Don’t Just Stare at Me, See Me

Have you ever seen the commercial that goes, “Don’t just stare at me, see me!” Usually I laugh at that statement, as it sounds ridiculous; I never understood the concept of seeing someone without seeing them. But lately, I’m beginning to realize the truth.

As I get older and still experience horrible menstrual cycles, pms, and anxiety, I find myself being defined by my symptoms. Lately, especially during the pandemic, I find others seeing my chronic illnesses but not seeing me. Whenever I’m emotional or upset, they jump to the conclusion that it’s related to endo/adeno. And sometimes, they might be right. But other times, most of the time, I’m just me.

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