Constant pain as a life partner. “But I resisted. The joy of living first.”

Pain changes the way we view reality and ourselves. As Jonathan Safran Foer wrote, “It is a word that defines our outlook more than we think.”

Ingrid Alberti, 50, of Valbondione, has learned this since she was a little girl: “I found out I had endometriosis around age 19, but when I was 14 I was in so much pain that it hampered my activities. And my hard work. Life.” The path to diagnosis and, above all, acceptance of the disease was difficult: but this dark, malignant disease did not extinguish his smile. Volunteering with the Endometriosis Project Association gave her a valuable opportunity to give birth again.

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