I’m Kelly Hope T. and I’m 22 and have been struggling with bad periods since I was about in 6 grade. My mother was diagnosed with Endometriosis when she was a teen, even had an ovary removed but managed to have 3 beautiful children. I on the other hand started out with periods that would last a week and were so heavy I would faint and vomit. Until my doctor put me on birth control which managed everything but the pain & what I didn’t know at the time ovarian cysts. Things didn’t get really bad until about my senior year of high school when I was getting UTI’s for months and pain constantly. I went to lots of doctors and no answers. I kept managing my symptoms thinking the doctors had to be right; There was nothing wrong with me. I guess the hardest thing was that I appeared to look healthy most days but inside MY body the only I can feel was clearly sending me panic signals.
Then my second year at college, I got the worst/biggest ovarian cyst of my life burst causing me to have to drop out of school. Still, my OBGYN told me a month after that I was fine and ‘making up excuses’ and to go home. I was furious but utterly tired and defeated. I eventually felt like I could go back to a ‘normal’ life managing the endometriosis on my own. Then this is where the big red Endo flags started to pop up. I began to start fainting randomly which as you can imagine is quite unsettling & unsafe. Then I basically became allergic to all foods – my sister likes to say I became involuntarily bulimic. Everything made me sick. I was losing weight rapidly; Before my surgery, I believe it was 20-25 pounds. I had no strength, no muscle, and no energy.
That’s when I got the reference to see Dr. Seckin from my family friend who works at a hospital on Long Island. BEST THING I’VE EVER DONE. I got my life back. I came to see him and he gave me a bit of hope. Hope is a hard thing to have when you have Endometriosis until you have results. Then the surgery came.
As someone who has been to the hospital a lot, this was a walk in the park but when it was time to really go my stomach dropped and I didn’t know what to do. I walked into the room, so nervous and I was suddenly in a movie but then I saw those memorable glasses & heard his accent. Dr. Seckin said, “You watch way too much Grey’s Anatomy.” Smiled. “Now are we ready to do this?” and I swear to see him with those blue glasses that separate in the middle was probably the most relieving sight of my entire life. I know this is cheesy but when I woke up I started to cry. I think it’s because I knew it was going to be the start of something so amazingly new: Living a regular healthy life.
I have pictures of Dr. Seckin talking to my family explaining how he laparoscopically removed all the endometriosis laughing and telling jokes to keep their spirits high in the waiting room. When I went to the check-up a week or so later I was so excited because the recovery was not so bad. He showed me pictures and even told me he laparoscopically took out my appendix too! I was free from the chains of Endometriosis. I was about to start to get emotional. As a person with this disease, I think hope is something that you just put on the back burner for so long until you meet your miracle worker. Until you meet people who take your hand and say: it’s okay, please have trust in me, & I am here for you. For me it is and always will be Dr. Seckin and everyone on his staff.
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