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endometriosis, endometriosis surgeon, endometriosis surgery, robotics surgery
endometriosis, endometriosis surgeon, endometriosis surgery, robotics surgery

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Endometriosis Is a Social Justice Issue
by Jhumka Gupta

When Arielle* reflects on her teen years, she remembers loving school, but also the dread of knowing she would miss 2-3 days every month and feel like an outcast for that very reason. In some parts of the developing world, young girls miss 8-24 days of school due to menstruation, largely due to societal norms that stigmatize menstruation and lack of access to sanitary napkins. But Arielle grew up in New Jersey, and she missed so much school because she suffers from endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a debilitating chronic illness estimated to affect 5 million women in the United States alone. It occurs when cells similar to the lining of a woman's uterus exist in other parts of her body. These misplaced cells bleed, cause inflammation, and can bind organs together. While "killer menstrual cramps" are the most common symptom, the disease can wreak havoc on other areas of the body including the intestines, diaphragm, nerves and lungs. Endometriosis can lead to debilitating knife-like pain, organ dysfunction, pregnancy complications, and infertility.

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Kyota's Story

Words cannot explain the endearment that I have in my heart for you and your staff. The love, patience, and serenity that I experienced while under your care. I am a 35-year-old African American woman living in Texas. I am a single parent of three beautiful children ages 16, 13, and 11. In 2009 I started experiencing a change in my cycles. It went from three to seven days with a lot more abdominal pain. I felt that I was just getting older and it was just a change in my body so I accepted that reasoning and thought nothing of it. As time passed the pain became more and more intense. At this point I knew that something was going on. I would have flare-ups and could not do anything but ball up and cry on the floor. I could not move. I went to my OBGYN and she told me “it’s just a heavy cycle” or “you’re just getting older” or “the pain is just in your head”. REALLY???

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Maria's Story

My name is Maria and I live in NYC. I'm 37-years old, and a speech, language and hearing pathologist with a dream of one day becoming a physicians assistant. I got my first period at age 13. However, unlike all my friends, I had awful pain and a lot of bleeding. No one could ever relate to me, so I learned to just live with the pain, the bleeding, and kept quiet so I would not be ostracized from my friends.

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Candie's Testimonial
Candie’s period was miserable from the moment it started and the severe pain she felt got worse and worse with every passing year. About 4 or 5 years after her first period, Candie noticed that her ovaries were so swollen that she could actually feel them from the outside of her body. 

Candie went to multiple gynecologists and each one told her that it was “all in her head” and her symptoms, which now included painful ovulation, were all normal. Candie kept insisting that something was very wrong and after much persistence she was able to get an ultrasound that showed that she had cysts in each ovary. She was referred to a self-proclaimed “endometriosis specialist.”

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Elisa's Testimonial

My name is Elisa and I am 32 years old. I work as a nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. I was not diagnosed with Endometriosis until May of 2014 when I came to see Dr. Seckin. I had gotten my period at 12, and from what I remember, it was “normal” – heavy, but not painful. The only other Endo symptom I had at that time was some pretty bad anxiety.

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Train Concert Raises $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Tony-award winning actress Laura Benanti emcees event; Endometriosis Foundation of America, co-founded by Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi present fellowship award

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Carlene’s Story
I am a 44-year-old female. I was experiencing irregular periods, with heavy hemorrhaging for about a year. Considering my age, I assumed I was going through the onset of menopause. However, aside from the hemorrhaging and menstrual irregularity, I started experiencing pelvic pain. The pelvic pain that I experienced felt like a dull period cramp that never went away. I shrugged it off and tried to continue my daily routine. Unfortunately, the pelvic pain became more severe and sometimes the acute pain would last 30 minutes. I knew something was seriously wrong. This was not menopause. I started to think I might have ovarian or uterine cancer.

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Hobby Lobby Vs. Endometriosis Patients

The latest Supreme Court decision will leave some endometriosis patients in a lurch, as their employers decide what medication patients can and cannot have based on religious beliefs, leaving yet more hurdles for endometriosis patients to face.

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ENDOSTRONG Patient of the Week:Evelyn's Story

Evelyn’s period was horrible from the first time she had it. From the ages of 12-17, Evelyn experienced horrific cramps that were so bad, they once caused her to pass out at school. Her gynecologists kept telling her that this terrible pain she was experiencing was just a part of being a woman. At the age of 18, she was put on the birth control pill to try and alleviate her cramps. The pill did alleviate her cramps, but created a host of other problems for her, including mood swings, nausea and bloating. Despite these effects, she stayed on the pill for almost 10 years.

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