If there was ever a condition in need of awareness, endometriosis is it. Most people I meet today haven’t heard of endometriosis, even though one in ten women have it.
I first heard about it from a co-worker. She mentioned it to me after I missed another day of work, because of the excruciating pain with my period.
When I turned to the Internet to learn more about this mysterious condition, I was faced with dire news that left me feeling sad and hopeless. There’s no cure. It’s only going to get worse. You may never get pregnant.
Fear flowed through my body. I couldn’t imagine things getting worse. The pain was already excruciating and it was impacting every day of my life. What if I’m never able to have children of my own?
Please don’t lose hope.
I’m grateful for the positive stories I found online from other ladies with endometriosis. These ladies were able to manage their pain through natural methods.
This gave me hope and provided another option outside of what the doctors offered, which was limited to synthetic hormonal treatments and future surgeries.
The pain from endometriosis forced me down a new path of wellness. Since that time I’ve been able to naturally manage endometriosis and feel better than I have in years!
I’ve made it my mission to share a light within this community of women with a disease that can bring with it a lot of darkness.
Because I remember that darkness all too well.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with endometriosis, or know someone who has, please don’t lose hope.
Here’s ten things I wish I knew when I first heard the word “endometriosis”.
#1.) It’s possible to feel better without the drugs offered.
After I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis in 2011, the treatment options offered to me were to get back on birth control pills or take Lupron, a GnRH inhibitor that turns off your body’s natural estrogen production.
Both of these options impact the workings of your brain and have long-term impacts on your mental and physical health.
While these options might help temporarily, they are not long-term solutions and carry with them many side effects. Please research the impacts before blindly putting them into your body. Consider all options and what’s best for your body.
#2.) What you eat plays a big role in how you feel.
Steer clear of inflammatory foods and drinks such as processed wheat, dairy, fried foods, sugar and alcohol and instead fill your body with nutritious foods. Think fruits and veggies. Super foods.
#3.) Nearly 80% of your immune system’s in the lining of your gut.
If you can get your digestive system in order your body will have a much better chance at healing itself, resulting in less pain and digestive issues. (Here’s a simple way to strengthen your digestion.)
#4.) Pay attention to what you put on your skin.
Endometriosis is fueled by excess estrogen. Many of the products that we come in contact with have xenoestrogens in them. These are chemical imitators of estrogen that linger in your body. Avoid them. (I’m a big fan of 100% Pure. Check them out here.)
#5.) Find ways to manage stress.
Stress plays a big role with your hormones and can create an inflammatory reaction in your body. Life is stressful. It’s not going to go away. Find ways to implement stress-reducing activities into your day. I’ve had success with meditation, massage therapy, yoga, coloring and infrared sauna time.
Sometimes all it takes is a couple of long deep breaths to calm things down. (Check out my guided breathing exercises here).
#6.) It’s Ok to rest.
Your body goes through so much. Don’t feel guilty if you have to say “no”, if you have to call into work, if you don’t get done all that needs to get done. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
#7.) Find support.
Living with a misunderstood invisible illness is tough. Especially when it’s one that impacts your fertility. It’s really helpful to connect with other ladies who understand.
I remember when I was first diagnosed with endometriosis and how fearful I was of all the negative information I was pulling in. I had to separate myself from that.
I became conscious of the energy that I was around and shifted towards a community of women who believed that they could get better.
I started a group for positive ladies who support natural methods on Facebook. It’s called Finding Peace With Endo. You can join here.
#8.) Find a way to creatively express yourself.
A creative outlet gives you space to release. Sometimes it’s hard to express otherwise. Perhaps you like to write, sing, paint, cook, crochet or color. This helps get your mind off the pain and into the present moment.
#9.) You are whole and complete.
It’s easy to get down on your body, to feel broken. Remember that your body is only a shell to something much bigger. The true you is perfect. The acknowledgement of the separation from my physical shell helped me deal with the notion of a life with chronic pain.
The pain part was not “me”. This notion helped me find a bigger purpose and lead me down a path towards true peace.
#10.) Love is greater than fear.
When you pause and reconnect with your true self via meditation or creative activity, you tap into a space of love. I believe this is a direct pathway to a higher source of love and peace.
Faith is what keeps me moving in a positive direction. Regardless of what goes on outside, it helps me to know that it’s all going to be Ok.
On the Positive Side?
Endometriosis forced me to take better care of myself. It took me down a road to great discoveries and a truth that it’s possible to feel better. I’m here to remind you of that.
If you want to dig deeper into the lessons I’ve learned on my journey with endometriosis, check out my book: From Pain to Peace With Endo.
If you need further support and guidance I do offer one-on-one health coaching. Find out more & schedule time to chat with me here.
Please know that you are not alone in this love. Don’t lose hope.