The Bloody Truth About Endometriosis

My name is Tess Olson and I have a chronic illness. When I was twenty years old, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis, six years after I got my first period. Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus grows in other places, such as your fallopian tubes, your ovaries, the outside of your uterus, and on your abdominal organs. This can cause problems with fertility, severe cramping, back pain, longer periods lasting more than seven days, heavy menstrual flow, migraines, and pain during sexual activities.

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To love or not to love?

It was May of 2017 when I first found out I would be getting a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line. I didn’t want to tell my partner, fearing it would change the dynamic we had. I vividly remember telling myself in the mirror, “nobody’s going to love you with a PICC line”, and fully believing my reflection. There were nights when I would sob in my pillow, wishing this wasn’t my reality, praying for magic that could turn me into a healthy 21-year-old.

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While the World Goes Back to Work, I Go Back to Chronic Migraine

While much of the world jumps back into a work and school routine, I’m left after the holidays to pick up the pieces of my health, managing flared symptoms and resuming my treatment protocol.

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A Letter From Hannah

In the past few months, I’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received with Chronically Capable. A year ago today, I would have laughed if someone told me I’d be telling the world about my fight with Lyme disease. Yet, here I am, practicing the art of vulnerability every single day, sharing my story and my mission.

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A Letter From Your Colleague

“I’m coughing up blood so I have two friends coming now to check on me. Most likely going to the hospital tonight. My mom told me to let someone know and I don’t want to make it a ‘thing’ I’m fine.”

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196 Pills Per Week

My days started out with 14 pills, a shot in my stomach, and a 24 oz drink that tastes like dish soap... I’d work 9-6, try to see friends after, and then go home to do my nightly routine, which consisted of your regular household tasks. Then I’d take another 14 pills, and go to sleep. I did this for six months and managed to still smile, for the most part.

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