You think you can hurt me? I have endometriosis, adenomyosis, MLB2 deficiency, and IBS
There’s a trend currently going around on the social media platform TikTok where people post a traumatic reason as to why they are strong enough to withstand anything. These reasons span from terrible life experiences to horrific losses of loved ones. The more posts that I see, the more I want to post about my chronic pain.
It’s so true: not much phases me because my life is a chronic up and down hill battle. I’m my 23 years of life, I’ve faced 3 surgeries, internal exams as a teenager, MRIs, CAT scans, birth controls, injections, horrible medical professionals, and poor diagnoses. As I’ve written before, each one of these has left a permanent scar (either physically or metaphorically).
I’ve faced all of that and still find the courage to hold a full-time job, help others, and support my family. There are so many days when I want the world to understand how daunting those basic tasks can be.
As bad as those experiences have been, they’ve also been apart of shaping the person I am today. I wouldn’t be the mature, thoughtful, good listening friend, colleague, and teacher that I’m known to be.