Endometriosis 101

Hey guys! Today we are going to be talking about a couple of “diseases”; Endometriosis and Endometrial Cancer. These two things combined is what took my aunt from this world, so I want everyone, especially females, to be educated on this.

Endometriosis is “a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus”. This means that the tissue can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or on the intestines. There are a ton of symptoms that go with this, so everyone better listen up!

The symptoms include, and are not limited to;

pain in the lower abdomen, lower back, pelvis, rectum, or vagina

pain during sexual intercourse, or while defecating

abnormal menstruation, heavy menstruation, irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, or spotting

constipation

nausea

abdominal fullness or cramping

infertility

The treatments that are used for this are:

hormones

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excision surgery

laparoscopic surgery

electrosurgery

cauterization (medical practice or technique of burning off a part of the body to remove or close off a part of it)

ablation (the surgical removal of body tissue)

electrocoagulation (a radio frequency diathermy or short wave electrolysis, which is a technique used for wash water treatment, wastewater treatment, industrial processed water, and medical treatment)

endometrial ablation (procedure that destroys the uterine lining)

There are more than 200,00 cases per year in the United States, and they all require a medical diagnosis. It’s a treatable disease by a medical professional. Lab tests and imaging are often required to figure out the diagnosis. This disease can be chronic and can last for years or be a lifelong thing. This mainly affects women who have their period (ages 14 through 60), and sometimes affects those younger or older than this age range (ages 6 through 13 and 60 and up).

Now when it comes to endometrial cancer, it’s another story. It’s a type of cancer that begins in the lining of the uterus. There are more than 200,000 cases per year, which mainly occur in women after 55. It’s treatable by a medical professional, but it requires a medical diagnosis. To reach that diagnosis, there is often lab tests of imaging required.

Symptoms of endometrial cancer include;

abnormal vaginal bleeding

bleeding after menopause or between periods

pelvic pain

pain during sex

or no symptoms at all

Treatments to endometrial cancer include;

radiation

hormone therapy

chemotherapy

laparotomy (surgical incision into the abdominal cavity)

hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)

lymphadenectomy (surgical removal of one or more groups of lymph nodes)

laparoscopic surgery (modern surgical technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions elsewhere in the body)

salphingo ophorectomy (surgical removal of a fallopian tube or an ovary)

retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (procedure to remove abdominal lymph nodes to treat testicular cancer, as well as help establish its exact stage and type)

brachytherapy (treatment of cancer, especially prostate cancer, by the insertion of radioactive implants directly into the tissue)

Cancer is not something to joke about, and it’s not something that should be ignored. Cancer survivors are heros. They are the strongest people you will ever meet. They have not only beat it, but they will continue to fight it every day. Once you get cancer, it is not just gone. It is never gone. It is always with you, hiding, waiting, watching. It will strike again one day, or maybe it won’t. No one ever really knows. It could take them out, or it could just be a memory. They fight it every day, and never get the acknowledgement they deserve.

With that being said, this post is dedicated to those who are survivors. Those who fight against this evil beast every day.

This post is dedicated to those who have fought it and lost. You put up a good fight, and you will always be our hero’s. Not a day will go by that you will not be missed, and not a day will go by that you won’t be remembered. You fought your heart out, and we love you for that.

This post is dedicated to those who stick by the side of those fighting the beast. Watching as they deteriorate away into almost nothing. Watching as their hair falls out day by day, until they are left with nothing. Watching as their loved ones lose or win against the worlds greatest enemy.

This post is dedicated to those who stuck by the side of those fighting until they lost. You are just as strong as them. You cleaned their wounds, you held their hand through treatments, and you were beside them every step of the way.

This is for my mamaw, who I miss everyday. We love you, and you are always here. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you, or mention you. I love you mamaw. -Always have, and always will. 11-17-2010 ❤

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You can beat it. You can win. You will win. Stay strong, and keep going. We love you and we are all routing for you!

(All information in this post was brought to you by Mayo Clinic)

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