Undiagnosed

A Poem about Endometriosis

Maggie Bowyer

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Photo by Ava Sol on Unsplash

It takes an average of 7–10 years to get an Endometriosis diagnosis despite the condition affecting over 200 million people worldwide. It took Maggie 13 years to get a diagnosis after the first symptoms began.

Undiagnosed

All the little bits
Of pain scattered
Through my body
Like a vase
Was shattered
Inside of me.
Like my heart was
Knocked from it’s cavity,
It’s shards ricocheted
And transformed
Into the ice pick
In my shoulder;
The knife in my side;
The piercing in my hips;
The stab in my stomach.
These bits of pain add up
And never stop piling
Onto one another.
Each morning I wake
With new pain in waves,
Crashing over me,
This mourning is crushing me.
I wake up and pray
Today will be a new day,
But this disease does not yield.
I do not want to die,
But can you even
Call this living?

If you are a fan of this poem or my poetry in general, I invite you to check out both of my poetry collections, including my most recent publication ‘When I Bleed: Poems about Endometriosis.’ You can find it https://amzn.to/32uWRPv or anywhere you buy your poetry!

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Maggie Bowyer

Freelance writer. UNGODLY, WHEN I BLEED: POEMS ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS and more