I know it is sometimes fun to go back over our lives and recognise the important lessons we have learnt within it. I certainly have learnt a whole heap and I am very glad I took the journey that I did—mainly so I can speak from experience of not just pain but also being stuck on nasty medications and hormones.
The other day I received an email from a young girl who has only just found out she has endometriosis. My heart went out to her and that strange motherly instinct took over. I wanted to go there, hug her and tell her that everything will be okay. I wanted to guide her and try and give her as much information on what to do, so she could make better decisions for herself. I wanted to present everything I have learned and given her the best head start for dealing with endometriosis.
So, I thought I would share what I feel would be of huge benefit to her and to you if you are only just starting out.
1. Hormonal Treatments
I wish I had never taken these… ever! I wish I wasn’t convinced about taking the pill or taking Danazol or any of it. I feel so strongly that it was taking these that has thrown out my natural balance in my body and left a mountain of toxins, which my body is still trying to work through. They threw out my hormones, my digestion and compounded the toxic load on my liver.
2. Looking after my Liver
I wish I hadn’t taken so many painkillers and looked after my liver a little more. I bombarded my poor liver with headache tablets or painkillers almost daily. Not just that… I gave it some good doses of alcohol and junk food just to make sure.
See, our liver regulates our hormones and this will directly contribute to our pain levels and the growths of endometriosis. We need to look after our liver!
3. Dietary Changes
Though I had read about the Endometriosis Diet many times, I just struggled to convince myself of its benefits. Perhaps I was just not committed enough or perhaps I didn’t want to believe it but it took me a long time to adapt to it—10years later I am actually following it!
To those ladies out there who are new to all this… The Endometriosis Diet really does work! It will transform your pain levels—they will go away! It is unbelievable how much our diet plays a role in how we feel and yet for so many years, I never made the connection: what we put in is what we get out.
The biggest changes are to cut out inflammatory foods like gluten, meat, dairy and sugar.
4. This isn’t the end of the world
I think, at the time I felt like my life was over. I felt trapped by endometriosis. I let it trap me! I was helpless toward it and it became my entire life—or rather “lack” of life. I canceled things all the time, I took on less stressful jobs and I simply made endometriosis more powerful. I wallowed in Endo for years!
I know now that we can quite easily live with endometriosis, although my mission is to get rid of it completely. It is completely controllable and manageable. It doesn’t rule my life anymore. It doesn’t even have a say anymore. I have taught Endo to SHUT-UP.
It takes discepline, like you would discipline a child. It takes time and it takes commitment but honestly my life is completely different and I can finally do anything I want. It only took me 10 years to work that out!
I only have pain for one day a month now and it is completely manageable—don’t even need to take painkillers for it!
5. Don’t keep it to yourself
I know for years I was ashamed about having endometriosis. I felt broken. I felt “less woman” and it made me think so little of myself. I never realised just how many women there were in the world with endometriosis and that I could find others who were traveling a similar journey to me! It was only through this blog that I got the amazing pleasure of meeting them all!
You are not alone and there is support for you online or in support groups in person. Don’t be scared to share and to be vulnerable with Endo. You will meet the best friends you could ever have, who will understand you and support you through all of it—without the impending questions.
I want to catch you, catch you before you choose that different road. The road that I chose for the first 10 years of Endo! The one filled with pain, tears and operations. The one with false hope and simply plastering over the symptoms. The one with added side effects, unknown symptoms and endless attempts to find the right hormonal treatment. I want you to choose the better road, the one I have finally found.
It is a road with hope and energy and joy. It is a road with endless possibilities and support and real healing. It is the road of natural healing for endometriosis. It is about giving our bodies all that it needs to heal—super nutrient-dense foods! It is about letting out anger and stress. It is about finding a way to move that works for you and a way to detox to cleanse your body.
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