As readers of my blog know, one of my chronic illnesses is endometriosis. In fact, I had a complete hysterectomy at 32 because of it. I had 5 prior laporoscopies and one for adhesions after the hysterectomy. To this day I still suffer from chronic pelvic pain from endometriosis as well as other conditions. I feel qualified to talk about this issue at length because I have lived it since I was 17 years old. I feel for any woman of any age who has endometriosis, but it is especially brutal when you are young because in addition to the pain, it often causes infertility. In my case, I had an ectopic pregnancy and was never able to conceive again.
I am watching 'Dancing With The Stars' right now, and one of the youngest professional dancers, Julianne Hough, has been diagnosed with endometriosis and will be having surgery tomorrow to have her appendix removed as a result of it. My heart breaks for her. I believe she is only 20 years old.