Meet our #EndoPerthSister Candice.
'I decided I couldn't give up, I knew there had to be a way out of this pain. I began researching surgeon’s specific to endometriosis, I joined endometriosis support groups on Facebook and I asked as many questions as I could. That's when I came across Dr Sinervo, the man that was about to change my life.'
Candice is a member of our closed Facebook support group and is kindly volunteering her time to sit on our panel at our upcoming event 'Support Group Meeting - Special Guest Panel (EndoTravel)' She will be sharing her story and answering questions.
Hi, my name is Candice, I'm 34 years old, I'm from England but I've lived in Perth for almost 10 years.
At the age of 13 I began to struggle with debilitating period pain. I attended numerous doctors and hospital appointments, however my condition was never diagnosed. Instead I was sent away with pain killers, contraceptive pill etc. I was asked about my mental health, and if I could be "imagining" my pain. I even started to question myself for some time, then the pain would hit and there was no way in the world that this pain was in my head!
I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis by a doctor in Perth. Initially she was reluctant to perform a laparoscopy, telling me "we probably won't find anything". I was adamant that I wanted to find out as I was sure I had endometriosis.
The laparoscopy confirmed I had "severe" endometriosis in many places, including my ovaries, uterus, bladder and bowel, amongst others. The surgeon didn't remove any of the endometriosis as she did not feel confident to do so, due to the extent of the disease.
I had two other surgeries to remove the endometriosis. I felt some relief after both surgeries, however the relief was short lived, and within a few months the pain began to come back.
At the end of 2013, I felt the worst than ever. I had to drag myself to work, and would often be sent home because I was too unwell. I felt sick almost every day and I was worried that I couldn't go on for much longer. This feeling was so hard for me, I'm such a positive and happy person, but I was losing myself, I was done.
I decided I couldn't give up, I knew there had to be a way out of this pain. I began researching surgeon’s specific to endometriosis, I joined endometriosis support groups on Facebook and I asked as many questions as I could. That's when I came across Dr Sinervo, the man that was about to change my life.
I made contact with Dr Sinervo's office in Atlanta. The staff were amazing, kind, helpful and understanding. Dr Sinervo called me to discuss things further, I knew that he was the surgeon I wanted to help me.
I immediately put the wheels in motion to get to Atlanta. I booked the date for surgery, and with the help of friends and family and access to my superannuation, I saved enough money to make it happen.
In November 2014 I travelled to Atlanta for surgery. I went alone, and it was one of the most amazing experiences, that has changed my life in so many ways. Three years on and I'm still feeling great, happy and healthy.
I look forward to sharing my experience with you all.