After 2 years of fainting, pain and weight loss my sister was finally taken into hospital and underwent a laparoscopy. In June 2012 my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. Following the surgery the doctors immediately started Zoladex, a drug which puts the body into medicated menopause. After 6 months of mood swings, personal summers and insomnia they changed the medication to depo provera which only worked for a period of 3 weeks before the pain returned.
After consultation with the doctor they decided they wanted to try for a family. Jessica was due to get married the following month and head overseas for their honeymoon, this was a really exciting time for them. A new adventure was going to start.
After returning from their honeymoon and starting their consultation with their specialists everything started to come crashing down. The endometriosis had grown!
Feeling as though they were back to square one it began again… Chlomid for six months was introduced. 50 mgs to begin and up to 150mg in the end to induce ovulation and help the body prepare for the next step. After 6 months, August 2013 they were advised that a natural pregnancy was out of the question and IVF was the final step.
Another 3 months of Zoladex and many emotional challenges, their dreams started to feel closer to a possible reality. They are now in the process of going through IVF, this will be the second cycle. Unfortunately as every month passes the endometriosis grows and the specialists have advised that within 6 months or after the pregnancy is achieved another laparoscopy is on the cards. There is no cure for this monster!
This is why I am supporting March into Yellow. After watching my sister struggle through this I want to help and do my part! Whilst I cannot heal her I can show my support by standing up and spreading awareness of this terrible disease.
Help me help her and everyone who suffers with endometriosis by sponsoring my March into Yellow campaign. You can do this by making a donation as I take on the challenge to wear something yellow every day for the month of March or by attending our Afternoon Tea on March 22, 2014.
For more information on the Afternoon Tea please send me an email.