Endometriosis News Column
Endometriosis and Friendships: You Can Create Your Social Life
Endometriosis can make you feel like you have no control over your life, especially your social life. In the past few years, I felt like my social life slipped away from me and changed and morphed in ways that were beyond my control (for better and worse). But recently, as I've been writing and reflecting on endometriosis and friendships for Endometriosis News, I've realised I had more power than I thought I had, and actually, it wasn't all as bad as I experienced it to be.
"When you’re in the thick of a very painful, and sometimes seemingly unending disease, it can be very difficult to see any positives in your life – including your friendships.
In retrospect, I can see how I made choices to support my health and my friendships, and how I can make more choices to change these if needed. I’ve reflected on some of these decisions and actions I took, and how they have impacted me and the friendships in my life. I’ve learned that I can always change my choices and actions to improve, strengthen and enjoy my relationships even more.
Taking some time to realize this has been empowering. I’ve noticed that I have played a role in how my social life has looked in the past few years, and it wasn’t all just my endometriosis making decisions for me. Coming to this realization has allowed me to acknowledge my power, and take back some control over my social life..."
Once I realised that I did have power, it became so much easier to feel good about my social life and make deliberate decisions about it, to create times with friends that I actually enjoyed and looked forward to. I am still working on it, but I am definitely getting there.
You can read the full entire article here.