My Experiences with Endometriosis and Friendships
I can't deny it. One of my biggest challenges around endometriosis, is the loneliness, the isolation and the fear of communicating with people. Even though I am now in a place where I see friends almost every week, I can still feel like I'm on my own sometimes, or at least, the fear of being lonely again, makes me feel that way.
Yet despite this, the past few years have taught me many lessons about friendship and communication; and it's through my experiences, sometimes good, sometimes bad, that I've been able to learn how I best communicate my struggles or needs to my friends, and also, what type of communication works for them. On top of that, I've learnt where I need to take responsibility and where my boundaries are as well; so I know when I've done all I can and need to make the decision to step back.
In my Endometriosis News column, Living with Endo, I've written a series talking about my experiences and what helped me make friends, improve existing relationships, work with those friends who just don't seem to understand and finally, let go of the friendships that are no longer serving both individuals.
In part 1 of this series, I reflect back on the challenges I've faced around friendships, loneliness and endometriosis, but also on how depression and anxiety made me feel much more alone than I really was. You can read the first in this series here.
I hope it helps, and if you have any questions or topics you'd like me to cover, please do just email me or reach out on social media!