My name is Michelle and I’m a journalist. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in mid-2016 after a Hawaii gynecologist performed a exploratory laparoscopic procedure to view inside my abdomen. He used a laser to cauterize endo implants, lesions and cysts in my abdomen, a procedure known as ablation.
The diagnosis came many years after I first began to experience endo symptoms, which included heavy bleeding during menstrual cycles, excruciating pain that would interfere with school and work, digestion issues, pain during intercourse and hormonal imbalances.
In February 2018, I went to a Houston endometriosis specialist to get an excision surgery, the best treatment money can buy for endo. Today, I balance work, life, love and play, while still making time for myself.