“Painful periods is just part of being a woman.” That is what I believed since I got my first period at 13 years old. It wasn’t until my suffering got to the point I finally had to have my first surgery in 2015 that I finally realized that all women don’t live this way. Not all women suffer for years thinking this is just my life. I was so misinformed. However, now that I know better, I believe it’s my obligation to let other women know that this type of pain during your period is not normal and to help give them a voice that lets others know you are not alone.