Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Stephanie Burgess has lived with the pain of endometriosis a long time, 23 years, in fact.
"Twenty-one years for me to get a diagnosis and after that another 2 years, so 23 years, before I got a surgeon who would listen and who was going to do something about it and did do something about it," Burgess said.
But finding out she had the disease was just the beginning of her journey. She started looking for answers here in Grand Junction, they suggested ablation surgery, but that didn't work.
"I found what is called excision which is an actual cutting out of the endometriosis," she said. "If you think of a weed in your yard, if you just cut the tops off you still have the weed, it's going to grow right back."
She had to go all the way to Ogden, Utah to get that surgery.
"He (her doctor in Utah) told me that my endometriosis was one of the worst cases he had ever seen, and he had been doing this for 15 years," Burgess said.
Finally, after three surgeries, Burgess' endometriosis pain is gone, but the process for getting there is still painful.
"I suffered for so long, and was in so much pain so to have somebody listen instead of say I don't know, I don't know, I don't know," she said.
This is part of a series we are running on Daybreak in honor of endometriosis awareness month.