My entire post pubescent life has been marked by excruciating periods

My entire post pubescent life has been marked by excruciating periods, that forced me once a month to leave school with unbearable pain, diarrhea, and exhaustion. I never understood how my girlfriends could bear the pain of their periods, assuming everyone went through what I was going through.

I am a 35-year-old married woman suffering from endometriosis since I was 17 years old. My entire post pubescent life has been marked by excruciating periods, that forced me once a month to leave school with unbearable pain, diarrhea, and exhaustion. I never understood how my girlfriends could bear the pain of their periods, assuming everyone went through what I was going through.  My first ruptured cyst sent me to the ER, followed by a week of recovery.

Throughout my early 20’s my chronic pelvic pain and monthly debilitating periods disrupted my school, my work and my relationships with boyfriends. When I was 25 I was officially diagnosed via Laparoscopic surgery with endo with a highly recommended and well-known gyno/fertility doctor. The level of aftercare and sympathy was so disheartening and incredibly difficult to wrap my brain about. My pain was not managed at all and I was made to feel like I was being dramatic. I was also told medicine that would put me into menopause was my only option. I was bluntly told at 25 that if I wanted to have children I would have to do so immediately or risk infertility. After going to doctor after doctor, countless ER visits and all around a desperate desire to be heard and respected at the level of pain I was feeling I finally, finally found Dr. Seckin. From the moment I walked into his office, I was respected, listened to and above all believed at the level of pain I lived in every day. I cannot tell you how disheartening it feels to live in pain every day and actually have a female doctor tell me “oh sweetie that must suck, take some Tylenol” Dr. Seckin validated what I was feeling both physically as well as emotionally.

After discussing surgery I began to panic at the thought of the recovery and excruciating pain I experienced with my last excision surgery. I was assured my Dr. Seckin and his staff that I would be well taken care of and have access to Dr. Seckins personal cell phone should I need anything. I am truly grateful to Dr. Seckin’s skill as a surgeon and his excellent knowledge in endometriosis care. Thank you to Dr. Seckin and his staff for their tireless efforts in scheduling, answering my questions and above all making me feel heard, understood and validated after nearly 20 years of feeling powerless and defeated both physically and emotionally. I know endometriosis will continue to rear its ugly head but I finally feel confident that I have the access to the very best health care professional in this field as well as the emotional support I so desperately needed to brave this battle!

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…