Anna and Téa Fight Endometriosis Story
GiveForward is motivated by all of the amazing people who tell their stories looking for help on our site, and by those who support and provide help. Anna is someone who turned to GiveForward looking for help for her daughter, Téa, who is dealing with multiple forms of endometriosis. She agreed to share her endometriosis story with us, and to provide motivation for others dealing with disease, to keep moving forward and keep fighting.
Anna shared, “Téa is my daughter and the oldest of five siblings. She is quite outspoken and has a take charge personality. Her sense of humor is infectious & her laughter fills the room creating an atmosphere of joy-that can lift even the darkest of moods. In 2014 she was diagnosed with Thoracic Endometriosis along with Pelvic Endo & Diaphragmatic Endometriosis. She has endured multiple surgeries and surgical procedures without much headway and relief. Her disease is rare and extremely difficult to treat. It is also difficult to find appropriate specialists in this field. That being said, many questions regarding her treatment options and prognosis have gone unanswered, or placed on a “waiting” list. On average, she experiences pain within her chest cavity (left) that requires her to be hospitalized & heavily sedated or on around the clock IV narcotics. This pain lasts for 5-7 days. She has seizures and temporary paralysis during these pain attacks. She has been homebound (sophomore year of high school) & missed out on countless activities such as Prom, Student Council, or her sibling’s birthdays. Her life has completely changed and she goes day by day waiting for the next episode to occur & for it to begin its terrible nightmare all over again, and again, and again.
With Thoracic Endometriosis being under researched and under funded–the costs for treatment are astronomical. We have been able to afford one such treatment with the help of her GiveForward. We are still in need of further treatments as this disease is life-long. Our entire family has been surrounded by such generosity & quite humbled by the outpouring of love and support. Her disease has no cure & her life will never be as it once was. GiveForward has shown her that there is hope in love, positive outlooks created by the selflessness and kindest of others, and perhaps the chance to create a whole new life.”
Anna and Téa’s motivation and drive to keep moving forward, regardless of the prognosis, is inspiring. When dealing with a disease, illness, accident, etc., reaching out for support like Anna did is vital. Those around you who love and care about you want to help, you just have to give them the chance.