I always thought I handled stress EXTREMELY well. Because I grew up in a family of 9- imagine the steady culture of chaos- I hardly even notice when life begins to spiral out of control. In fact, I've always thought that deadlines motivate me. I may be aware of stress in my life, but I keep calm and manage it well.
Now I've come to the realization, that while I may mentally handle stress well, physically I do not. I think that's apparent by the state my body was in 5 weeks ago before the surprise laparotomy. I no longer have dilusions that stress doesn't effect me. As it happens, there appears to be a direct link between stress and endometriosis.