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The celebrities pictured below are not affiliated with the Endo Challenge. The stories that accompany their pictures were originally published in the form of interviews with various periodicals.

Click on any of the links below to read their personal story about Endometriosis.

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My Journey in my eyes started my Sophomore year of high school. I would get terrible amount of pain to the point I would get violently ill, which consisted of vomiting, cold sweats, diarrhea and I would even pass out.This progressed as time went on, and started making several trips to the ER. Every time … Read more ""
Chelsea Kern
After many years of ER visits, Doctors, exams, tests and bottles and bottles of painkillers, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis. As the doctor (in Canada, I am from California) described how twisted, distorted and mangled my insides were, all I could think of was finally! Finally, I had the reason and label to … Read more ""
Heidi Salguero
Ever since I was diagnosed with endometriosis in early 2001, I feel as though I have embarked on a long fight and weary battle. After years of serious abdominal pain, countless doctors appointments with no answers, sleepless nights, missing days out of school … my resolve began to turn when I finally went to a … Read more ""
Soteria
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My story begins 22 years ago at the age of 10. I started my period when I was only 10 and right away had extremely awful and painful cramps. At 11 years old, in sixth grade I was at school and started having severe pain near my right ovary. I had no idea that is … Read more ""
Erin Shepherd
If I can change just one womans life.my story would be worth telling. I am 29 years old & a year and 2 months ago I had to have a complete hysterectomy due to endometriosis. It all started when I was 18, I had my first ovarian cyst removal. I was constantly in pain when … Read more ""
Jennifer Van Dyke
Have you ever gone to the hospital in pain? The first thing the nurse asks you is to rate your pain on a scale from 1 10. Since the age of 12 I have been asked this questions hundreds of times. Since the day I got my very first visit from Aunt Flo I knew … Read more ""
Amanda Palumbo
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Hi my name is Vanessa & I am 31 years old. I have suffered from endometriosis since I was 13 years old. I have gone through the constant battle of this disease and treated several different treatments. Nothing I have tried has worked and I am still in constant pain. I tried to get pregnant … Read more ""
Vanessa Miller
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I started having pelvic pain at 16. The first time I went to the Gynecologist, I was diagnosed with PCOS. Started birth control the next day and was told I would be fine. “Your ovaries are classy, they wear a string of cysts like a string of pearls” My doctor said. I didn’t find humor … Read more ""
Jennifer Hernandez
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Looking back, I noticed the first symptoms of SOMETHING not right about 10 years ago. Symptoms were mild, but I knew not normal. Fast forward to 3 years ago, right around the time I was busy planning my wedding and traveling extensively for work. I would find myself in debilitating pain on a monthly basis. … Read more ""
Kristin Leverone
Pregnant. Something I always assumed I would be. Then I was diagnosed with endometriosis. At first I didn’t know that this diagnosis would be able to take that away from me, but I soon learned what endometriosis would really do to my life. I was diagnosed when I was 26, 4 months after I was … Read more ""
Janelle Lauria
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My name is Jen Adriaanse and I am 32 years old For everyone who doesnt know my story and why endometriosis awareness is so important to me I was diagnosed in 2007/2008 and since then have had close to 10 laparoscopic procedures (with 3-5 pin hole cuts each) in naples and Miami, infertility issues with … Read more ""
Jen Adriaanse
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I started my period when I was 12 or 13 years old.  I remember them hurting (but not as devastating as they have in my adult years), but figured it was normal.  I grew up hearing we were cursed because of Eve’s decision to sin, punished into pain and childbirth. I also heard that some of my … Read more ""
Lisa Drayton
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I’ve always suffered from intense periods. I refused to stay home from school when I was younger for fear of being teased. I often pushed through the pain and I still do about 98% of the time now. About four years ago when I was getting ready to move a few states away from my family, with my … Read more ""
Kari Doyle
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There is a saying that everyone is fighting a battle that you know nothing about. For some it is depression, cancer, ALS, but for me it is endometriosis. Since the age of 13 I have suffered severe pain and discomfort, to the point where I was missing school and work. I became a frequent visitor … Read more ""
Samantha Wong
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I have had extreme pain since my very first period at 12 years old. I always thought the pain I was experiencing was normal, and that all women must deal with debilitating cramps each month. By debilitating, I mean passing out and vomiting from the pain. It wasnt until I was 27 that I saw … Read more ""
Keally Nankervis
