When I first started this blog, I was a little hesitant on the word “cure”. Mainly I think because when you use that word, people instantly come back with a clear statement: Ëndometriosis cannot be cured. It got me wondering though…. what is considered a cure? Does it mean that if we cannot find a pill to “fix”the problem, there is no cure? Is this what it means to you?
What does “cured”really mean?
To me, it means that we no longer have symptoms, of any kind. We don’t have pain when we have our period. We don’t have excess bleeding or clotting and we don’t have bloating. It means, we have nothing – no pain, no symptoms and we feel 100% good throughout our entire body.
Here’s the question though – do we need a confirmation that the Endometriosis is completely gone, to truly feel “cured”? Is being symptom free enough, in our minds, to feel that Endometriosis has truly left us? Or will we always worry that it is hiding or as doctors may call it – ïn remission? Do we need another operation to prove that it is gone? I find that one kinda ironic.
What about other symptoms that we might mistake for Endometriosis? Does it matter what they are called?
Here’s the thing. There are so many “symptoms”of an imbalanced liver function. One could be Endometriosis, one could be an inflammatory bowel or bladder. They all have very similar symptoms to Endometriosis. What then? Do we need a new label on why we still have pain in our abdominal area?
The thing is, what we need to realise is, Endometriosis is ultimately a label. Sure, it makes us feel better knowing we can attribute the pain to something, but it is still just a label, telling us that there is a problem – an imbalance in our bodies. Whether we label this – Endometriosis or Colitis or any other inflammatory condition you can think of, it all comes down to an imbalance. That imbalance uses the same strategies to heal, that I suggest in this blog. The reality is, whether you have been given the label of “Endometriosis”or not, the process and what you would do, to feel better would be the same regardless of what it is you may have, that is causing you pain.
One thing that I have realised is that when we place this stigma on Endometriosis, that “It cannot be cured”, we inevitably face a feeling of helplessness, of lack of control or being able to do anything to get better. It is like, someone has given us a death sentence, that we just have to deal with. I don’t believe that. I believe ANYTHING can be cured. The challenge is not whether there is a way, it is just finding what that way is. For each of that it may be different. For many of us, it is emotional but for some, just making good lifestyle changes is enough to make that difference.
I think it is hard to believe there is a cure, when you listen to doctors within the western medicine practice. Things can only be “cured” through a pill or through therapies, which mostly cause more harm on the body than good. We become indoctrinated into this belief system and I believe it truly limits our healing. By believing there is “no cure”, I believe we stop searching and stop trying. We simply learn to accept the status quo, this pain, this life of half… half living is what having Endometriosis is.
I have come to realise that this reality, unfortunately plagues many, many women around the world and that it simply doesn’t need to.
If you branch out, search deeper, look into avenues you had never thought of before, you will find different answers. Answers that can truly open your eyes to the real potential that: “There is a cure!” Yes, they are sometimes scary and some may seem a little odd or hard to believe but they do exist… just keep searching and please, please NEVER GIVE UP!
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I just read this article and just realized that it dates back to 2011!!!
Even now, in 2019, I personally feel it is as up to date as it would have been back then.
Therefore I thank You for reposting.
I LOVE and agree with every single statement You’ve made!
My cure probably is a combination between learning how to manage the pain propperly by changing my lifestyle, understanding and accepting the lesson Endo is giving me and being OK with people not understanding (how could they???) to the point where I stop feeling guilty but also stop explaining myself to others about Endo.
My cure is to rediscover, understand and improve myself while I enjoy every moment of my life.
Who ever thinks that life should be all rainbows and sunshine probably does not understand what life is all about ????.
Yes, you can do a lot to reduce or eliminate the pain.
1. Liver flush, follow with another liver flush two weeks later.
2. Colon Cleanse ( cleanstart from Natures Sunshine is the best.)
3. Drink a 6 t0 8 oz water cup of warm water with baking soda, one tea spoon
in the morning one in the evening.
4. Take Female Comfort from natures sunshine to reduce your period pain.
From your pharmacy, get Lydia Pinkham old fashioned.
5. Use water and baking soda to regularly cleanse yourself.
Boost up your inmune system, a good juice every morning will keep you
strong. Use one or two carrots, 1/2 beat, parsley,5 0r 6 spinach leave,
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 2 or 3 spoons of honey, add 1 cup of apple
juice and blend. Drink with pulp cause the fiber will help keep your colon clean.
This routine is been very sucessful. I hope it help you.
Thanks Julie! Glad Apples make you think of me!
I agree with what you say! I think I will know when I am completely healed 🙂 I also agree that I wish I had never gone on the hormonal stuff for contraception! Boy do I wish I hadn’t done that!
Thanks for reading! Hugs back! Mel
A cure for me would be to become symptom free. I do not need a doctors confirmation to tell me if I am free of endo. I believe if I would of just did what my doctor said by taking birth control and not adjusting anything else in my life that I would be way worse off than I am now. The mind can be pretty powerful when it comes to healing. I believe what we think of is what we eventually become. Great article!:) I was at Whole Foods and bought some organic gala apples that came from New Zealand. They made me think of you. 🙂 Hope you are doing well! Thanks for all the research you do!
Hi Kate and welcome to my blog 🙂
It is nice to get some Kiwi readers on board! I am sorry to hear of your struggles with your first period. You are so right that you are lucky to have kids and that this is your first bad one…. in ages I assume. It does get easier and I am sure the next one will be a little easier. Just start making some little changes – mainly in what you eat and you will start to heal your body from the inside out. It is my pleasure and I hope you find heaps of answers and join the list of success stories! 🙂
Big hugs, Melissa
I am a fellow kiwi and have stumbled across your blog while my husband is trying to encourage me to watch a movie that he has rented- rather then watch the latest shoot ’em up I decided that it was time to do some research on how to get off my pain-killers and start leading a life that allows e to do everything that I want to do, despite having endo.
I am one of the lucky ones who hasn’t had too many problems with fertility and have two beautiful children, I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding non-stop for the last 3 years and this week something happened that I have been dreading- my first period 🙁
Through my pregnancies everyone told me that after having babies, periods would be a non-event, not in my case as it turns out- I’ve spent the best part of the last 5 days in bed on some really strong pain-killers- with a 2.5 year old and a 10month old I just can’t afford to do that ever again so it is time for some serious changes- I will be following your blog closely to pick up all of the tips that I can-
Thank you for the wonderful knowledge you are sharing with us- I am looking forward to sharing my success stories with you and your blog community. XoxoX
It is my pleasure Tani! I hope you do too! 🙂 You can get there!
Hi Melissa, thanks for such an inspiring post. I love the idea of a ‘cure’! Why not aim for the stars? It’s a lovely view! I’m one of those women whose symptoms related to the severity. Although doctors say that some women don’t have any symptoms and only find that they have endo when they try and conceive (and can’t). So I hope to be symptom-free and endo in remission, one day soon.