For Endometriosis Awareness Month I wanted to share my story with endometriosis and how difficult it has been to navigate for over 20 years.
Why I chose a fruitful life over struggling to conceive with endomrtriosis.
I was able to hold it together for so long, with the endometriosis pain running my life, and the new diagnosis of an immune disease changing my life forever. I could hold it together while I was alone in Vancouver, but then I moved. I moved a day late because of a pancreatitis flare that… Continue reading The Chair Technique
There is a process that happens in the body overtime when a threat is persistent. Ideally, something causing a threat to the body would be temporary, and the body is equipped to send pain signals and therefore protect the body from whatever is causing the pain. Think about how quickly your brain tells you to… Continue reading Central Sensitization from Endometriosis
I wanted to do a post about medical marijuana as I think this is such an important topic. The legalization of these products has opened the eyes of individuals who would not normally smoke a joint - let's say - to explore the effects of cannabis on pain, as these products are becoming more accepted… Continue reading Cannabis for chronic pelvic pain
We have this notion - or perhaps a false hope - that excision surgery is going to miraculously take away all the pain and suffering leading up to this day. And, while excision is the gold standard of diagnosing and treating endometriosis, it is always good to be prepared for lingering AND new symptoms that… Continue reading Primary vs Secondary Dysmenorrhea
It all starts with not knowing. I mean think about when you first got your period. Aside from maybe the moms who they themselves had/have endometriosis, did anyone sit you down and tell you what to expect if you have painful periods? Did anyone give you a hotline to call if your cycle is out… Continue reading Not knowing IS the battle
As I navigate this journey I realize that there are so many people out there who are trying to navigate the same waters. So, I wanted to take a step back and share how I was diagnosed with thoracic/diaphragmatic endometriosis in case there are others who need this right now. I had an ablation in… Continue reading How They Diagnosed Me With Diaphragmatic Endometriosis
We all say it, right? I know my body. I know when something is wrong. I know that something is suspiciously right. When you are sick 99% of the time, you know how your body feels with every sway and every stumble, and every new stimulus. You know all the different kinds of pain: from… Continue reading Excision Surgery Part 2: I Know My Body
For those of you who are still on the edge of their seat waiting to hear about what’s been happening with my endo journey, here goes. To recap, back in February I asked to see my Gyn because Orilissa was eliciting dark suicidal thoughts (not tendencies, thank goodness). At that time they told me to… Continue reading Excision Surgery Part 1: From The OR To My Bed