My name is Jamie and I am a wife, dog mom, mental health advocate, and graduate of Liberty University with a Master’s degree in Life Coaching.
I started Pretty Gutsy as a way to spread awareness for a chronic illness called Endometriosis. I’ve been battling this incurable disease for over 10 years, and I feel led to speak out and be a voice for the 200 million women worldwide who suffer silently. Sadly, most doctors are very uneducated about Endometriosis, and most of what I’ve learned about my illness was through other women who have been brave enough to speak openly about their journey. My goal is to join that group of strong women who are working hard to educate others about this extremely common disease.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when tissue which is similar to the lining of the inside of the uterus grows on the outside and attaches to other organs such as ovaries, appendix, bladder, colon, and in rare cases can travel up to the lungs, diaphragm and heart. This can cause adhesions that basically “glue” organs together and to the pelvic/abdominal walls.
Unfortunately, doctors are not taught about this disease in medical school despite the large amount of women who suffer. Due to the lack of knowledge in the medical community regarding endometriosis, I waited 12 years for a formal diagnosis. Over the years I’ve gone to more doctors than I can count, looking for answers and help, only to be sent away with nothing. I’ve been treated like a drug seeker and my excruciating pain, nausea, passing out, vomiting, fatigue, back pain, and GI distress (among many other symptoms) have been minimized by medical providers in the past. Because of the delay in diagnosis, I suffered a miscarriage in 2017 due to the damage that has been caused to my organs over time.
Why did I name my blog Pretty Gutsy?
It’s not easy sharing such a personal journey with the world. I don’t really see myself as a brave person for being open about my diagnosis. My strength and “bravery” comes from Christ who is using my struggle to create positive change in other’s lives. I came up with the name Pretty Gutsy because gutsy means bold. I am bold because I trust fully in God to use my pain to mold me into who He needs me to be for His Kingdom. I’m proof that it’s possible to find joy in the midst of pain. My hardships have purpose and meaning, and yours do too!
Thank you for stopping by!