I know, you probably don’t think of endometriosis as something beautiful. Most of the time we spend far too much time cursing and wishing it away but there is a beautiful side to having endometriosis that I have discovered. It manages to fill me up with a deep love, gratitude and an amazing sense of self, which I never believed possible. It has been my indirect blessing for having endometriosis and sharing it with the world.
This beautiful side is often not available to many women with endometriosis. These women live in shame, in hiding about their endometriosis and they wish that they could just somehow conceal their pain and somehow find a way to just get through each day. The more they fight the endometriosis, the more its voice seems to perk up and they spend such a huge part of their day using up huge amounts of energy in just fighting the strongest desire to break down and cry. I know this feeling well and endured many years of experiencing endometriosis just like this. Hiding, wishing and hoping. Hating, angry, resentful. I didn’t want anyone to know. I wanted to be strong and I certainly would never be caught crying in front of anyone. I spent many nights just wondering how to get through it all. I felt so terribly alone. So lost, confused and fumbling for answers.
Imagine a place where you could be connected and feel virtual hugs from around the world. Imagine a place where you could ask any question about anything and have everything answered. Imagine meeting other women with endometriosis that could reduce the burden of your load with it. That they could share in your pain, support you on your healing journey, and guide you with the steps you want to take. That in this place you would meet the most amazing women, who gave you so much inspiration for healing, gave you a wonderful free feeling of acceptance and ultimately supported you to feel better. This place exists.
I created a support group over a year ago. It is such a beautiful space and it has shown me the truly beautiful side of endometriosis. It is the love and support given and shared freely by so many women from around the world. Without knowing each other, we have come together and have given for each other. This is truly such a beautiful thing.
It still amazes me that we have all found each other. Women with the same giving abilities, the same compassion and love. It is truly awesome! We have women from across the globe, from all different cultures and nationalities, who can come together and just be there for each other. It is like our own little family.
I don’t think many of these women realize just how special they are and how much their giving and support helps other women.
I received the most beautiful email today from a young girl, who has been within the group and following the various comments and responses. Though she didn’t feel quite confident enough to ask any questions at the beginning, she felt such a sense of love and acceptance just from reading what the other members had written. She couldn’t believe that such a fantastic place existed for women with endometriosis. There was no bitchiness or nasty negative talk, no one telling her she was silly or that she shouldn’t do certain things because they wouldn’t work anyway! She could share anything and ask anything and she would always receive an answer. One that was able to guide her and truly help and most importantly give her real hope that she would feel better.
I can’t tell you how amazing these kind of emails make me feel. I feel such a sense of pride for starting this group but mostly I feel gratitude and love for all the women who have come together to create such a space.
So, I wanted to thank you all personally for creating the most amazingly beautiful space for all of us with endometriosis. I also want you to realize just how many lives you touch, without always realizing it.
Endometriosis can be beautiful. We just have to focus our lens on the things that reveal it to us.
PS. If you would like to join the Support Group, please follow the link.
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Not at all Iris. If you check out my mini series on how to use food for the body, this might help you: http://www.eatendohappy.com.
It explains it so much easier than I can in a simple response 🙂
Thank you so much Sarah. It is so wonderful that your boss was able to give you the support you needed, just based on one blog post 🙂 Wow! My words do have power 😉 LOL
I am in New Zealand now, so if you ever need to chat feel free to email me and I can give you my mobile – email@example.com
This isn’t the first time posting on your awesome site, however it is probably one of the first times I have about this subject. I like many endo girls, have suffered through the whole thing of feeing like it was all in their head. I am an early childhood teacher and many view us as soppy, needy, emotional people. I am not; however at certain times of the month I am! LOL. It was your site, that once i ‘d had the diagnosis and found your 20 top endo symptoms section and printed it out for my boss; that she fully understood what I was going through. She started to see that I wasn’t just someone that wore their heart on their sleeve but that there was real and biological reasons for being the way I was. Because of this she is more understanding. And can often pick up the days when I am in more pain than others based simply on the way I move. You have been a godsend in the first few years and continue to be helpful years later. For this I thank you.
Pleasure hun and thank you for being such a massive supporter of my work and for being the most fabulous Administrator in the group 🙂
Love this post Mel 🙂 I am not sure where I would be without the amazing support group you started. These women are truly beautiful inside and out. I think women with endo have a greater compassion and understanding, perhaps because we do go through so much and because this pain hits the core of our womanhood. Thank you again for all that you do. Much love.
Thanks for your reply. I think that if you have pain that diminishes with diet, then you know that diet helpa. But for women who don’t have pain, it might be harder to stick with a diet. But if I understand you correctly tou mean that diet is still important. But what does the food do? Is there anyway to get rid of existing endometriosis, I mean endometiosis-tissue or adhesions (or what it’s called in english), can they shrink or go away? With diets and supplements? I am a new reader so sorry if I ask questions that you already have answered 🙂
Glad you like it 🙂
It will help your whole body. The diet is like our fuel and when we don’t eat right it affects everything in our bodies. It will help with healing and pain. Pain is merely a signal from the body that something isn’t right. Hope this helps. Hugs and enjoy your healing journey.
Thank you so much for your blog! This is the first time I post here. Do you think that the endo diet is good only if you get pain symptoms with endo – or for everyone with endo? Does the diet only affect the pain levels, or does it also actually help with the healing? Do you understand what ai mean? Have a wonderful day!