Day 24: Surgery #theendophotochallenge2018
I had my first (ablation...I didn't know any better) surgery in 2012, second (excision) 2013 (top pictures), third (excision) 2014. After each one my endometriosis came back within five months.
I was at the end of my options and desperately needed help as I could barely move for the pain.
I then had total peritoneal excision surgery in march 2016. It was such a tough surgery and my very skilled surgeon removed the top layer (minimum) from my entire peritoneal cavity and the organs inside of it. This is to make sure that all invisible/microscopic endometriosis is removed and the endo will not return. I had my ovaries suspended (bottom right photo) to stop adhesions but the suspensions were gruesome and agonising. I can only describe the recovery as "hell". I wouldn't put my worst enemy through it. However, it has worked. I have adenomyosis and interstitial cystitis so my current pain is from that but my endometriosis pain has gone. Unfortunately this may only last four/five years.
Am I glad I had it done? Yes. Would I put myself through it again? Probably not. Would I recommend it for women who can't cope with their endo? Yes.
Please know that this is not a cure, and is not guaranteed to work. It is a major surgery (mine was six hours) with a daunting and painful recovery. I wouldn't want any of you to decide on this operation without the facts.
If any of you want to talk about surgery in general or TPE surgery, feel free to message.
The first girl I've deeply connected with over the years and now to realise we're endo sisters...... the world works in funny ways. Michelle and i are so determined to create awareness on Endometriosis in our town (And all over the world!) And to be able to shoot with my muse and bond EVEN more over a disease we both have is just mind blowing and we're going to knock your socks off. It's nearing the end of March and #endometriosisawarenessmonth month but we will never stop pushing for women to have a voice and if something doesn't feel right, to investigate, even when others don't believe in you! Keep fighting, and keep watch. Any women who are pre or post diagnosis and want to join me on this creative journey please PLEASE contact me 🖤🖤 DM me, email me over at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook, approach me in person! I commend your bravery