I've written a lot of content before this article that covered mostly the topic of entrepreneurship. Articles about branding, business, social media, content development, and savvy tips can be found in all 17 articles published to this website BEFORE this one RIGHT HERE. I don't know why it took me so long to get to this place. My place, my space, my lane... But here I am so here it is.
For 7 years, I've been "India, The Digital Content Maven". The one who's given away all the deets on managing your brand like a boss online. All the while, I never noticed how much I was limiting myself from sharing all the things that make me more than an entrepreneur. I'm a mom, a survivor, a socialite, a believer in the most high, an activist, a creative, and a super bada** millennial. So when I disappeared for nearly 5 months, I thought my followers deserved an explanation.
There's so many parts of my life I've wanted to share openly with my audience, but I've been so afraid and embarrassed. So here is my start...
I have endometriosis.
A very painful disorder in which the tissue that normally lines a woman's uterus (the endometrium) grows outside the uterus.
The feeling resembles labor pains (no fluff) that literally take my breath away. They are constant, relentless and can last up to 10-20 days out a month. They sometimes send me to the ER (more times than often). My doctors have prescribed me pain killers, but even with those the side effects of feeling irritable, nauseous, and the possibility of getting addicted is more than too much for me to handle.
In the endo community, we call our lives "A Life of Pain". And it's not just the labor-like contractions that disable us.
Two months ago, I was in so much pain that I began to get frustrated with my gynecologist. I was experiencing more pain than usual and for some reason he didn't see it as necessary to be as concerned as I was about this new, blunt, debilitating, and forceful pain that was affecting my way of life. With my mind made up on getting rid of the pain once and for all, I left my OBGYN of 3 years and returned to my previous OBGYN. Their office was over 50 miles away, but I was determined and desperate for someone to tell me what was going on inside of my body.
Upon the first appointment, they solved the riddle. The new pain was due to tissue blocking my uterus. That something was scar tissue from a LEEP procedure in 2015 that MY OBGYN of 3 years failed to see! Talk about PISSED!
I WAS LIVID!
The LEEP Procedure was performed on me due to cancerous cells found on my cervix. I talk about my struggle during this time in my life in my newest book, "DOPE. NERDY. AMBITIOUS.", so if you'd like to read more GET THE BOOK HERE!
My new, but previous OBGYN diagnosed me with Hematometra. It's basically when blood and tissue is trapped in your uterus. (I know ew, but I'm trying to be honest here.) My uterus was closed for 3 years. I never knew it was closed because I was convinced the birth control shot was my savior for endometriosis; it helps manage the pain by eliminating the cause... periods. Without having a menstrual cycle, I was oblivious. And due to the negligence from my OB, I was lost and confused. (Yes, I'm suing him.)
My doctor scheduled me for surgery and after 3 failed attempts, they were finally able to open a canal from the cervix to the uterus for me successfully. This brings me here today.
It's been a week since surgery and I'm feeling HELLA' BETTA'! There's pain of course, but it's bearable. I've already noticed how much life and energy I have now compared to a week ago.
I opened up to you all about this because I know I'm not the only one with this disorder. I have over 40,000 subscribers and followers. I would think that a good amount of the women on my platform have this same disorder. Today, I am opening up the door for you to share a piece of your endo journey too. If you're a little shy or embarrassed, it's okay.
Feel free to shoot me an email at HelloDopeness@gmail.com. There's also a really DOPE online community I found a few months ago with TONS of other Endo Sisters who are enduring the same thing. Visit www.MyEndomentriosisTeam.com to connect and join my endo team here.
I'm sure you're still wondering, "What is Hello Dopeness now without all of the articles about entrepreneurship?" Today and everyday after, HD is STILL about entrepreneurship and business, but it's also about lifestyle, spirituality, family, relationships, and more!
Hello Dopeness isn't gone... it was just enhanced.