"Personally, I was also told by many people, on many different occasions, that the tears of women were a form of manipulation. That nothing would get accomplished through crying and I needed to “suck it up” and “move on.” Move on.
I was continuously told that if I focused on the chronic pain that I experienced, I would waste my life away, never accomplish anything, and regret that time... I began to doubt myself. Maybe they were right; was I crazy, overly-dramatic and making a big deal out of nothing? Maybe I wasn’t even really feeling the pain at all? Maybe I was making it all up for attention? ...But on one occasion, only a few months ago, I had a doctor who stood up, and crossed the room to stand beside me. For the first time, a kind young doctor said something to me that changed my whole narrative. He looked at me, and said, “I believe you.” At the age of 25, I had never yet had a doctor say those words to me. Until that point, my pain was never acknowledged, since there had been no cause for it that they could find on tests, or see in front of their eyes. He admitted he didn’t know how to help, but that he still believed me. Knowing that someone believed me encouraged me for once that maybe, I wasn’t crazy, and that I couldn’t give up." An excerpt from "Endometriosis: Not What The Doctor Ordered"- written by Deena Devora Jacob from BirthBuddy Doula. Full article link in the bio. #endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #chronicpain #believewomen #doctors #femalebody #jewishwomen #lpm #thelayersproject #thelayersprojectmagazine