Pinterest Marketing, what to know for 2024!

Pinterest Marketing, what to know for 2024!

Pinterest Marketing, what to know for 2024!

2024 is just a few weeks away, and with that, Pinterest has published its annual “Pinterest Predicts” trend report, which highlights some of the top rising trends based on search activity in the app and Pinterest’s analysis of where things are headed based on such.

While some bloggers and online business owners have been getting discouraged with their Pinterest reach not being what it used to be (we will get to this in a minute), the Pinterest platform is more beneficial than ever for online marketing. The number of active users from 2022-2023 grew by over 10%, bringing in over 450 MILLION monthly active users.

Based on current user growth rates, this number is expected to grow by nearly 20% in 2024.  

Pinterest’s ability to target a receptive audience is the #1 reason this platform outshines the rest. That and content lives for TEN TIMES longer on Pinterest than on any other social platform

A Facebook post has a 90-minute shelf life, whereas Instagram is a little longer, coming in at a whopping 20 hours. 

The average pin has a shelf life of 3.5 MONTHS. Not only that, pins that are 3, 4, or even 5 years old (and older) can pick up traction again, sending you tons of views without you having to touch a thing. I don’t know about you, but I am going to focus more on the platform where my content lives much longer! 

Here is what you want to know for 2024…

The New Pin Creation Tool 

Have you noticed a drop in your reach since the launch of the new Pin Creation tool? You are not alone

I have been working in Pinterest Marketing since 2015 so I have been around for about 20+ platform updates. And each and every time a new tool was introduced, you would see a drop in reach

That is because the algorithm is adapting to the new change. See, just 6 months ago, there were multiple “types” of pins on Pinterest: idea pins, carousel pins, video pins, and static pins. 

Now, with the rollout of the new pin creation tool, there is essentially only “one” type of pin. You no longer have the option to create idea or carousel pins. Unless you want to create an idea pin for an ad, now, you can only create video and static pins all within the new pin creation tool. 

This is nothing to stress about; this shift is normal. No, there hasn’t been a “crazy algorithm change,” the algorithm is ALWAYS changing; that is what algorithms do. With consistent and proper pinning, your numbers will start to go back up. I know it’s stressful to see a drop in reach, but it always comes back. 

Speaking of pinning, here is what you need to know for 2024

Sadly, there are still Pinterest experts out there teaching extremely outdated pinning strategies, which is a big reason many users are getting flagged as spam and/or have a very low reach and engagement rate. 

I had a student come to me last week because of her low reach. She took another Pinterest course before taking mine, and this course told her to create a pin and then send it to 5-7 different boards. This is a VERY VERY VERY VERY outdated strategy

Because she had been pinning that way, a spam filter was set off, and her reach plummeted. A lot of times, when this happens, new accounts need to be created because the account that was flagged can never recover. 

Here is what to focus on when it comes to your pinning in 2024: 

  • ONE: SEO. I will push this topic more than any topic I have ever talked about, and if you are a long-time follower or a student in my private group, you know this. Because Pinterest is a search engine, PROPER optimization of your account, boards, AND pins is crucial when it comes to reach and engagement. I still see SO much keyword stuffing and improperly optimized pins and boards. And while you may think that doesn’t matter it does. 

Here are TWO examples of why it does matter. These are 2 NEW accounts I manage; you normally don’t get a reach or engagement like this in the first month. But because boards are optimized properly along with pins, and we are pinning properly, you can see it works! The proof is in the SEO pudding

Account 1

Account 2

Here is another account from a new student who made a few simple SEO tweaks, and her numbers are starting to improve in only a WEEK! So this is why I preach SEO.

  • TWO: Proper pinning. You do NOT need to send out 10 pins a day, or even 5! In fact, pinning too much can set off a spam filter and hinder your reach. 95% of accounts see great reach, engagement, and growth with 1-2 fresh new pin images a day; that’s it! It doesn’t have to be a ton of work! 
  • THREE: Stop using TailWind and pinning to group boards. Okay, let me break that down more. If you are using the looping feature on Tailwind, STOP right now! Even with the pin being spaced out by weeks or months, you are still re-pinning the same image from your own account more than once. That can still flag an account as it’s seen as a “duplicate pin,” which is considered spam. If you haven’t been flagged yet, you will eventually. 

