Dr.Seckin: If it was 15 years ago probably we could have prevented it

Tracy Pennea: I’m Tracy Pennea and I was diagnosed with endometriosis in March, 2010. My life includes taking care of the horses, bringing them in, turning them out, bringing up all the hay and the tractor and lifting up the big bales of hay. You get 40 to 50 pound bags of grain that we always have to lift on our shoulders and carry around ourselves. It’s a lot of heavy lifting, a lot of heavy physical stuff.

It was about 1996 when I realized I had some cysts on the ovaries and it became pretty painful with the periods. But I thought that was normal. I thought everyone was supposed to feel the pain.

I met Dr. Seckin… actually my brother, his best friend is Dr. Shane Dawson, who also works surgery with Dr. Seckin, so he told me that the best endometriosis specialist he knew was Dr. Seckin. I made an appointment and was able to see him right away.

I was able to see my doctor and she prescribed birth control pills, which of course then shrunk the swelling and everything seemed fine. Then, I think about 2007, it came back real ugly. The cysts grew back, I had stopped taking the pill, didn’t want to be on that anymore and it got to the point where I could not walk without holding onto something. I would hold a door knob or a wall. The pain was so severe that I would basically curl over. Fortunately it never happened while I was driving because if it did, I don’t know what would have happened. But those periods of just complete anguish and pain would last 30 seconds, it seemed like a minute. And then they would pass. I was living on two Advil, four Advil a day when the pain was really, really bad and I’d just continue with my life thinking that this was totally normal. I had no idea how bad it was. This went on from 2007 until just this year, 2010 when it got so severe I couldn’t get out of bed. For a woman who stacks hay for a living, rides horses for a living, I was completely down for the count. I couldn’t get out of bed – 24 hours in bed. I didn’t know what was going on.

I went to my gynecologist to see what we could do. I was definitely taking at least two to four Advil at the beginning of every period. She decided we would do what is called a cryoablation, which is freezing of the uterus, which was supposed to then end my periods, which would have been all well and good if I didn’t already have cysts on my ovaries. That wasn’t going to have anything to do with the other. I had a full hysterectomy.

Dr. Seckin: We wish we did not have to do a hysterectomy. If it was some 15 years ago probably we could have prevented this.

Tracy Pennea: I’ve had no pain since. Going from the level of pain, you know, the one to ten scale, I was at 10. There were times when I almost passed out to now I don’t even have to take an Advil. I don’t take over-the-counter meds or anything. And this is two weeks after surgery. So, I’m really psyched and I can’t wait to get back on the horses.

The relief that I felt, knowing that he could take care of me, and help me, he’s just a man you put all your trust in and all your faith in. I just felt so good going and seeing him and knowing that within a couple of weeks the pain would be gone. It was amazing. And it’s gone. It’s really good. Two weeks later and I’m like back at the barn. I’m not lifting hay; I didn’t do it, Dr. Seckin! Overall, it’s been very good.

Tracy P.

<< Previous Article
Living with constant pain and suffering from endometriosis
Living with constant pain and suffering from endometriosis

Living with constant pain and suffering from endometriosis sounds extreme, but sadly that's the life a person with endometriosis lives.…

Read more >

Next Article >>
He spent over an hour with me the first time I saw him and really listened to me.

  Hi, I’m Ali Schaffer and I have been suffering from endometriosis for about ten years. The past couple of…

Read more >

Patient Reviews

Write a review
  • 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

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

  • 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

    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…

  • Nicholette Sadé

    Dr. Seckin brought me back to life! I am now 3 weeks into my recovery after my laparoscopy surgery, and I feel like a new and improved woman! Being diagnosed with Endometriosis, then 25yrs old in 2015, and discovering the severity of my case being stage 4, made me devastated. Dr. Seckin's vast knowledge of the disease, sincere empathy, and…

  • Jason Curry

    My wife had her laparoscopic excision surgery to remove endometriosis with Dr. Seckin on Jan 30, 2014. She doesn't write online reviews so I'm writing this on her behalf. I accompanied her with each office visit she had. The staff--Lucy and Kim, are very friendly, warm and professional. Dr. Seckin was excellent in every capacity. He spent a lot of…

  • Liz Filippelli

    He is an awesome doctor who saved my daughters life from debilitating endometriosis..she knew instantly upon awaking from surgery that she was better..that wad May and no complaints only praises for Dr. Wonderful Seckin!!

  • Karen N

    I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 19. I saw several Endometriosis "Specialists" since then, had a few laproscopic surgeries to "remove" the endometriosis and continued to be in pain. I had a hysterectomy in 2012 and was told this would stop the pain once and for all. No such luck! Tired of spending days in bed with a heating pad,…

  • Lauren Rodriguez

    I researched and found Dr. Seckin after dealing with years of doctors who couldn't help me or refused to go the extra mile for their patients. I have to say I am truly blessed to have found such a compassionate and talented doctor. He is exquisite with everything he does, and both his team at the office and surgical team…

  • Kellya Vespa

    Dr. Seckin is a very skilled surgeon. There are not many doctors like him that truly understand the effects of endometriosis. I am lucky to have found him. The staff is wonderful too.

  • Meg Connolly

    Dr. Seckin truly LOVES what he does and cares about his patients from the bottom of his heart. My life has already changed in 3 weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful. Should I ever need another operation for endometriosis, Dr. Seckin will be the one to do it. I recommend him to anyone I come across with similar problems…

  • Elisandra O

    Dr. Seckin is an amazing Doctor he is very compassionate, caring and he will be honest with you. He's been my doctor for 19yrs and I am so grateful to have someone taking care of me that knows what he is doing and knows the best way to treat each and every situation. I would definitely recommend him and his…