These are people, places, and items that have helped me personally. If you think something should be added to this list send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Doctor Will See You Now by Tamer Seckin – If you have endometriosis, suspect you have it, or know someone who has it this book is a must. I was crying as I read through the chapters knowing I wasn’t alone. It really helped explain some things to my family that I couldn’t put into words.
Nancy’s Nook Endometriosis Education – This is a Facebook group. You will need to answer questions when asking to be approved. I have found so much information here. It’s like an online research library. This is not a support group. It’s also where I found my current doctor.
Oakdale Obgyn – This office is amazing! I drive about 2.5 hours to see them and it’s totally worth it.
Dr Palmer – Dr Palmer did my excision surgery and hysterectomy. He listens to you and is so kind. “Special medical interests include treatment of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, and minimally invasive surgery with and without robotic assistance.”
Charet Pelkey – Charet is my physical therapist. If you are offered physical therapy after your surgery take it. We’ve done pelvic floor therapy, worked on strengthening my core, worked out scar tissue, and more. I really believe that seeing her has been essential to my healing and continued health. She will see patients that have not had their surgery through Oakdale as well. “Special medical interests include pelvic health, pelvic dysfunction, incontinence (urinary leaking), pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, post-abdominal surgeries (C-section, hysterectomy, laparoscopy), and low back pain.”
Kim Plessel – Kim is the nutritionist at Oakdale. I wish I could see her more than I have. She makes the experience less intimidating. She caters your plan to you and what you like. She made goals easy and gave me creative ideas for my daily eating habits. “Special medical interests include weight loss, functional nutrition, gestational diabetes, and nutrition for a healthy pregnancy and menopause.”
MN Endo Warriors – This is a group that raises awareness about endometriosis. They have physical and online support groups. They even have packing parties for women who have endo surgery. They put on an annual Endo March to raise awareness in Minneapolis. They even have a Facebook Page and blog that I follow as well. “The Minnesota Endo Warriors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness about endometriosis and providing educational resources and community support for those affected by this disease. We welcome warriors at any stage of diagnosis through exciting events, support groups, and an online community.”
Wedge Pillow – This pillow is amazing after you have abdominal surgery. I used it after my surgery and I’ve even loaned it to my friend who also has had endo surgery and a hysterectomy. It helps with getting out of bed and staying comfortable when laying in bed.