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Growing up with pain – Georgia’s story

My name is Georgia, I’m 14 years old and I suffer with endometriosis. It started with just cramps everyday, back pain, nausea, heavy periods, headaches and dizziness. It started getting a lot worse, so we went to doctors, and a gynaecologist. This went on for about a year, in and out of hospitals, and the pain kept getting me more depressed everyday because I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with getting a diagnosis. I started to think all this pain was in my head.

My anxiety was getting worse because I stayed in my room pretty much all day. I missed so much of my last year of Primary School and didn’t want to go anywhere. I didn’t see my fiends much either.

A doctor then referred me to a new gynaecologist – one who understood about pelvic pain. When I walked out of my first appointment with her, it was like a breath of fresh air, even for my mum. We finally got a plan in place and I had my first laparoscopy, I got a mirena in as well. I was really glad that I had a diagnosis, because living with chronic pain everyday and not being diagnosed really gets you down. People think ‘she doesn’t look sick. Why isn’t she at school?’

At first that really go to me because I cared so much what people thought of me but now it doesn’t even cross my mind, because I know that I’m in pain, it’s just invisible. Because of this experience, I feel like I’ve matured a lot, I am finally getting my anxiety handled and I feel like I am getting my life back on track and that is all thanks to my doctor and my mum.

I just hope that other teenagers out there that have symptoms like mine get some help because it really does get you down and there is help and support. Don’t live a life in pain, being a teenager is hard enough!

These drawings show me and my pain. The first one is me as I was, tied up by my pain and anxiety. The second one is me now. I still have some pain, but when it’s only this big, I can handle it.