When 22-year-old Ally Opfer from Cleveland, Ohio, woke up on a cold morning in December, she had no idea that her life was about to change completely. “I woke up in the morning of December 21, and felt very normal, not knowing what I was about to go through,” she recalls. “A few hours later I started to feel slight cramps but I put them away as nothing. It gradually became a little more painful throughout the day, so I figured it was that time of the month for me, because I also started bleeding a little. I just went on with my day and ignored the pain that was getting worse.” Little did she know that it was much more than just menstrual pain… Continue reading on the next page.