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Can Severe Endometriosis Be More Painful Than Cancer?

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From Cancer to Severe Endometriosis

By Nicole Malachi, Special to Everyday Health
Fast forward six years. I was in the hospital, yet again, unable to move from paramount nausea and paralyses pain. The agony I felt was torturous — the violent stabbing, the feeling of metal nails scratching my insides, an intense migraine and frequent vomiting.I felt alone, in the dark. It was as if my body had turned on me, and now my mind was threatening to do the same.I lost my dignity and felt ashamed as everyone watched me writhing in pain: pain, I should add, that was not from the cancer, but from the Severe Endometriosis with which I had only recently been diagnosed.After dealing with cancer, I wasn’t prepared to deal with the difficulty of another illness. And yet having two illnesses opened my mind, tremendously, to the vast difference between how one is treated, depending on the diagnosis.

With cancer, a patient’s feelings of pain and depression are completely validated and viewed as being a normal and appropriate byproduct of the disease.Those who suffer from cancer are looked upon as strong, warrior-like in their coping abilities.With cancer, there is no need to justify using pain medication; everyone knows how agonizing and severe cancer is.There are hundreds upon hundreds of support groups for cancer, as well as a plethora of resources and books. When I had cancer, I wore my bald head as a badge of pride, and while people might have stared at me in the streets, the majority of them understood that I had cancer, and they admired my ability to go about my day.

Having cancer caused my doctors, nurses, family members, and friends to want to do everything they could to make me happy and comfortable. After all, I was suffering from a well-known disease that was infamous for its symptoms. No one can dispute how horrible cancer is.

Declaring War on Severe Endometriosis:Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying I would rather have cancer than Severe Endometriosis. I wouldn’t wish either disease on my worst enemy. But there is a very strong message that I am trying to convey here: women with Severe Endometriosis suffer just as much and just as horribly as anyone else with a chronic illness. We suffer from pelvic pain, cramping, chronic fatigue, and irregular and heavy menstrual bleeding. We have a high risk of infertility and increased risk of developing of ovarian cancer.

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