Group boards are a thing of the past UNLESS they are VERY niched down AND optimized properly. If you are sending your pin to a group board that is not niche or topic-specific, not properly optimized for SEO, and is filled with pins on multiple topics, the algorithm will have NO clue where your pin really belongs. That will not only hurt the reach of your pin but also your overall account performance. 

Remember, the algorithm favors relevancy. They want to see your recipe pin saved to a recipe board. And when it’s not, then it doesn’t know who to show your recipe pin to, and your reach will be in the single or double digits. 

Staying up to date on current pinning strategies and proper SEO will lock in your success on the platform. Pinterest sends me over 100K views to my website each month. It didn’t happen overnight, but all the work has been 150% worth it. 

If you want to take your Pinterest to the next level in 2024 and start getting more eyes on your website or online store, click here

If you don’t have time to manage your Pinterest account and want help from a seasoned Pinterest Marketing expert, click here

As always, 

Happy pinning! 

xo Megan 

How often should you be pinning on Pinterest?

How often should you be pinning on Pinterest?

How often should you really be posting on Pinterest? 

A quick Google search of this question will likely lead you into a spiral of mixed and confusing information. 99% of it is incredibly outdated.

This mixed information is a big reason users give up on Pinterest so easily. 

Here are the top 3 posts that appear when I Google: “How often should you be posting on Pinterest?” 

#1 says: 5-15 times a day, up to THIRTY times a day (WHATTT?!) 

#2 says: 1 new pin a week

#3 says: 10 times a day

Are you confused yet

I’m Megan. I am a Pinterest Marketing Expert & Educator, and I have been working in Pinterest Marketing since 2015. When I say I have seen it ALL when it comes to Pinterest rumors, I really have seen it all

I also know the frustration of learning how to navigate the Pinterest platform properly due to all the mixed and incorrect information floating around online and in FB groups. 

Now, am I 100% right all of the time? Of course not. I have to navigate change and updates just like everyone else. However, I do pride myself on getting confirmation before I spread any more false information to confuse users even more

Luckily, I work weekly with a Pinterest ads rep (an actual Pinterest employee), so I can run things by her and get confirmation on what we should be doing when it comes to current pinning strategies and best practices. 

Let’s dive in! 

Less is more. 

I currently work with 12 clients. And the MAX we send out in a day when it comes to new pin images is 2. That totals 14 new pins a week.

However, 70% of the more established accounts I manage do very well with 1 fresh new pin image a day, totaling 7 new images a week. And that doesn’t mean 7 new blog posts. You can 100% link to older content as long as the image is new

That’s it

Remember, the algorithm wants to show us new content each time we log in—content we haven’t seen before. 

Gone are the days of needing to send out 10+ pins a day. In fact, pinning that much will eventually set off a spam filter. Even if it hasn’t yet

Pinterest is NOT as much work as many make it out to be. I promise

Let’s go over what is working (and not working) going into 2024. 

