As this is the last day of Endometriosis Awareness Month, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect:
- My surgery on 2nd March found no active Endometriosis. OK, I have to say that I’m unhappy with a new diagnosis but at least I know what the problem is and am better prepared for another fight.
- My surgery on 2nd March gave me the perfect excuse to talk about Endometriosis with people with whom I wouldn’t normally talk about my health. I was wary about mentioning my health at the office but felt I had no choice. I wanted to turn my negative into a positive and I think I managed that. I expect some people may treat me differently as a result of my discussions but, as I was displaying symptoms at the office, I felt that people would start to treat me differently negatively if I didn’t. At least this way I am in control of the information and they know I’m doing everything I can to feel healthy.
- Just before my surgery, I had my annual appraisal. I was told that they were very impressed with my efforts over the last year. Since then I’ve been told to expect a significant pay rise and a bonus. I cannot discuss this at work because, due to economic climate, not everyone will be given a pay rise. After the tough year I’ve had at the office, I feel I deserved it and am delighted that they recognise and value my efforts.
- Furthermore at work, I’ve been well looked-after. I merely have to ask and various people have gone out of their way to lift and carry things for me. I feel supported. I am in a nurturing environment. Oh sure, I work hard but after all the places I’ve been, it’s wonderful to feel appreciated.
- I have the constant and wonderful support of my husband. He allows me to be who I am without trying to change me. He supports every decision I make. He never makes me feel guilty when I’m not feeling 100% and is great at helping when I need it. I am stronger with him.