22 May

My Struggle With Endometriosis

endometriosis; mindset shift; jennifer merchant

Since I was 15, I’ve struggled with endometriosis.

You might even struggle with this yourself as 1 in 10 women have it.

The first time I noticed it, I ended up going to the hospital because the pain was so bad except on the way I ended up getting sick and it was relieved enough so that I didn’t actually go in.

This continued to happen and my mother and I finally linked it to my period and self-diagnosed myself with endometriosis considering she has it really bad and so do the majority of the women in my family (it is a hereditary condition).

When I brought it up to my doctor, they agreed that was what was going on. She immediately put me on a birth control pill to help with the pain and prescribed me some heavy-duty painkillers to take when I needed them.

Basically, she said that was all she could do unless I opted to have surgery or until I was done having kids so that I could get a hysterectomy.

Unfortunately, this is the case for most people who have this condition and I took their word for it.

Except, it kept getting worse over the next 6 years to the point where I would occasionally have to call off of work because I was in so much pain and was stuck crying in bed. I would eventually decide to take the painkillers (I’m not a fan of medicine so I resist as long as possible) and they would kick in enough to let me fall asleep but not enough to let me be a functional person for about 1-3 days.

Then, I discovered my first naturopathic doctor through a podcast (about 1 year ago from today).

I started hearing about how people were healing from these diseases that were supposed to be chronic or incurable and something these people were told they would just have to live with for the rest of their life. It sounded a lot like what I was going through.

This doctor didn’t have the answers for me, but after listening to his podcast almost every day (which I still do), my mindset around my endometriosis started to change.

I had been told that there was nothing that I could do but here were all these other people who were told the same thing and were still changing their situations.

So, I started researching natural remedies for endometriosis and I discovered another naturopathic doctor, Lara Briden, who solely focuses on women’s health. She has a book called The Period Repair Manual. I bought the book and read it and learned so much about the female reproductive system and natural ways to help it.

I started implementing some of her suggestions. I was already taking a good quality multivitamin for a couple months and I also started to cut out gluten and dairy from my diet which was some things that she recommends to start with.

If you are interested in learning about her exact recommendations, I would highly recommend getting her book and reading it as what works for me will most likely be different than what will work for you. She also has a blog you can check out as well.

I started noticing some positive changes so I decided to go off the pill (as I said earlier, I’m not a fan of medicine so I never really wanted to be on this in the first place.) It took about two months to get my period back after stopping the pill but then I got it and guess what? I didn’t even feel it coming!!!

There was a little normal cramping but nothing like what I was used to!! Did I cure my endometriosis? No. But I was able to make some changes to my lifestyle that dramatically made a difference in the way that it affects my life! Who knows how much progress I will be able to make going forward!

I share this story with you to encourage you to trust yourself before anyone else. When someone tells you that you can’t change something or do something, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t even try! I was told by everyone who knows about endometriosis that there is nothing I can do other than go on the pill, take painkillers, get temporary surgery, or get a hysterectomy. On my own, I discovered ways to improve the condition myself without using any of things!

I used to wish that I could just get a hysterectomy at the age of 21 just so I didn’t have to deal with this anymore. Now, I have no plans to get one ever!

So, the next time someone tells you that you can’t change something in your life (even if it is a doctor or everyone you know is saying it), I encourage you to start trusting yourself to do your own research. Because those people might be wrong and you will just end up wasting years dealing with pain that you don’t even need to deal with!

– Jennifer
Mindset & Habit Coach

P.S. – All it takes to start changing something is to change one of your habits! Are you ready to start the process? schedule a free Strategy Session with me today!

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