  1. You do not need to repin other user’s content. I still see a lot of people doing this. Now, there is a caveat with this. If your account is NEW and your boards need a little SEO help to strengthen them, it’s okay to save a few top-ranking pins to that board that are not yours. But it’s not something you need to do daily or even weekly.
  2. TailWind pins with outdated strategies. Yep, I said it. Tailwind could be killing your reach on Pinterest. For Example, the looping feature that sends out the same pin image to different boards—a HUGE no-no. And no, it doesn’t matter if that pin is spaced out by 2 months. You NEVER want to repin the same image to more than one board. It’s a very quick and easy way to end up in Pinterest jail. And that is a challenging hole to crawl out of.  
  3. Piggybacking of #2, pinning to Tailwind communities. If the community is very niched down, and you know the content you are pinning there is being saved to a relevant board, then that is fine. The issue you can run into with communities is users saving your content to a non-relevant or non-SEO-optimized board to keep in line with the community rules. When this happens, and your recipe pin is saved to a board with pins on a bunch of different topics, the algorithm has NO clue where it belongs, thus hurting the reach of that pin AND your overall account performance. 
  4. Leading me into #4, Pinterest Group Boards. The same rules apply. The Pinterest algorithm favors relevancy. It wants to see your pin on Pilates saved to a board on Pilates or fitness. That way, it knows exactly who to show it to. But if that pin is saved to a “free for all” style group board full of pins on different topics and not optimized for SEO, it will again hurt the reach of your pin and your account as a wholeThis post HERE can shed more light on this topic.
  5. Most accounts will see consistent growth by sending out 1-2 fresh new pin images a day that are PROPERLY optimized for SEO and saved to a relevant SEO-optimized board. Pinterest has a FREE scheduler! Take advantage of it! 
  6. And last, SEO. If you take a quick look around my blog, you will see that I talk about proper Pinterest SEO more than I talk about anything else. That is because your success on Pinterest 1000% comes down to your account/boards/pins being optimized PROPERLY. This post has a short video where I show you an excellent example of just how crucial proper SEO is. 

Try your best not to get hung up on the millions of rumors floating around about Pinterest. Yes, it’s still highly beneficial for your business or blog. Here is a screenshot from today with my top-ranking pins. These 3 pins alone have sent me over 33,000 clicks to my website this month. 

Imagine what that kind of traffic could do for your online business. 

If you are ready to take your Pinterest account to the next level and want to learn more about current pinning strategies, best practices, and proper Pinterest SEO, click HERE

Or, if you want to do all the things but don’t have time to do it yourself, click HERE

As always, 

Happy Pinning, 

xo Megan 

The reason you have a low reach on Pinterest!

The reason you have a low reach on Pinterest!

The reason you have a low reach on Pinterest!

Okay, let’s jump right in. 

You are reading this post because you don’t have the reach you want on Pinterest, and you are trying to figure out why. I have written a few posts similar to this one, but I see these issues more and more, so I wanted to address it again in hopes it can motivate you to make the right changes with your Pinterest account so your reach can look like this! 

In the past 6 weeks, my Pinterest agency has brought on a few new clients. Clients who came to me because they weren’t getting the reach and engagement they wanted on Pinterest. 

Now, in the nine years I have been working in Pinterest marketing the two, well 3, most significant errors I see are these

  1. They are pinning with very outdated strategies, such as pinning the same pin image to multiple boards if you are doing this, STOP. 
  2. Their boards aren’t optimized for SEO at all, or they are improperly optimized
  3. They are or have been participating in re-pin threads in FB groups in hopes of getting their reach and engagement up. (I will cover this in a minute

Or all of the above. 

Before I get into why re-pin threads will be the death of your Pinterest account, I want to talk about what the algorithm picks up on the MOST and what you need to focus on in order to see the reach and engagement you like on Pinterest.  

Relevancy & SEO (#1 Most Important) 

If you are a long-time follower, you have listened to me talk about proper Pinterest SEO about 100,000 times. But that is because SO many business users are not optimizing their content the right way, and then the algorithm has NO idea where to place it or who to show it to. 

When I go to upload a new pin on Pinterest, the first thing I do before I optimize it, is think of the board it will best fit with. 

I want to save my pin on Pinterest Marketing to a board that is optimized for Pinterest Marketing. This way, the algorithm picks up on my Pinterest marketing-specific pin being saved to a RELEVANT board on Pinterest marketing, thus increasing my chances of the algorithm showing my pin at the top when someone is searching for Pinterest Marketing. 

For example, when I typed in “Pinterest Virtual Assistant Jobs,” I didn’t just have one pin; I had TWO pins ranking in the TOP two rows in search results. Those pins got there due to the board they were saved to being optimized properly AND those pins having proper SEO, showing the algorithm where they belong! 

So at the end of the day SEO will be the key to your success on the platform. 

NOW, let’s talk about re-pin threads. 

