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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Reviews

  • Kim Molinaro

    Kim Molinaro

    Prior to meeting Dr. Seckin and reading his book, “The Doctor Will See You Now”, I knew little to nothing about endometriosis. I was led to believe that endometriosis was not a serious condition. I was told that the pain could be managed by taking the “pill”. I was told that the cysts on my ovaries were harmless. I was…

  • Rebecca Black

    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

    Monique Roberts

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

  • Erin Brehm

    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

    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…