Day 6 🙂
Invisible pain results in invisible battles. Behind the smiles are scars that cannot be seen, unless you use a laparoscope.
Kawira Rweria is a bubbly warrior, who I e-met (can we take a moment and thank the Lord for the internet) last year at one of her lowest moments. Seeing her smile is such a joy.
Endo is a thief, but we are slowly but surely reclaiming what it has stolen from us.
My name is Kawira Rweria and I am 32 years old. I work as a customer care officer. Serving God and people makes me happy.
Where it all begunI started my periods at the age of ofurteen. I was confused but still excited because in my thinking I was finally a young woman. I was all grown and in the same level with all of my agemates who had started their menses way before I had. After two months, my periods disappeared for over 6 months. When they resumed they were heavy and a little painful.When I was nineteen the pain became worse. I was in pain during ovulation, and during the periods the pain would have me lying in fetal position on the floor. I was taken to the hospital and I was told its normal for some girls to have painful periods and that the pain would go away when I am older or when I get a baby. (I am rolling my eyes right now.)Finally, a diagnosisFast forward to 2017 when I first heard the name Endometriosis. ‘Endo what?’ I thought to myself.I was diagnosed with stage 4 Endometriosis last year. After the surgery I was put on on Visanne, the side effects were worse than I expected and I was discontinued. I was then put on Yasmin. After my second/third operation in the same year, i was put on Zoladex (code word for medically induced menopause.)The ChallengesEndo has robbed me of my happiness, my energy due to the chronic fatigue, I have lost a few friends who do not understand why I can’t hang out or see them when they want. I have missed work a couple of times due to pain. I am mostly physically, mentally and emotionally drained by the pain.I have had to change my diet, I cut out all dairy products, I struggled giving up wheat, but I have recently made progress (doing a happy dance). Red meat, however, is my undoing (napenda nyama sana).My biggest challenge is lack of energy, fatigue, the constant pelvic pain not to mention the side effects of the hormonal drugs.The lessons I have picked along the wayI have learned to be strong because being strong is the only option I have. I have learned to mask my pain and put a smile. I have put all my trust in God.My word of encouragement to women with endo is, You are not alone! We are all here together for each other. If you are out there alone and in pain, please join the Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya WhatsApp group or the Facebook group.The thorns present in the rose bushes do not hinder the roses from flowering and becoming beautiful.Finally, I tend to think of endo in the Bible context as it is in the story of Job. God does not give you a burden too hard to bear, thus we will overcome this. We are warriors.