Endometriosis and Friendships: Steps for a Healthier, Happier Social Life
Hey loves, I regret that I have to make this quick today... My brain is slowing shutting down on me this evening and I stopped producing any good work a few hours ago!
But, some work that I completed previously (and is actually good), is part 3 in my Endometriosis News series on friendships and endometriosis.
This one is all about practical steps you can take to make having a social life with endometriosis easier, happier and still fulfilling.
It might look different from how it has done before, but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy it...
"One of the most significant ways that endometriosis can affect our lives is through our relationships and how we spend time with others.
Recently, I’ve been writing about endometriosis and friendships and how my social life has adapted over the years to accommodate endometriosis.
While this isn’t always easy, and sometimes can be painful, it is possible to still see friends and enjoy social activities. Admittedly, what you do now may be different from the things you’re used to doing, and you may not always be able to follow through with your commitments. But I’ve listed some things you can do to make your friendships stronger despite endometriosis, and things you can do together while listening to the needs of your body.
Over at my website This EndoLife, I work with women who need some support when it comes to living with endometriosis via one-on-one coaching sessions. One of the biggest things that comes up is their relationships. I always ask them whether they’ve spoken to the people in their lives about endometriosis and how it’s affecting them. Quite often the answer is “not really.”
This is for a number of reasons. Many can feel uncomfortable talking about endometriosis, others may be thinking about it so much that they don’t want to talk about it, and still others may have assumed that because their friends or family know they have endometriosis, they understand what it means for them.
Endometriosis is a complicated disease surrounded by myths, sexism, and a lack of research. Your friends or family might have taken the time to look into it, but that’s not to say they understand it or have looked at the right sources. They also may have seen limited information and do not yet understand all of the complex symptoms that sometimes accompany it, and with which you may be suffering.
Take some time to talk to your friends. Let them know what life is like for you at the moment, what can be hard for you, what’s still enjoyable and the same, and what they can do to help.
In situations like these, people are often grateful for the guidance."
You can read the rest of this column over on Endometriosis News.