanian supermodel Millen Happiness Magese recalls getting her very first period and being rushed to the hospital with crippling cramps.  "I was [hospitalized] for three days. Can you imagine? My first period was that crazy." For every period that followed, she often bled heavily for seven days a month. Her family and friends felt helpless as Magese suffered the same horrific pains every month. Finally, at the age of 26, a South African doctor performed an ablation and diagnosed her with Stage IV Endometriosis. Many more ablations would follow, 11 in all, and a laparotomy, and still the procedures didn't save her from more than a decade more of cramps that sent her to the emergency room.

Thankfully for Magese, relief finally came in 2013 when the then 35-year-old model discovered endometriosis excision specialist Dr. Tamer Seckin. "Dr. Seckin is very straightforward, but also very passionate, and he looked at me and said, 'Let's sit down," says Magese. "My back was bad. Depression was hitting. It was so frustrating.  I said, 'Doctor, whatever that you think is great for me to do, I’m going for it.'" Magese scheduled surgery with Seckin—and the procedure lasted nearly six hours. What did he discover? "My organs were really attached to each other," says Magese. Seckin also alerted her to fertility problems. He said, "One ovary is not strong anymore. One ovary shrank because it had all these adhesions and also these big cysts. He said to my partner, 'She is really a strong person,' and 'I hope she finds relief.'" 

After her excision surgery, Magese says she immediately noticed a difference. "Through Dr. Seckin, I felt great."

Magese says her fertility-sparing surgery was a reality check. She set off on her quest to become a mother and started rounds of IVF with a fertility specialist. Magese’s persistence paid off. In July, she gave birth to a son and named him Prince Kairo. His name appropriately means “Victorious One” in Arabic, and Magese feels it sums up her endometriosis journey perfectly.

“I don’t believe he’s mine. I look at him and say, 'You saved my life,'” adds Magese.  Even holding the 9-month-old boy in her arms today, she still finds herself crying tears of gratitude and joy. “My son is my world."

 

 

 

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  • Winnie Chan

    I’ve seen many obgyns over the years explaining my monthly symptoms during my period...but eventually it became a daily struggle with these pain. It feels like a poke here and there near my right pelvic region. I was given birth control pills for the past ten years but honestly, it didn’t help at all. I was in bed whenever I…

  • Rachel Grobman

    Dr.Seckin is so much more than a surgeon. His passion for helping endometriosis sufferers and determination to improve the quality of life in all of his patients is undeniable. I remember when my gynecologist first told me I needed a laparoscopy. Her exact words were "I can do the surgery, but if you were MY daughter- I'd send you to…

  • Esin Kocabiyik

    I was there for hysterectomy but then I found out that I also had endometriosis.My both surgeries went excellent and I feel great!.I am so thankful to Dr.Seckin and all his team for making my journey smooth!

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    I am a physician who suffered from deep infiltrative endometriosis. I needed laparoscopic surgery, so I went to see my former gynaecologist and he performed the procedure (a surgery which he supposedly does hundreds of times a year) last November. I had severe pain again when I had my period in January and was advised to go on taking a…

  • Grace Larsen

    After years of excessively painful periods, a serious loss of quality of life, and a series of uninformed and uninterested doctors, Dr. Seckin and Dr. Goldstein turned my life around. I was told I woke up from my surgery almost a year ago with a smile on my face, and I haven't stopped since. Before I heard of Dr. Seckin,…

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    Dr Seckin and his team gave me back my life! Tomorrow will be 1 month since my surgery and I feel great. Dr. Seckin, Dr Liu, and Dr Goldstein are not only beyond words talented and amazing Doctors, but they are also genuinely wonderful and caring people. I cannot say enough great things about Holly, Asiye and Kim as well.…

  • Anna Lu

    Dr. Seckin and his staff spared me from years and years of heavy periods and unbearable endometriosis pain. After having surgery with him (my first) I can now function like a regular human. No more eating NSAIDs like candy and calling out sick from work. Thank you, Dr. Seckin!