If I learned about endometriosis as a teenager, my life would be completely different. Because there was a 23 year delay in my diagnosis, my endo has progressed so severely, I'm stage four. I have deep infiltrating endo. It has attacked multiple organs. It's caused four lung collapses and required me to have two surgeries on my right lung.
I'm currently preparing for my third excision surgery in 19 months. It's exhausting. I know that if someone would have talked to me about endometriosis 20 plus years ago, I would have said, "Hey, this is me." I would've advocated for myself. I would've sought out medical treatment years ago. And as a result of that, I would have had a better quality of life and hopefully a pain free life.