In 2010, Samantha was diagnosed with endometriosis after years of "painful periods" through laparoscopic surgery using the ablation (burning) technique. Since then, she has had five more surgeries, which include having a complete hysterectomy as well as her appendix and gallbladder removed. She tried birth controls, Lupron, diet changes, bioidentical hormones, pelvic floor physical therapy, but her ovary pain remained. This led her to make the difficult decision to have a hysterectomy at 23 years old with no children. Along with endometriosis, she has also been diagnosed with osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, vitamin d deficiency, and interstitial cystitis.
Samantha Bowick, MPH is a patient advocate for endometriosis and the author of "Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options". She has started her own business: Chronic Illness Support in hopes to help others who suffer with endometriosis and other chronic illnesses by providing education, awareness, and natural supplementation. She is a patient ambassador with the Chronic Disease Coalition and has written articles for Hormones Matter, 30Seconds, and Get Fit Now. Samantha is also working with other Endo sisters to help spread awareness through different projects.
Samantha's website: https://www.samanthabowick.com
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Stephanie was reluctant to visit the gynecologist because she had lost all hope of trusting physicians to provide answers. She had been turned away from several doctors who ignored her requests for surgery to determine if she had endometriosis. She knew this was the way and through a supportive friend, fell into the lap of a Doctor who understood her agony and helped her discover she had an endometrioma and endometriosis. She now relies on her faith and follows a holistic lifestyle. She also practices yoga and meditation to help relieve her anxiety and depression.
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