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meredithgersten #FlashbackFriday to my last #laparoscopy surgery to finally find out if I had #endometriosis November 2012.. Endometriosis is when the lining of the uterine grows outside of the uterus, causing insanely sharp pains, bloating, being nauseous & infertility.
More than 4 MILLION American women have Endo & 3 MILLION women will encounter infertility problems.
It took over 10 years for me to get this surgery & finally be told officially I had Endo - countless tests, specialist doctor appointments, pills & shots - nothing worked to help this crazy pain I was in every day. So what do you think our treatment options are?? Birth control, surgeries to burn off the Endo tissues, a heating pad or hysterectomy. The worst part about all this is every hour, 72 American women have hysterectomies. The highest rate in the world. It blows my mind that this is one of the common things a woman with Endo will hear as a treatment.. There is no guaranty anything of it will help either. One quarter of all surgeries will recur after it has been removed. Endo can also grow in other parts of the body. I have it on my bladder so if someone like me got the recommended "treatment" of a birth control pill or hysterectomy I would still have Endo & still be in pain.
I took all of this & decided I was going to be my very first Holistic Health client. I changed my life drastically for Endo. I changed what I ate, I started religiously exercising & even my job. I have been 100% med free for a year & a half. It's not always easy, I have good & bad days but because of all this it has made me have such a passion for bringing awareness to this #autoimmune disease.
We have to do more. We deserve more. It not a life threatening disease.. Yet Endo can change your life, put you on medical leave from work, cause emotional & physical turmoil & so so much more. If you want to learn more about how I've dealt with Endo, participating in the Million Women Walk for Endo next March or anything please feel free to email me {meredithg14@gmail.com} I am open book & always have time for my sisters!
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  •   meredithgersten @megizzzle thank you sis! 28min
  •   meredithgersten @diva1ntraining that's why were so connected!! Our endo monsters are buds! 26min
  •   dredmommy Ok. Thx. I live in new york @meredithgersten 24min
  •   prettyinink8715 November 2012 is when I had my presacral neurectomy with Dr S at the CEC!! 22min
  •   hello_inki I had my hysterectomy two years ago! Blessed to be able to have two kids! Your Such a great inspiration and strong woman definitely someone I look up too 17min
  •   curly_q_11 What makes this so hard is my family doesn't understand this disease when I tell them I am in pain they don't believe how much pain I am in ... The doctors pass my case around no one knows how to really help treat me its been 3 years and nothing has help the pain 12min
  •   nudadesigns Thanks for your inspiration:) 9min

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firedtogetfit Listen up and tag a friend who needs to hear this Are you wanting to give up and quit? Of course you are! Are the workouts going to be hard? Of course they are! But by giving up you are not going to get results. By not giving up you're giving yourself the chance to feel better. You're giving yourself the chance to reach your goals!
When I first started working out I was on the ground crying! I couldn't breath and I couldn't keep up. Four months later I was down nearly 50 pounds. And I just found this week I won $500 from Beachbody for my results.
So don't give up! Keep going! You can do this!!!
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chessie_lynn {{update}} Just went to the urgent care again. They gave me more Phenergan and tordol. They said if the nausea and vomiting persist to go to the ER before I'm severely dehydrated.
I've lost two pounds just from not being able to eat, and my endo pain is horrible. Not to mention this migraine.
If possible please send me positive vibes and prayers
#endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #chronicillness #chronicpain #chronicallyawesome #endoflare #endowarrior #sick #prayers
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  •   kbfelsted This is sooooo me!!!!! XD I live this! 1h
  •   katana_mua I get pain even when I don't have my pd 41min
  •   aaairamgine Hahaha. I'm currently experiencing a second period, two weeks past my last one. And I'm on the pill. I'm so angry about it. I take it at the same time every day, why can't it jist go regular like "everyone else's" >_< 40min
  •   vioooooltje Thnx for making me laugh! 20min

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Normal Leda G
leda_mrsglamourchick I'm ready for a nap. This is day one of a flare up and I'm already knocked off my feet! #EndoSucks #endometriosis #KillerCramps #Colic #HipPain #TroubleBreathing 2h

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Normal Chamié da Mulher
chamieimagemdamulher 41 anos, G1P1, endometriose intestinal (reto) e retrocervical com infiltracao vaginal #endometriose #endometriosis #endometrioseprofunda #infertilidade 2h

