Surgically diagnosed with endometriosis five years ago, recurrent pain has recently led me to consider a hysterectomy. As a 42-year-old career woman, I had just started to think about last-chance babies. But in a moment, everything shifted. Time has run out, and plans are radically changing.

Welcome to Exile From Hysteria.

NOTE: I had a complete abdominal hysterectomy, including removal of one ovary, at 11:30 a.m. March 14.