It was a surprise to all of us when Beth was admitted to the hospital in January with a collapsed lung. Apart from some shortness of breath and chest pain, there were no warning signs.
After a second lung collapse, months of tests, x-rays, bloodwork, and multiple ER visits, Beth was diagnosed with a very rare form of endometriosis.
Endometriosis is an often-painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus. In most women, the growth of this tissue is confined to the abdomen, but in Beth’s case, the tissue has grown up into her body and surrounding her diaphragm and lungs.
This condition is called Thoracic endometriosis.
Beth is scheduled to undergo immediate surgery on September 6th at the insistence of doctors and specialists at the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta, Georgia, who believe the surgery is necessary for her to reduce the risk of future lung collapses and avoid long-term chronic pain.
While we are saddened by the nature of the circumstances, we are glad to have the opportunity now to shower Beth with our love and support, as she has given so much of herself unconditionally to so many people across the world in so many ways, this is our chance to give back that love and support when she and her family need it most.