Mayhem is the only word that I can think of that gives you, my readers, a description of what my reproductive life has been. At the age of 11, I began my Period. I wish I could say it was a wonderful introduction to the euphoric journey into womanhood but, I CAN’T!
From it’s beginning to present day, my menstrual cycle and every bodily function associated with it or impacted by it has wreaked utter havoc in my life, talk about a downward spiral. For most girls, the dawning of her period is the manifestation of her ability to contribute to God’s divine design for mankind, to keep bloodlines thriving and birth nations. Sadly, for those like me, starting my cycle was the first indication that I wouldn’t be as “normal” as I looked. For those like me, the Reproductive Years is a time of turmoil. The irregular periods, the excruciating pain, living with the unknown, pregnancy problems, and the seemingly elusive diagnosis; it can be a struggle.
For almost 20 years I’ve lived with illnesses of my reproductive system; PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Adenomyosis to be specific. Because of the lessons that I have learned from my experiences with “female problems” I felt compelled to not only become an advocate for women but to help educate others who may be going through similar situations with their bodies. My main message is, “it is NOT a woman’s lot in life to live with excessively painful periods!” Forget what you’ve heard about Eve or what you were told by your aunties, your period shouldn’t be crippling. If your cramps can’t be controlled by over the counter medication, you need to see a doctor immediately.
It is my mission to empower women who live life with reproductive illnesses. I want them to understand that they aren’t alone and that they can live life well, even with illness. Being ill may be a part of you but it is not who you are.