Guys, I can’t tell you how detrimental these are to your account. I get SO angry when I see them in these business-focused FB groups and it’s hard to hold back from telling all 300+ people who participate in them to STOP. 

If you don’t know what they are, here is an example of one. You drop a pin you want more “saves” on, and then you “save five other pins within the thread.” 

Here is the main issue with this: 99% of the participants in this thread are NOT saving your pin to a relevant SEO-optimized board. And when that happens, and your pin is saved to a board filled with pins on 100+ different topics, the algorithm isn’t going to consider your pin relevant, and the pin’s reach PLUS how your account ranks on Pinterest will drop. 

You will have MUCH more success pinning your pin to your OWN relevant, SEO-optimized board. 

Here is a short 9-minute video where I break down the importance of proper Pinterest SEO, give examples, and talk about what factors the Pinterest algorithm uses to rank your content. 

If you want to learn more about current best practices, pinning strategies and PROPER Pinterest SEO, click HERE!

As always,

Happy Pinning!

xo Megan

How to use the Pinterest Trends tool to get more website traffic!

How to use the Pinterest Trends tool to get more website traffic!

How to use the Pinterest Trends tool to get more website traffic!

If you are looking to get more FREE traffic to your website, Pinterest is the place to do it. With over 445 MILLION monthly active users, it’s a great place to reach your ideal reader or customer. 

But I know firsthand how overwhelming this platform can be. 

If you’re new here, I’m Megan! I have been working in marketing for over 14 years and have worked in Pinterest marketing for the last eight years. So, as I said, I know firsthand how overwhelming this platform can be, mainly due to the vast amount of mixed information you have probably read. 

I am here today to tell you it’s really not that complicated. Sure, you need to learn a few things to see steady and consistent growth, but today I will teach you one of those things! 

Today, we are going to talk about how to use the Pinterest Trends Tool, which is basically a cheat sheet that can help your pins go viral if used properly. 

What’s popular on Pinterest is generally ahead of the curve when it comes to trends, which is why the Pinterest Trends Tool is one of my all-time favorite things! I use the trends tool every single time I go to optimize a pin for myself or a client. 

What is the Pinterest Trends Tool? 

The Pinterest Trends Tool is a free tool that provides insights into the most popular search terms on Pinterest. You can use this tool to discover what topics are trending on the platform and see how search terms have performed over time.

It can show you current, growing, seasonal, and top monthly and yearly trends. 

How Trends Work on Pinterest

Content trends on Pinterest anywhere from 6-8 weeks before the actual season or holiday. So, right now, we are in the last few days of August. I started pinning fall content for clients about two weeks ago. 

Right now, the trends tool is showing me all things fall, and Halloween are on the upswing, which tells me that my pins that are optimized for fall-specific keywords will take off faster and continue to grow if pinned in advance. 


How To Use The Trends Tool To Your Advantage

Here is an excellent example of how I use the trends tool to my advantage. Here is a client of mine who is a food blogger. Each week I take a look at her trends tool to see what is trending in her specific niche and if any of her content fits the current or growing trends. 

The trends tool is showing me Zucchini recipes are 100% on the upswing. Trending up in the US AND popular with her specific audience. So, I know if she has content pertaining to this trend, it should get a pretty quick boost. 

I am going to optimize her pin with proper Pinterest SEO, and I will use the keywords that are trending for “zucchini recipes.”

Because her pin (and the board is was saved to) are properly optimized for Pinterest SEO, I used top trending keywords pertaining to “zucchini.” These are her pin stats after only a few hours. Not bad right?

Why Pinterest SEO Matters

If you are a long-time follower, you know I preach SEO on Pinterest more than most. Why? Because SEO will inevitably be your key to making it or breaking it on the Pinterest platform. 

99% of the time, when someone comes to me with a low reach or low engagement, I find about 15 SEO errors on their profile. Or VERY outdated pinning strategies. 

But once we address them AND pin properly (within current guidelines) moving forward, their reach ALWAYS increases TEN FOLD. 

