Doctors repeatedly told her that nothing was wrong; no one offered endometriosis as a possible diagnosis. Instead, Jen’s doctors prescribed birth control, antianxiety and antidepressant medications. “I saw over a dozen doctors, and no one could help,” she recalls. “I had every test run that you could think of. My bloodwork always came back normal.”
With seemingly no solutions to her pain, Jen became severely depressed. “I concluded that everybody must deal with this, too, and that I needed to just push past it,” she says. “Eventually, life didn’t seem worth it. But every day, God gave me the strength to choose to breathe, to live a little longer.”
When she met Dr. Yeung, things began to look up. He validated Jen’s years of suffering and worked with her to put together a treatment plan, which included an endometriosis excision and bowel resection to completely remove what turned out to be stage IV endometriosis. Physical therapy and diet and lifestyle changes also contributed to her healing.
Jen’s life is no longer defined by her pain. She and her husband are working on fulfilling her dreams of serving as a tribal missionary. But perhaps the most amazing part of her journey, she says, was welcoming a little boy to the family, almost two years to the day after her surgery. “My body healed so much that I was able to create a new life,” she says.
Jen has an important message to share with other women suffering with endometriosis: “My wish as I share my story is that you can find hope for the healing that is available, hope that there truly are answers for what you’re going through. Make sure you go to a gynecologist who specializes in endometriosis treatment via excision surgery. Most importantly, don’t give up.”