My Appendiceal Endometriosis Story
My name is Anessa Marinello and I am 19 years old. I first noticed my abdominal pain in December of 2014. Little by little it grew worse and worse becoming less tolerable. After several unsuccessful visits to the hospital, gynecologist, and gastroenterologist I had exhausted every diagnosis possible from a bladder infection to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I was tired of being told it was psychosomatic and refused to accept the pain into my everyday life. It was not only affecting me physically, but emotionally, and physiologically. In a last-ditch effort, I made an appointment with a fertility specialist in my area. My first surgery was in February of 2015. Although the surgeon was successful in finding and cauterizing endometriosis adhesions and removing a floating cyst a few weeks after, the symptoms returned. I had reached my breaking point. I finally thought I had found the answer and now after putting myself through extremely painful surgery, I was left back where I had started. Instead of giving up I pushed on and did my research. This is when I came across Dr. Seckin’s website. After discussing with my parents I decided to make a consultation appointment with him. I was immediately impressed once stepping into Dr. Seckin’s office. Not only were the nurses welcoming, but Dr. Seckin went over my file with me and immediately uttered the words “You are not crazy” making me instantaneously burst into tears. After so long I finally felt like someone understood what I was going through. The daily pain and struggle to make it through each day. Being a freshman in college was enough stress, the last thing I needed was this disease bringing me down. Together, Dr. Seckin, my parents, and I decided surgery was the best option. Going in with no guarantee of success I put all my trust in Dr. Seckin knowing I was in good hands. I am happy to say that now, two weeks after my surgery I feel GREAT! Dr. Seckin removed 15 suspicious adhesions and a very fatty, unhealthy, inflamed appendix. Aside from the expected soreness from the surgery, I am confident that I am on the right track back to my old self. The past seven months were the most challenging time in my life. I became very depressed after my first surgery and I could have easily stayed that way if it weren’t for my amazing support system. I am very thankful for my friends and family who stood by me and knew that I wasn’t “crazy”, I was just in pain. I am so thankful I found Dr. Seckin and the resources on his website which led to my decision to meet with him. From day one he had confidence that he could help me and he has done nothing but help me since our first encounter. He truly is an amazing doctor and I am forever grateful for his help.
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