Every. Single. Time. Along with their outbound traffic. 

Pinterest isn’t as complicated as many make it out to be. Remember, Pinterest is for longevity. Content lives and circulates on the platform for life. In contrast, you get a 24 MAYBE 48-hour reach on Facebook and Instagram. 

If you’re lucky. 

If you want to get serious about a long-term solution for website traffic, invest in Pinterest. I promise it’s worth it. This is a pin that is SIX years old, and this month alone has sent me over 3,500 website visitors. From ONE pin that I haven’t touched in SIX YEARS. Not bad, right? 


If you want to learn more about current best practices, guidelines, and proper Pinterest SEO, click HERE

As always, 

Happy Pinning

xo Megan 




My Health Journey

My Health Journey

This isn’t a typical blog post I would share here, as this is my business website. But with the roller coaster I have been dealing with over the past year, well, really, the past eight years, my husband encouraged me to share my story, hoping it may reach other women going through the same thing. Give them some hope, and highlight how genuinely awful women’s healthcare can be.

Now, I am going to talk about my lady parts, so if you are a man reading this and that makes you uncomfortable, you can bow out now. No hard feelings

I have always had bad periods. Ovulation has always been painful, and the week leading up to my period is like going through the first trimester of pregnancy—headaches, exhaustion, and nausea. These are pretty typical symptoms for many women. But over the past few years, I also started to experience a lot of pain. Pain that would take me out for at least a full day. 

I noticed the pelvic pain getting more intense after I got over a kidney infection on Christmas of 2021. I thought it was odd that most of the pain was in my pelvis, but the doctor said my bladder was most likely hurting due to the kidney infection, so I didn’t overthink it.

Slowly, that pain would appear more frequently and last a little longer each time, always with ovulation and my period. I would maybe have one week a month where I felt OK. 

I brought up my concerns to my Gynocologist, and she did a pelvic ultrasound, told me I looked perfect, and offered birth control. I declined as I had my tubes tied after I had Kori in 2015 and also dealing with hypothyroidism & Hashimotos; I didn’t need one more thing making it harder for me to lose weight. 

I actually visited the gynecologist about four different times due to this increasing pelvic pain, and every time was met with basically the same answer, “We are women. We get painful periods, and it’s pretty normal.” 

I knew something wasn’t right, though. It wasn’t, in fact, “normal” to feel like someone was stabbing me in the pelvis 24/7. 

In October of 2022, I got a UTI. My 2nd one in less than a year. (first one turned into that yucky kidney infection.) I thought it was odd, for me at least, to have two UTIs in a year when previously I never had an issue with them. 

But I did what you usually do, and I went to my doctor, got some antibiotics, and called it a day. But that is where this story starts. 


This is a long post, so stick with me.


See, my UTI wouldn’t go away. And not only would it not go away, the pain in my pelvis was getting worse and worse by the day. 

From October 2022 to June 2023, I went through 11 different oral antibiotics to try and kill this infection, when I was finally put on IV meds for ten days to try and get rid of it. Honestly, this UTI needs an entire blog post of its own, as the mistreatment I got there was ALSO unreal. 


My urologist was stumped. Because he said usually, when you can’t clear an infection like this, it’s due to an underlying cause like kidney stones, which I didn’t have. I told him about my awful pelvic pain, and he kept telling me I most likely had “Painful bladder syndrome.” Sorry, Sir, but I am not an 85-year-old woman, and I doubt I have “painful bladder syndrome.” But he’s the doctor, right? I didn’t go to medical school; what did I know? 

During these nine months of hell, I experienced pain like I had never felt before (other than when I was having active labor contractions.) I was going from doctor to doctor, ER visit to ER visit. Four CT scans and seven pelvic ultrasounds showed I was “fine” and that “everything looked great.” ELEVEN doctors told me I was 100% OK. 

I left every appointment feeling so defeated. I would sit in my car in the parking lot before and after every appointment and cry. Knowing I would be met with the same fate each time, ZERO help. Maybe I was crazy; perhaps it was in my head. 

