Well, hello there.
I am not sure if you knew this about me, you probably didn’t, but my whole life I had what everyone, even doctors, called Bad Periods.
Mystery symptoms since I was 14 years old from deep chronic pelvic pain, to incredible fatigue, bowel issues and more.
Turns out those Bad Periods are real.
And they have an actual name: endometriosis.
Soon after I launched MeghanSAYS, I found myself with worsening pelvic pain after a surgery that August to remove two fibroids. I didn’t know it at the time, but the surgeon did what’s called fulguration – a fancy name for burning – on my insides. And he didn’t remove my endometriosis.
Fast forward six months, I found an endometriosis specialist and had a second surgery. This time I had wide excision surgery and he removed all my endometriosis, even confirming it with pathology reports.
When I tell you the large exhale that validation gave me – I wouldn’t be underestimating if I said it felt like the biggest exhale of my life.
Finally there was a name for what I had for the past thirty years.
When I started to research why it took so long for me to get a diagnosis, I unravelled a tale of clinical gender bias, dark ages gynecological medicine – what I call the gyro ghetto” – and DES, the first endocrine disruptor given to humans and animals.
I still love shoes, but I’m turning more of my energy these days towards telling my story in hopes it will help others.