Hello my dear Endo Sister,
My name is Melissa and I support & work with women who wish to manage their endometriosis holistically.
This work came about through my personal journey with having stage 4 endometriosis and feeling completely disempowered and limited within my own life. By going through this journey and coming out the other side, living a normal life, not restricted by endometriosis, I feel it is my duty to share my knowledge with women around the world.
What separates my service from other practitioners is that I specialize in endometriosis and use a complete and holistic approach to manage endometriosis successfully. Because of this, you will receive proven, specific and step-by-step information on exactly what you need to do to manage your endometriosis.
Why trust in me?
My insights and research on endometriosis has come through my own journey in successfully managing my own endometriosis.
I no longer experience pain or symptoms with endometriosis and believe women need to know what I have uncovered.
Where my research and knowledge has come from:
- Living with endometriosis for over 20 years and finally getting to a place of overcoming endometriosis.
- I am currently in my fourth year of completing my Naturopath Degree for Natural Medicine to enhance my existing knowledge. We have already covered herbal medicine, nutrition, pathophysiology, anatomy & physiology, therapeutics and massage.
- I have been invited to speak at various wellness expo’s and companies, including the Auckland WellFest and the Internal Affairs Department in Auckland.
- I have worked with women around the world with varying degrees of endometriosis and successfully helped them to manage their endometriosis.
- Over 7 years of specific research on endometriosis in using a natural approach.
- Interviewing naturopaths and experts in the field of women’s health and endometriosis.
- Reading every book, research paper and document about endometriosis that I could find in the last 5 years and colating the information to support and guide you.
- Attending seminars, events and conferences focusing on women’s health.
Why do I do this work?
I don’t believe women need to continue to suffer once they have been diagnosed with or suspect they have endometriosis. This is a nasty condition when treated poorly. I know, from personal experience that there is an effective way to manage it, so it doesn’t rule your life. Women don’t need to suffer and can live a normal life – even with having endometriosis!
My mission is to empower women on how they can manage their endometriosis using a holistic approach. I have the success of using my REACH Technique©, over and over again and want ALL women with endometriosis to at least try it! Here are some stories of women who have approached endometriosis naturally and the results they have had. The cool thing is that there is no risk or danger in trying my approach and how awesome would it be, if it actually worked for you?
My belief is that we should “first do no harm” before using other methods which could inflict long-term side-effects and horrible consequences.
I understand Endo…
Endometriosis affected me in a big, big way. I mostly felt stuck and restricted in my life choices. I felt like my life purpose was lost in the sea of operations, painkillers and days and weeks of pain. I put on a brave face to the world but inside I was really struggling. Life felt harder than it needed to. I was exhausted all of the time and pain was just part of my everyday. The truth was that I was hiding behind a mask, trying not to show my weaknesses and determined to not let endometriosis restrict my life but pushing myself each day to get through. Then, I would desperately hope that somehow tomorrow it would be more bearable.
I felt like I was missing out on the true essence of my life. I was merely getting through, overcoming pain and that increasing sense of being overwhelmed and tired. Inwardly I felt defeated by endometriosis and there were these constant worries about my health and my fertility. Do you feel that too?
I get it!
- That inexplicable pain that wrenches deep inside of you and draws every inch of your being into it.
- The “not being heard”, being told that you are exaggerating or that “it is all in your head.”
- The longing to be understood.
- The lack of knowledge and the frustration around this disease. No one seems to know anything about it and the research is so limited or one-sided.
- The embarrassment of describing this disease to others. The “You have what?” and then having to go into the gory details of cysts and growths, only to be told that it all sounds terrible.
- The worry and fear of the endometriosis itself, it spreading, it limiting your fertility and all the years wasted in dealing with it.
- The frustration, grief and sadness that comes with dealing with disease. How it limits your life for even the most basic things like walking, visiting friends or attending events. The limits on traveling, on enjoying your partner sexually, on furthering your career and doing the things you truly wish to do on a bigger scale.
- The guilt of letting people down when the pain strikes out of nowhere.
- The endless cycle of painkillers and surgery that doesn’t seem to ever actually provide real relief.
- That horrible feeling of trying to explain to your partner/husband why some sex positions are just not possible…
Things we’ve probably both done…
- Spent a full day crying and worrying about endometriosis and letting it own us, even if it was just for a day!
- Cursed our bodies and the endometriosis for being there. Resenting that we even have endometriosis. Feeling like it just isn’t fair.
- Cried on the bathroom floor, waiting for the painkillers to kick in.
- Taken more than the prescribed amount of painkillers because they just didn’t seem to work!
- Blaming ourselves for this disease. Believing that perhaps we were simply not doing enough.
A little about me…
I grew up in South-Africa to German parents and also have a wonderful sister. Travelling was always a big part of what I wanted out of life and I began to travel to various countries from a young age. My first adventure was back-packing through Australia with a friend. Unfortunately, I had to return early from that trip as endo was just giving me so much grief!
My travels also took me to most of Europe, including France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Italy. I have also been to Zimbabwe, Malawi and the Maldives. It is always heaps of fun and I love connecting with people from different cultures and different viewpoints.
In between all the travel, I pursued a career in marketing & sales and always knew that I would eventually own my own business.
I currently live with my lovely husband James in Auckland, New Zealand and our cute little fur baby Wilson.
We run a catering business and have a venue located in the North Shore. Alongside that, I also run Endo Empowered and am of course completing my Naturopath degree.
Tidbits about me:
- I will never wear a completely black outfit – even for a funeral. The last funeral I attended I was wearing incredibly colourful and fun stockings underneath my black dress!
- I would never order vanilla flavoured ice-cream or wear beige!
- My natural nature is to rebel against the norm and do the exact opposite of what someone tells me to do. I hate being told what to do and certainly what is possible to achieve.
- My favourite day would have to have been when James & I got married in Majorca.
- My most scary experience was white water rafting the Zambezi in Zimbabwe.
- My favourite movie is Limitless with Bradley Cooper (that certainly adds to it!).
- I own several pairs of shoes and have an obsession with boots of different shapes and colours.
- I’ve been known to dance around the living room by myself in the middle of the day.
- I get bored with the same old hairstyle and clothes so I change those regularly and love shopping at opportunity shops.
It is lovely to connect with you and I look forward to helping you within your own endo journey.
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