NINE MONTHS. The darkness I experienced over these nine months was like nothing I ever imagined going through. Living in constant pain that was only getting worse by the day with no end or help in sight was extremely defeating. I could hardly get out of bed; I lost over 25 pounds because I couldn’t eat. I cried multiple times a day. I debated more than once driving my car into a tree because there was no way I could live like this forever. I felt like a complete failure as a wife and mother. 

No one would help me. No one.

But I wasn’t about to accept that this would be my life now, and I kept looking online for answers. And the one constant thing I came across was “endometriosis.” A condition where the lining of your uterus grows on the outside, causing a slew of symptoms, issues, and in many cases, EXTREME pelvic pain. 

When I returned to my gynecologist with this, she told me, “You have had two healthy babies; you don’t have endometriosis. If you did, you would have never been able to get pregnant.” Come to find out later, that statement is complete bullshit. 

I BEGGED her, literally cried on the exam table, and begged her for a referral to an endometriosis specialist I found online. She refused at first, saying I would be wasting this doctor’s time because I probably just had some scarring from my c-sections causing pain, not endometriosis. 

But due to my insurance, I needed a referral, or I would have to pay out of pocket. So after about 20 min of me sobbing and begging, she finally agreed to do it. Honestly, it was almost like she wanted me to stay sick. To keep throwing medications at me that would inevitably cause a plethora of other issues. Yea, no thanks. 

Also, you should never have to beg a doctor for a referral to another doctor. EVER. 

It took me five months to see Dr. Hudgens because his wait list was so long. But he was my last and only hope. And let me tell you, he was worth the wait. And then some. 

According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, out of over 40,000 OB/GYNs in the US, there are only about 100 endometriosis specialists skilled in the most up-to-date treatment options. And thank God, one was located in Virginia Beach. 

At that first appointment, he listened to me. He sat and listened to me. He looked me in the eyes when I spoke and acknowledged my pain. Something that the ELEVEN other doctors I had seen over the past year had NEVER done. And then, he performed a pelvic ultrasound himself. 

Here is where I will get a little TMI, but this is when it all came to light. He said, “OK, Megan, I am going to place my hand up inside you and push up; it will probably hurt, but I want to get a good look. My ultrasound tech will push from the top at the same time.” 

He was right, it hurt like hell, but he discovered that, in fact, the pain wasn’t in my head. My uterus was FUSED to my bladder, my bowls, and both of my ovaries. I had a large mass on the top of my bladder that was preventing it from emptying fully (hence why I couldn’t get rid of that UTI), and I had MULTIPLE masses inside my uterus. (a totally separate condition called Adenomyosis) He said he also suspected I had stage 4 endometriosis with how severely everything was fused together. 

GUYS. Let me remind you I had 4 CT scans and SEVEN other pelvic ultrasounds this past year, one three weeks before Dr. Hudgens performed his. I HAD MULTIPLE MASSES INSIDE OF ME. And not ONE doctor or ultrasound tech picked up on it. NOT ONE

As you can imagine, I started crying once again on that exam table, finally feeling validated, finally getting the answer that I wasn’t crazy, it wasn’t in my head, and something was very wrong. 

We had a long discussion about my options, and he said that due to the severity of my issues, he recommended I get a total hysterectomy, which is shocking to hear at 36 years old. Knowing that I would be instantly sent into surgical menopause, and that would come with its own set of issues. 

But I wouldn’t be in pain anymore. And luckily, I was able to meet with an AMAZING hormone doctor beforehand so I could get on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy right away to try and prevent all of those awful symptoms. Here’s to hoping that works! 

It’s going to be a long journey to get back to feeling normal again. I’m not even sure I know what “normal” feels like right now, but I do know this, my story was short.

I wish every doctor that labeled me as anxious, crazy and tried to convince me it was normal to be in this much pain because I had a uterus could read this post. Not because I want to shame them (well, maybe a little) but because I want them to LEARN. I want them to know that when a woman comes to them in as much pain as I was, they should take her seriously. We know our bodies; we know when something isn’t right. And that we look to them as medical professionals to HELP us and NOT gaslight us into thinking we are crazy. 