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In my early teens I have always suffered with heavy and painful periods and in the early days I believed that this was normal. I dont know what was worse the pain or the bleeding. At 14years old my mum took me to see the GP where he prescribed me pain killers which worked for … Read more ""
Andrea Hughf
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My issues started very young, as soon as I got my period basically at 12. I used to get such painful periods, excessive bleeding and would often faint from loss of blood or the pain. I would miss days of school at a time curled up in a ball in bed with cramps and a … Read more ""
Tiffany Letosky
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Ive been in pain since 3/26/1995. I started with severe back pains for many years and not been able to be diagnosed. At some point in 2011 I went to the gynecologist for pelvic pains. A Endometrioma was found, as well as dozens of fibroids. I had a hysterectomy, they found endo. 3 months later … Read more ""
Sharon H Benjamin
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When I was a teenager I had horribly painful periods. I would double over in pain almost every month. I was put on birth control pills at 14 years old. NO ONE ever thought anything more. EXTREMELY PAINFUL PERIODS ARE NOT NORMAL!!!! I would hide in the bathroom in High School doubled over due to … Read more ""
Elizabeth Tuosto
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After getting married I continued having extreme pain after intercourse to taking Tylenol afterwards. I told my husband something wasnt right and it eventually led to bleeding afterwards. Finally found out I had endometriosis. I was always use to having heavy periods so never thought anything prior about it. In 08, 09, 2010 & 2014 … Read more ""
Holly Brown
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Growing up, I matured earlier than most of my friends but never understood the pain. I thought the cramps were normal period cramps. I would have stabbing pains and drs said I was just constipated. Ha far from it dr! I was put on birth control very young because my period was always messed up … Read more ""
Jess Simyan
In April 2013 I went running, training for my first 10k. I felt a twinge in my lower right belly that I didn’t think much of. By Friday morning, the pain hadn’t moved or gone away, so I called the doctor thinking it may be appendicitis. Scans he ordered surprised us both – not appendicitis, … Read more ""
Amanda Thompson
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I suffered with terrible periods from the time I was 15 years old. Finally, when I couldnt handle the pain any more. When I was 18 I saw a quick special on TV about endometriosis and the more they explained it, the more I knew this is what I had. This is why I suffered … Read more ""
Shannon Gay
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My Endometriosis nightmare started 24 years ago. I grew up thinking the extreme pain I suffered was normal because that’s what the doctors I saw told me. I spent about 10 years going to doctors and the ER for the pain only to be told nothing was found. Eventually Endometriosis was brought up by a … Read more ""
Jackie Breon Pumphrey
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“I still feel so lucky to have my sons,” she says with heartfelt sincerity. “When I was 25, I was told that as I suffer from endometriosis, I only had a 50/50 chance of having children, which scared me to death. When I fell pregnant the first time, I was ecstatic. It makes family occasions … Read more ""
Emma Bunton
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Endometriosis prevented Louise Redknapp — former member of the band Eternal, wife to footballer Jamie Redknapp and mom to 3 ½-year-old Charley – from having a baby after several years of trying. But it was Louise, herself, who very nearly prevented the couple from ever finding out that endometriosis was to blame in the first … Read more ""
Louise Redknapp
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I have been dealing with Endometriosis since I was 11.  My parents and doctors never believed me.  They would always push painkillers and birth control on me.  I was finally diagnosed at 21 years old.  Since then, I have had 7 laparoscopies as well as a partial hysterectomy at 22 years old. My last major … Read more ""
Kristin Smith
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My life with Endometriosis started when I was probably 18 years old.  It wasnt until I was 25, after several misdiagnosis, lots of tests, that I finally found a doctor who said he would do an exploratory laparoscopy “just to shut up the whiny little girl with PMS.  Much to his dismay, he found stage … Read more ""
Tessa Parker
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All through-out high school and even college, I went to various doctors, describing my pain to them, trying to get them to understand that this wasnt normal period pain. They all told me it was normal, all in my head, and that everyone experiences their periods differently. It wasnt until shortly before I graduated from … Read more ""
Kristi Lemieux
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This article appeared on Parents.com on September 27, 2013. Actress and momtrepreneur Tia Mowry-Hardict may always seem upbeat and über-positive, but she went through a very dark period when she was struggling with infertility. The cause? Endometriosis, which is an abnormal growth of cells from the lining of your uterus that appear outside of the uterine … Read more ""
Tia Mowry-Hardict
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I live in South Wales, where proper treatment for Endometriosis is very poor and hard to come by. My symptoms started when I was 11. They included heavy periods, with clots and terrible cramps, lasting for 10 days or more. I was put on iron tablets because I was so anaemic. I also experienced sharp … Read more ""
