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Gabriella – Endometriosis

One in nine women have endometriosis, and it takes on average 5 years to be diagnosed (plus all the medical bills).

Meet Gabriella. She’s battled with painful symptoms since her early 20’s – sharp pain from her lower back down to her heels, sometimes so bad she would be lying on the waiting room floor begging for pain relief. After eight years of moving from doctor to doctor, she was diagnosed with endometriosis, which is something that is still soooooo hard to diagnose.  

After surgery, they found endo inside her left ovary, bowel, left abdomen, lower pelvic region, and all around the sciatic nerve. And some said it was all in her heard (urgh). 

Endometriosis affects one in 9 women and those who identify as gender diverse. It’s a condition where tissue similar to what lines the uterus, grows in other areas of the body, especially the pelvis. These cells  grow and form lesions or patches that bleed and leak fluid in response to your hormones when you’re on your period, which leads to inflammation and scarring.

Gab is so strong and really pushed through to find the right specialists to get her the answers. She’s still waiting on her second surgery as her pain has come back but is in a good place managing the pain. 

Ash x

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“All up, I’ve probably spent about $20K on all my appointments, medication and ongoing treatment.

 

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Due to COVID and lockdowns Gab hasn’t been able to have her next operation to remove her new leisons. For the time being she is looking at alternative ways to manage her symptoms (the podcast spills the beans).