I declined pain medication EVERY single time I went to the doctor or ER. 

Every. Single. Time. 

Even though I desperately needed it. I didn’t want to be labeled a drug seeker because I knew for sure they wouldn’t listen to me then. If I declined the pain medication, they would take me seriously and try to help me find answers. 

But they never did

1 in 10 women have endometriosis, and they said it takes most women TEN YEARS to get a diagnosis because this is such an under-researched disease. Most insurances won’t cover the surgery to remove it because they don’t deem it a “medical necessity.” In fact, mine also said “no” until Dr. Hudgens wrote a letter saying I was at high risk for bowel obstruction. And I had a large mass on my bladder that they were worried about.  

How fucked up is that? So sorry your organs are fused together, and you have masses in your body; you have to deal with it. Women’s healthcare in the United States is SHIT. And I only touched the tip of how awful it truly is. 

Through this journey, I joined an endometriosis support group on Facebook; it’s where I got a lot of answers and support and where I found Dr. Hudgens, an endometriosis Exision specialist. 

When I tell you I see about five posts a day from women in this group talking about ending their lives because they can’t get the help they need, I would be downplaying it. The pain this disease causes is unimaginable

I was a lucky one. I have insurance and the resources to keep pushing for answers. Most don’t. And these surgeries cost $25,000+. It wrecks me to know how many women are suffering. And nothing is being done

I am thankful for so many things, but mainly my support system. 

Derek, lord knows you had to deal with so much over this past year. I know it killed you to see me in pain and not be able to help. But you never let me feel bad about it. You came with me to appointments, held me while I cried on the kitchen floor, and kept pushing for me to find answers. 

Most days, you did the job of both parents while I lay in bed on a heating pad, trying not to go back to the ER again. Because I know they wouldn’t offer any help. You helped pull me out of the dark when I told you about not wanting to live anymore. That has to be a hard thing to hear from your spouse. But you never gave up on me, and I thank God every day for you. 

Laura, Jessica, Kati, Quinn, and Lisa, you ladies are my rock. You girls ALWAYS listened; you always offered support. You checked on me daily and made me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry. I don’t know what I did to be blessed with not one but five best friends. You guys will never know how much you helped me through this mess. I will forever be grateful for your friendship. 

This year’s girls’ trip will be the BEST ONE YET. 

Mom & Jayne, thank you for being my unpaid therapists. And for always answering my MULTIPLE daily phone calls. Always listening, always offering so much support. And thank you, Mom for flying out the second you heard I was going to have surgery to help. I love you both and know how blessed I am to have such a caring and selfless mother and mother-in-law. 

And thanks if you stuck around to read my entire story. Again, my story is mild compared to what I have read in these support groups. And if you are going through the same thing right now, you are NOT alone. 

We need to do better for women’s healthcare. This is America, not a 3rd world country. Mistreatment like this should never happen, ever. 

Keep pushing, and check out these Facebook groups; they helped me immensely. 

  • Endometriosis Support Group:HERE
  • Nancy’s Nook HERE

More research and funding are needed so our daughters don’t have to deal with this awful disease. Kori is 7 times more likely to have endometriosis than a person who has no first-degree relatives with the disease. And I refuse to let her go through what I have had to go through. 

And sadly, even though I had a total hysterectomy, I will have to deal with this disease for the rest of my life. Even without a uterus, the tissue can still form on its own. In fact, when he performed the surgery, he said I had endometriosis growing on my kidneys. CRAZY. 

 At least this time, I will have fewer pelvic organs for it to fuse together. I’m praying I can make it at least 5-10 years before I will inevitably need another excision surgery. 

I’m fully invested in this disease now, and I plan to continue using my online platform to help raise money and awareness for more research and, hopefully, a cure someday. 

If you know someone dealing with this awful disease, please share this post with them. It may give them hope and a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. 

If you want to donate to help support more research and cures for endometriosis, you can click here

As always, 

Happy pinning, 

xo Megan