Endometriosis Can Be Cured – How Claire Broke Free from the Torture of Endometriosis
Claire Arthurs is the author of today’s guest blog.
Are you sick of surgery and drugs? Then sadly you know Claire’s pain. Endometriosis tortured her.
The inner lining of a woman’s womb (her uterus) is called the endometrium. This tissue is made up of endometrial cells.
As you know, every month an egg cell travels from her ovary, down the fallopian tube, into her uterus. The endometrial lining of the uterus thickens to receive this cell.
If the cell is unfertilized, the endometrium breaks down and exits in the woman’s menstrual period.
Endometriosis is when these endometrial cells grow OUTSIDE the uterus. They do the same thing they’d do inside the womb. They get thicker, break down, and bleed. Problem is, because these growths are outside the uterus, the blood can’t flow out of her body!
This trapped blood can result in cysts, scar tissue, and abnormal pain. It’s like cancer — cells growing where they don’t belong.
Come sit in the circle and listen to Claire’s story…
How Could Anything Hurt this Much?
As I sat there with tears streaming down my face, my cheeks burning hot, creased up in agony, I tried to speak. I couldn’t. The pain so was intense, I couldn’t even breathe through it.
The doctors looked at me and I knew what they were thinking — I’m a drama queen, a hypochondriac, or addicted to their morphine. They wouldn’t say it but I knew it’s what they thought.
At the time, if anyone had told me it was down to the food I ate I quite possibly would have punched them!
As the pain in my stomach grew more and more intense, my vision blurred, my skin burnt, my hearing muffled. How could anything hurt this much?
Specialists Without Answers
I spent years in and out of emergency rooms. Doctors told me I was constipated, or it was period pain, or that really I just needed attention.
For five years I heard it all. The pain was always there, lingering in my lower abdomen, day in, day out, but sometimes it would get worse. It would send shooting pains through my entire body and leave me completely crippled.
No one could explain it. As I was passed from specialist to specialist I began to feel as if no one cared. I was exhausted with the constant battle and the constant pain.
Then finally came a breakthrough. During an emergency operation, they found the endometriosis.
Endometrial cells had almost covered all of my internal organs — no wonder it was such agony. Following the operation the doctors suddenly seemed to understand. I felt like they saw me as a completely different person. I was relieved but I was angry.
Endometriosis is a tough disease. Not only can it be painful to live with, but it can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat.
Years of Surgery & Drugs
My feelings of joy and relief due to the diagnosis were short lived. Now came the treatment.
Years of operations, years of hormone based treatments to stop my period, years of hot flushes, agonizing periods, disappoints, fears surrounding fertility and more.
Even though the endometriosis had finally been diagnosed, the real battle had only just begun.
After each operation where they would laser or scrape the endometrium away, came the depression. I didn’t realise it was largely due to the general anesthetic. Although most of the operations were only small key-hole operations, I felt completely wiped out for at least a week each time.
The problem is that endometriosis can come back after surgery. Then I would spend the next 3 to 4 months in deep depression. My appetite disappeared, my energy levels were at an all-time low, all I wanted to do was sleep.
My closest friends and family worried that I was starving myself. They feared that I might have an eating disorder as a result of my depression. They looked into help for eating disorders, but the truth is that the constant, relentless agony was making me depressed — really depressed.
Fortunately I had an understanding employer and somehow I managed to work from home during the bad times. But it wasn’t the life I’m born to live.
After every deep depression I would finally come out the other side. But it got harder every time. After fifteen operations it was only getting harder. Just as I started to feel something like myself again, the next endometriosis attack would kick in.
Doctors tried everything to stop it from returning — the coil, contraception pills, artificially induced menopause — all in a failing attempt to stop my menstrual cycle and keep the endometriosis under control.
Nothing worked, well not for any real length of time. The endometriosis would return, the pain would always stay. I learnt to live with the bad days and cherish the good days, but it was not the life I was meant to lead.
I Change My Diet
I remember lying in bed after the last operation I had, which was almost three years ago now. I was crying my eyes out and feeling really sorry for myself.
I looked up and my eyes stumbled upon a photo frame which has always hung on my bedroom wall. It was a photo of me as a young teenager winning a running race. I looked happy, but more than that I looked pain-free. I was suddenly overcome by the desire to be pain-free again.
Yes, that desire had always been there. But this time, I was going to manage the pain myself. No doctors, no hospitals, no awful hormone treatments. I was going to do it and I was going to do it naturally.
I started to research nutrition and how foods can make a big difference to pain and diseases such as endometriosis. There was a lot of conflicting information out there but I would find my own recipe by trial and error.
It took some time and a lot of patience. Today, although I still suffer from pain now and then, I manage it. I live a much richer, more active life. I live like me again!
What Claire Eats Today
I cut out anything processed. I eat only natural, organic produce which I prepare myself. Some articles I read even suggested that food cartons and plastic wrapping can aggravate endometriosis. I don’t know how much truth is in that but my gut feeling told me to go with it.
I reduced red meat. I banned sugary drinks and caffeine. I reduced my intake of wine and upped my intake of water and fresh fruit juices. I reduced dairy and I increased green and herbal teas. I also stopped wheat — no bread, no pasta, no cakes, no pizza — no wheat.
Going wheat-free made a huge difference to my day-to-day pain and the frequency of the endometriosis attacks. I am sure it’s a combination of all the aspects of my diet that I changed, but it is my firm belief that wheat for me is nothing less than poison.
Today my pain is minimal. My energy and mood are high. Changing my diet changed my life.
P.S. from Val
When you feel pain, the first step you want to take is:
Clean and Feed with Green to Heal :) The more ALIVE the greens, the quicker you will experience results.
ALIVE means you pick your leafy greens a few minutes before eating them.
Have you started your garden? Please show Mother Earth how much you love her…
If you’re in an apartment, begin sprouting micro-greens.
“The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.”
— poem by Dorothy Frances Gurney (1858-1932). Dorothy died 80 years ago and her poetry gives us joy today!
What body of work will you leave behind to enrich the lives of future generations?
Reach for Raw Food and the work will pour out of you, like a poem, like a song from on high :)
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