Having a chronic illness means my life differs on a day-to-day basis. I never know exactly which side of me will present itself. Some days, I am happy and sweet. Others, I hate the world and want everyone to leave me alone. Every morning, I wake up and remind myself to try my hardest to be kind, happy, and patient. But most mornings, reality hits me and all hell breaks loose. I find it hard to be the same girl I was, before being sick was even a thing in my life.
I realized that my actions are not because I do not love the people who are in my life; I do with my whole heart. My actions are not intentional. The problem is my actions are triggered from what is going on inside of my body.
Once upon a time
There was once a time I would laugh at anything. Now, most days, I wear a frown. Cuddling and hugs were my favorites. Now, I cannot stand when people touch me. I used to light up an entire room when I walked in. Now, all you hear are crickets. I am quiet. I do not joke as much. Any romance I once had has slowly started to disappear.
What happened to that girl? Where did she go? How can an illness be so cruel? Why should so many women have to suffer through something like this and watch their world crumble? I look into the mirror searching for that girl I once knew. Yet, that girl is still there staring back at me. She so badly wants to come out, but the illness inside will not let her.
I do not remember
I don’t remember exactly when I left my body and this monster began to take over. I have always been an anxious yet moody person. Aren’t we all, at some point in our lives? Then, I could control it. Now, it is as if I cannot control my actions. Things I used to love and enjoy have become distant memories. Most days are a struggle holding back tears, not getting mad, and trying to stay calm. Most days, I feel insane over the things I cry or get angry about. It is hard for me to understand when someone is joking with me. I have become extra sensitive.
I worry too much about what others are saying, thinking, and feeling about me. I constantly feel as though someone is taking a jab at me, even if that is not the case. My hormones feel as though they are broken. I feel stuck in a teenager’s body and I cannot get out. I never know if I am going to laugh, cry, or spiral out of control. Anxiety begins to spike and I tend to show it through anger. This is something I will touch upon in another column.
Endometriosis is so much more than just pain. It truly is a monster in our bodies waiting for the perfect moment to attack. This becomes difficult because I do not think people truly understand that I am not able to control my emotions. I cannot simply just relax when I am angry. That is not how my body is tuned. Endometriosis does not just affect you physically, but also mentally and emotionally. It becomes tiresome worrying if what you ate or what you did that day is going to cause pain. It is stressful being so exhausted and not being able to fix it with just a nap. Most importantly, it is heartbreaking not knowing if, or when, you are going to snap at someone you love.
The monster inside takes control.
But do you want to know something? I am a warrior. You are a warrior. We ALL are warriors. This illness found each of us because we are fighters and we can fight this, together. Right now may be tough. Later down the road may be tough, but we have to fight this monster and take control again. So for all those suffering with endometriosis, do not give up. For those who have to suffer with us and our monsters, please be patient, be kind, be understanding, and most importantly, be there for us to fall on.
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