Hey friends! I'm back!
I haven't written a blog post in quite some time, but it feels great to be back!
If you recall an older post of mine about my natural hair, I talked about my health as well. I mentioned that a few years ago I found out I had uterine fibroids, and started reading about links between chemical relaxers and fibroids. That led me to go natural and I have been for almost 4 years now!
For the last few years, I have not been feeling my best and knew that ultimately I would need to get to the bottom of my pain. After plenty of doctors appointments and tests I was still not getting many answers, which can be extremely frustrating.
During one appointment the conversation about endometriosis came up. Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells similar to those that form on the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. The only true way to detect it is to have a medical procedure which I was not thrilled about. So I went on for another year with a ton of pain. Some days debilitating.
For some reason I thought if we kept talking about my pain it would miraculously go away. Well it didn't!
Fast forward to a few months ago when I finally agreed to have the diagnostic procedure done to see what was going on. I'll be very honest that much of my agreement was due to my desire to be a mother one day. In order to do that I need to know about my health and take control of the things that I can. I at least need to understand my body to try and heal it, right?
I also agreed to have the procedure done to take back some agency in my healthcare. Women of color, black women specifically often have illnesses that go undiagnosed and untreated. Black women are also listened to the least by their physicians, don't believe me? Check out this article! Our pain often gets ignored. There a ton of articles about health disparities affecting black women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women die of pregnancy-related causes at a rate about three times higher than those of white women.
All of that information was more than enough for me to decide to take my health somewhat back into my hands and to start getting some answers.
Yesterday, October 14th, 2019 I finally worked up the courage to have all of my procedures and I am so happy I did. If you think you have endometriosis the procedure they do is called a laparoscopy. Your surgeon will make small incisions into your abdomen, inflate it with gas, and look around with a camera. While I was there I also had a another procedure done, a hysteroscopy to remove uterine polyps. Unfortunately, I will have to go back to eventually have those fibroids removed, but baby steps for now.
I am extremely relieved to know that I DO NOT have endometriosis. While, I still don't have clear answers as to what causes so much of my pain. I can at least rule that out and start getting to the bottom of it.
Ladies, I want you to know that you have control of your body. You know it better than anyone else and we have to take care of ourselves. You are also not alone. So many women deal with female issues and it helps to talk about it sometimes.
IN 2017, endometriosis affected 1 out of 10 women during reproductive years. It is extremely common so please talk to your doctors and speak up when you are hurting. If they don't listen it might be time to find a new one.
Take control of your health because YOU want to feel good again. Talk about your health because it is important. Take care of yourself because you're only given one body. Take control of your health because your time here is precious and should be full of joy and excitement, not pain. I know some things are hard to control, but I do believe if we seek some help when we start feeling bad it can possibly help down the road. I know sometimes we catch things late and it can be devestating. I also know that it helps to have a great support system around you to help make those painful days a little bit better.