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miriamcuate #FBF Exactly a year ago today I had my second surgery for #Endometriosis. Time sure has flown by... I can honestly say I'm better.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
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  •   shanakhan87 Glad to read you're doing better! That's awesome news 2h
  •   miriamcuate @shanakhan87 Emotionally, yes. Health eise, let's just say I'm working on it. Still a battle, but nothing I can't handle anymore. 51min
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Lo-fi Alana-Jayne Moore
lanibear84 March into Yellow challenge is on again this month. I am out on Cocos (Keeling) Islands this time, and will be in search of all that is yellow.
First thing I found in the house I'm house sitting was this. This is how I feel when my tummy hurts... Frustration when it doesn't go away. #endometriosis #awareness #marchintoyellow #endo #endoaust #yellow #angrybird @endometriosisaustralia
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Normal ttclilmcgee
ttclilmcgee We'll...surgery was denied...i knew this was gonna happen! I even tried to deal with this before I had the surgery and was told they wouldn't code it as infertility because let's be honest this isn't just we want a baby...this is my health having endometriosis and a polyp removed is my health...I was in pain!!...but I'm not gonna stress I'm gonna call and make 20 dollar arrangements until I can get all the rest of my medical bills paid off and then we will see where we are at...I'm def. gonna appeal this bad boy! The finances that come along with ttc are drowning me but I'm not going to give up...I will be a mother one day! Rant over #endometriosis#pcos#ttc#infertilitysucks#insurancesucks 3h

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  •   cheyenneskyye I love your account so much. These videos are so amazing 3h
  •   kateanne27 @cheyenneskyye Thank you, love! i'll never stop making them ;) if you have any song ideas...send them my way 2h
  •   g1rlpez Gym class heros , fighter. I listen to it before every surgery. 1h

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Valencia Samantha Bright
samantha_bright Took my mind off the pain whilst the pain killers kicked in. #endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #pain #badday #loom #pretty #bigkid 3h

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chickpea323 The beautiful card I received today from fellow Endo sister Kat! Thank you so much! It really made my day
#endo #endometriosis #endosister #yellowmail #fightlikeagirl #card #post #mail #positive #support
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Normal Caroline Nicholls-Doherty
carolinedoherty75 #instacollage #livelivenourish #lornajane #movenourishbeleive #mnb @lornajaneactive For me #nourishing my mind is where I start every day to #liveloveNourish If my mind is nourished everything else falls into place. Living with a chronic illness means everyday is a struggle so everyday I Choose Happy and go from there. ;D Love Love Love 12h

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healthy_pinup85 Yesterday I came across this and thought no I've never thought that because I've never really taken pity on myself therefore I've never thought about how much I've been through but always thought what step will be next to get my life back on track. This statement isn't about pity it's a very strong statement and made me think that I need to #reflect on things more and be #proud of myself. 5h

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Normal Nikki Hill - Naturopath
nikkibewell Beautiful echinacea growing everywhere in Denmark. I use echinacea root tincture at the first sign of a cold as it helps reduce symptoms. I also prescribe echinacea to my clients with endometriosis as immunological dysfunction maybe a contributing factor. 5h

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chessie_lynn I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for being so negative. I have been having a very rough time. Thank you all so much for your support through my #endometriosis journey.
I love you all
#endometriosisawareness #chronicillness #chronicpain #endowarrior #chronicallyawesome #spoonie #positive #positivity
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  •   mandagooch It's ok love! We all have our days your going to be fine. 1 week till your surgery right ?? :) 4h
  •   chessie_lynn No it's been postponed so we don't know when ): @mandagooch 4h
  •   mandagooch Aww I'm sorry:( hang in there love. All will be ok, the negative days come and go. Your too beautiful & strong to give up ;) xoxo 4h
  •   chessie_lynn Thank you hun @mandagooch 4h
  •   shanakhan87 Trust me, we all have been there. And what's great is that you have EndoSisters to vent to and we completely understand Hope you're getting a little better today 2h
  •   taniamaoz I wish u all the best to getting healthy and strong it must be hard but u have to fight to stay positive 2h
  •   chessie_lynn Thank you sister ! @shanakhan87 1h
  •   chessie_lynn Thank you <3 @taniamaoz 1h

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shapemiaup Puh! Var ett vrak igårkväll så stensomnade vid 24. Vaknade 7 och var som en zombie. Vaknade 10:30 igen. Känner mig fortfarande som en zombie. Skov på ingång vilket känns bra! För vill beta av juli/augusti skovet innan jag börjar jobba igen är ju bara två dagar numera som är brutala. Så inte mig emot att ligga neddrogad över helgen- skall väl ändå regna? Dags att se om celsius kan få liv i mig för denna dag iaf #celsius #celsiussverige #endometrios #endometriosis #skov #oxycontin #painlikehell #pain 6h

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