Patient Stories

The women who live with endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain have typically struggled for years to find a solution to end their pain. While every woman’s journey is unique, remaining silent while friends, family, and physicians reassuring them that their pain is normal is a common theme in all their stories.

The key to finding an answer starts with asking the right questions and seeking out a physician who takes the signs and symptoms of endometriosis seriously. These medical professionals should be endometriosis specialists with an individualized treatment plan for these women, including a surgical plan of action and follow-up care.

By sharing their stories, these women want to spread awareness about endometriosis in the hopes that other women won’t have to go through the same experiences they did.

Allyson’s Story

Allyson’s Story

Endometriosis impacted Allyson’s life in so many ways due to a myriad of symptoms that arose because of the disease. She has now taken the reins on her life and is feeling better than ever thanks to the help of Dr. Barbara McGuirk. Allyson is sharing her story to let others know how important it is to raise your voice if you are not feeling okay and always fight for yourself!

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A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

As a child, Amanda possessed a passion for learning new things. Once Amanda reached her 11th birthday, her menstrual cycle began, causing intense pain that would last for a duration of 20 days out of every month by the time she turned 12.

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The Gains of an Endo Athlete

The Gains of an Endo Athlete

The Gains of an Endo Athlete 25 October 2018 - Patient Stories "After 20+ years of fighting, you kind of don't get your hopes high for the next specialist."   Endometriosis Patient Brandi Bacon Brandi, a 38-year-old endometriosis survivor, keeping in touch with...

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Briana’s Story

Briana’s Story

Briana, a 21-year-old woman with an affinity for sports, basketball in particular, always looked forward to her time on the court. When a foreign, debilitating pain began to encroach on her athleticism during her high school years, she knew that something wasn’t right.

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Amanda F.

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"After a friend recommended, I saw Dr. McGuirk in April of 2019. On my first visit after explaining my symptoms I have had for over 20 years, Dr. McGuirk and I worked on a plan, she explained everything, offered reassurance that I was not crazy and she could help me. I had surgery in September and have enjoyed freedom from many unwanted symptoms  since. I am so thankful for Dr. McGuirk and her team, especially Mari who was also a huge support for me throughout it all. Thank you all!"

Tara H.

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"After becoming a patient, Dr. Mcguirk performed a successful endo excision surgery and immediately started a treatment plan that restored my quality of life. I haven't felt this good in over 20 years! She really cares and is so passionate in helping those battling endo. She truly takes the time to explain everything to you and has such a great bedside manner. I've seen the pain in her eyes when she sees us suffering because she truly cares and wants to help us all. I feel amazing now and can actually enjoy life."

Luanne S.

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"Dr. McGuirk has been phenomenal. My daughter is 15 and underwent four surgeries and many other failed treatments for endometriosis within 2 years. As soon as my daughter was seen, Dr. McGuirk had a treatment plan and knew exactly what needed to be done. My daughter has been pain free since May and is living a teenage life again. Dr. McGuirk and her staff truly care about her patients and spend as much time as needed with you to explain and answer any questions. I can't thank Dr. McGuirk enough for giving my daughter back her quality of life."

Shayna L.

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"I don’t think I can express how much Dr. McGuirk changed my life. Before meeting Dr. McGurik, I had been living in chronic pain from endometriosis and after 4 surgeries nothing changed. My last doctor literally just gave me pain meds and sent me on my way. Not with McGuirk! Every appointment she takes time to thoroughly listen and understand what is going on. Through diet, surgery, and suppression I am now completely pain-free. I woke up from my surgery feeling completely different. She knows chronic pelvic pain and she is definitely someone you can trust."

Alyssa P.

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"I suffered with my Endometriosis for many, many years - I am SO thankful for Dr. McGuirk and the wonderful staff at the Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center! She performed my laparoscopic excision surgery back in Nov. 2015, and that marks the day I got my life back! Dr. McGuirk and her staff are always quick to respond whenever I have any questions or concerns, and they're so professional and kind - it's obvious that they love what they do! I highly recommend them - they changed my life!"

Holly R.

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"I have been a patient of Dr. McGuirk's since 2011. It's frustrating going from doctor to doctor to figure out what's wrong. I was fortunate to find Dr. McGuirk and she understood the constant pain I was going through. I was diagnosed with endometriosis. She has helped me to be come pain free and be able to get back to my life."

Sylvie C.

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"Dr. McGuirk is an amazing doctor and I am so grateful that I found her to help me fight my battle with endometriosis. I have been to many doctors over the course of my treatment and I can confidently say that Dr. McGuirk is the one who gave me my life back!

Dr. McGuirk is a rare breed of doctor--capable of sitting with you even while you cry your eyes out discussing the struggles of life with endometriosis; capable of empathizing with you while rejecting the notion that a pain level of 4 is ‘not that bad’; capable of making you feel like she has all the time in the world to sit with you while you process; capable of delivering on her promise to help.

Dr. McGuirk saved my life and for this I am eternally grateful!"

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