Hello there and welcome. Let me briefly introduce myself to you. My name’s Emmanuelle and I live in the wonderful city of Zürich, Switzerland, together with my husband. After being together for 5 years, my love popped the question on the most spectacular beach of the Galapagos Islands and we got married in 2017 in the heart of Italy. Practically since the day of our marriage, we are trying to have a baby. It didn’t really seem to happen very fast and after medical tests and already having some suspicion, in March 2019, I was officially diagnosed with endometriosis… which changed my life quite a bit.
I suffered from period pain, since I was 16, which was getting worse and worse, as time went by. At the age of 34, I arrived at a point where I was having bowel problems, for at least 10 days a month. I could be having loose stool 3-4 days before my period, cramps during period and I was constipated up to 4-5 days after my period ended. Numerous doctor Appointments, medical consultations and hospital visits, unfortunately were useless. Everyone said, it was normal to suffer from pain during our period… and I believed it.
At 35, after a horrible IVF cycle which led to an endometriosis-outburst, I finally received a correct diagnosis and had an emergency surgery. Whilst the surgery removed a lot of my endo, during surgery I suffered some nerve damage, which still causes pain when I sit. Almost a year later, endo returned already and I had surgery for the second time. I still find it very hard to accept, that there are still many women who have to go through this and I really hope we can all help raising awareness about our illness by speaking up.
I am always surprised how little is known about endometriosis and this inspired me to start writing a blog about it. My goal is to provide information and tips for other ‘Endo-Friends and to raise awareness about endometriosis. I will share stories about how I found out I have endometriosis, share some facts and inform you about the different options you have when you get diagnosed.
On the other hand, I will tell stories about our experiences as a couple (sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, sometimes exciting) in our journey to try and get pregnant. From new tools, diets, sexual positions or medical devices, which should help us making babies faster. 🙂 Sometimes, we forget to see the humour of certain situations, but in fact, if you would look at it from a distance, it’s actually quite funny. I guess many of you, who are trying to become pregnant will probably recognize some of the situations and you might even get some tips.
I hope my blog will indeed help to raise awareness about our illness and I also hope you will enjoy reading it. If you want to get in touch with comments, feedback, questions or just to say ‘hi’, you are more than welcome to reach out.