Another year has come to an end. A year with lots of events. For most people, the end of the year is the time when they are looking back to see what they have managed to do all year round. Is the time to be grateful for what you have, for your achievements, for what you have accomplished throughout the year, be it small or big things, be it personal or professional. It is the time when people are reflecting on priorities, and perhaps re-arrange them for the next year.
For people with chronic illnesses like endometriosis, every day is pretty much the same. When you have endometriosis your achievement is having a day without being sick. A day when you are normal as the rest of the people. A day when you can enjoy your favorite food without being sick afterward. A day when you can catch up with your friends and family. A day when you don’t get fired from your job due to being off sick. A day when you do not take your usual amount of painkillers. A day when you are not tired and emotionally drained. A day when you are told that you do not look sick and the list goes on.
Despite dealing with all the aforementioned, endometriosis patients always continue to fight. They continue to help others despite themselves not being well, they continue to raise awareness, they continue to speak about endometriosis and they continue to hope for faster and better care. As one of the most common “invisible” illness, endometriosis is far more than a gynecological disease. Endometriosis affects all aspects of a person’s life and endometriosis patients are often seen as weak, lazy, overreacting, attention seeker and so on. An endometriosis patient is a strong person that continues to fight and all s/he wants is for the medical care to find a cure for endometriosis.
This time of year, Wellborn Endometriosis Centre would like to thank all endometriosis patients for all the things they have done throughout this year. We thank you for being a warrior, for talking to us about your problems, for helping us to spread the word about endometriosis, for watching us, for liking our page(s), for trusting us, for recommending us, for reading our posts, for supporting our activity and for many other reasons, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We thank you for giving to endometriosis charities, for raising awareness, for not giving up, for being part of the online communities, for telling us what we can do to improve things, for sharing your story, for being so brave, for supporting other endometriosis patients, for all the great things that you have achieved for the endometriosis patients, for having an all-inclusive language, for speaking up, for educating others, for being respectful of others, for motivating us to do better, for showing us what means to be strong, for reshaping the endometriosis care system, for taking action on wrong information, for being the best and for many many more great achievements.
Dear endometriosis patient, do not forget how great and amazing you are, be proud of scars, is the sign of your battles, do not let other people’s opinions upset you, and continue to fight until you get the care that you need.