Endometriosis is a condition in which bits of the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grow in other parts of the body. Like the uterine lining, this tissue builds up and sheds in response to monthly hormonal cycles. However, there is no natural outlet for the blood discarded from these implants. Instead, it falls onto surrounding organs, causing swelling and inflammation.
Started when I had just turned 26. Should've been the best time of my life. Instead I've spent every day wracked in pain, mostly immobile, and losing every last bit of my life that I loved. No more hobbies, travel, work, dating, friendships ended, etc. I lost most of my friends because they just can't understand how someone could be so damaged at such a young age.