Niki Dally
As long as I can remember, cramps have just been something I lived with. As a teenager, my cramps would be so intense, that it would hinder my every day life. My mother, who suffered as I did with cramps, would always tell me it was genetic or youre just predispositioned to have bad cramps … Read more ""
Diana Beresovoy
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My health issues started back in elementary school. I wasnt menstruating yet, but I had pelvic pain that would be so severe, that it would have me in the clinic and sometimes send me home from school. No one understood what was causing it. My parents would take me to the hospital and they would … Read more ""
Jennifer Saul
My Name is Tina I have suffered from the systems of endometriosis since I was 15, but I was not diagnosed until I was 24 and saw a new doctor who FINALLY listened to me. I had surgery almost 3 years ago but recently my symptoms have started to worsen again which is a reminder … Read more ""
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My story starts when I was 13. I remember being in bed, crippled over, crying, thinkingomg this can not be right! Every doctor for the next 7 years would tell me a vary of explanations from Im one of the unlucky ones, Im over-reacting, everyone has cramps, some just are more sensitive, its all in … Read more ""
Rachel Donelson
Ever since I can remember, I have always had a lot of pain with monthly cycles. I remember being not quite a teenager yet and writhing in pain on the bathroom floor and in the bath tub just trying to get a little relief. None of my friends ever complained about their cycles, or really … Read more ""
Darcie
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I woke from the surgery groggy and the first thing I recall was a blur of greens and blues that challenged my eyes and mind to focus. I watched the disturbance outside the window for a moment, a robust wind unsettled the leaves on a large, study tree against a backdrop of incredibly blue sky. … Read more ""
Janelle R Ward
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My endometriosis story starts early, at age 13. Without a doubt and despite what I would go through later, my adolescent years were the worst of my life. For 10 days every month I dealt with agonizing pain, heavy bleeding that included passing large blood clots, and fatigue. I kept sweatshirts tied around my waist … Read more ""
Eva Maria Johnston
Sola, adolorida. asustada. sin esperanza. Estos son sòlo algunos de los sentimientos que tengo. Mi nombre es Tania Snyder, tengo 32 años y fuí diagnosticada con Endometriosis en el año 2012, después de sufrir más de 16 años con terribles cólicos y sangrados pesados durante mis periodos. A consecuencia de ello me hicieron una Laparascopía … Read more ""
Tania Berrú Snyder
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Ive had Endometriosis since I started my monthlys at 15. I got diagnosed when i was 24. I never had kids. Im now 31, Ive had multiple miscarriages and a few months ago I made the tough decision and had a total hysterectomy. There needs to be a cure found for this disease. I plan … Read more ""
Mhairi Hutt
Since 15 my period pains were unmanageable, classed as a drama queen and told it was part of being a woman Deal with it. With was the general consensus from friends, boyfriends, family and GPs. Years of suffering lead to misery two weeks of most months, it was hard to keep up as they were … Read more ""
Tegan Edwards
I always knew from my earliest periods something was not right in there.I suffered the heavy bleeding bend you over cramps and other intestinal issues that come with Endo. I consider myself lucky I was able to conceive and carry 2 boys. Three years ago I went for an Ablation only to be woke up … Read more ""
Tricia
I was diagnosed in May of 2011 they found it on my Cervix about 2 dime sized spots. I was diagnosed with this horrible disease after being in massive amounts of pain for years with being told its in my head, all you want is pain medication, its just a bad period. I came back … Read more ""
Cheryl Pagano
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I was 13 when I got my first period.  I had some of the most horrific pain I had ever felt in my life.  At some points it would be so bad that I would vomit from the pain and it was very common that I had to stay home from school for days at … Read more ""
Jolene Rheault
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I never knew that the pain I felt each month wasn’t normal. Even when I went to the gynecologist for the first time at age 16 and complained that I had bad cramping three weeks out of the month, she dismissed my concerns and just gave me a prescription for birth control pills. I had … Read more ""
Becky Hoffmann
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When I was 21 years old, I was in intense abdominal pain. After several tests, it was determined that I had an intestinal blockage. I had a team of specialists in Pittsburgh, yet no one could figure out why there was a blockage. Exploratory open surgery revealed adhesions on my intestines, yet I had no … Read more ""
Kirisa Thork Gennock
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I was diagnosed 13 years ago at 17 with Endometriosis after an ovarian cyst ruptured that I didn’t know I had. Despite the diagnosis, I remained symptom free for almost 10 years. However, in that time, the disease did unknown damage to all my reproductive organs until my surgery at age 26 to find out … Read more ""
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