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!