Day 3 | It is so easy to get caught up in the pain of a situation that you forget there is a purpose that can be found in it. Today during the Endometriosis Photo Challenge, we are sharing about our symptoms, and the one thing I know we all share is pain! Pain can come in many forms that I shared in my last post, but the key is to know that you can get in a better place.
My first Endometriosis video from 2014:
It takes time and a lot of baby steps, and even after 5 years of knowing and tackling my Endo, there is still a lot of things that I am learning. I wanted relief so bad that I tried every treatment and chemical that my doctor offered, and for a couple of years I felt great. Only to realize later, that it was only masking the issue and I had to make a life change.
I went from having a Laparoscopy to being on Lupron for a year that puts you in a menopausal state to being on birth control for 3 years. Those 3 years of being on birth control was great! I mean it wasn’t perfect, but Lord knows I needed that break from years of ER visits and massive amounts of pain pill use.
Being chemically stable has never been ideal for myself. But during that time, I had a clear mind to do research and silent to my body. The first major step I took was getting rid of my pain pills, and I haven’t looked back since that day!
Paying close attention to the foods that would cause me to have flare ups, stressful situations that I need to avoid, toxic relationships that invaded my positive space, the non-existent work-out plan that caused my estrogen levels to sky rocket. This takes time, and the first step is awareness!!
This March is very monumental for me, because this is the first month I am going without taking my birth control. Now to the average women, you would think this is no big deal! But, if you have Endometriosis, you know this is a leap of faith. I’m holding on to hope that my body will recognize that I eat a little differently, I workout a little more, and I am managing my stress in a different way. You see, if I take this leap, only to realize that I am back at square one it’s going to be heartbreaking. Regardless of what may happen, I have to push myself off the ledge or I would continue to hold on to chemicals to keep me in a balanced.
If you are in the Baltimore area, join me at Hotel RL’s Living Stage as I share my journey with Endometriosis. I can’t wait to share the good and the bad, and all the great gifts I have in store! Click the picture below of more info.