For me, lists are fairly apparent in my life – to do lists, achievement lists and symptom lists (of course!) and I love reading articles that are lists. Some of the best I’ve read are related to how life was in the 90’s (when I was younger) or about school, but any that relate to chronic illness are just so relatable.
Being that Endometriosis is my longest-standing diagnosis (you can read more about it here, as well as my Endometriosis story), I’ve come into contact with a lot of comments that make me roll my eyes and just keep my mouth quiet (otherwise my response might not be appreciated!)
Here are some of the best I’ve had;
- Yeah I think I’ve got that, because my periods are heavy and painful too!
- Isn’t that just heavy periods?
- Periods are painful for everyone, so you’re not that special.
- I don’t want to talk about your menstrual problems…
- Surely you only get symptoms once a month?
- I don’t get why you get periods throughout your cycle…
- It can’t be that painful.
- I can’t believe you have time off work for your period…
- Why did you need to go to A&E/hospital/GP? All women get periods and they don’t go there all the time.
- Period pain is normal. End of.
- Why do you need strong pain relief for something that is just pain relief?
- You just had surgery, so why aren’t you better?
- You’re having you (insert number) surgery? Are you sure you don’t just like the attention?
- You need to get pregnant because then you will be cured.
- So…are you planning on having a baby yet then?
- Why did you need surgery to be diagnosed? My (insert appropriate family or friend or colleague here) just used Google and her GP agreed.
- Why can’t you just take hormones?
- So you can’t ever be cured then?
- I don’t see how your periods can be that bad…
- So are you fertile or what?
To read more articles in this series;