I recently had an ultrasound to keep an eye on the size of my buddy the cyst and found that it is again almost the size of a small lemon. Oh joy. Even though my cyst has grown, and is giving me some discomfort as of late, I still feel that working with my naturopath has been a life changing experience. With her help I have come off of the synthetic hormone medications prescribed to me to manage this pesky cyst (which weren't working much I might add) and have been almost a year without any major pain. Discomfort at times, yes. But no debilitating pain, and certainly no explosions. I think I also have to give credit to the knowledge I gained from my two book purchases:
|The Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program: A Complete Self-Help Plan for Improving Health and Well-Being by Valerie Ann Worwood and Julia Stonehouse (May 18 2007)|
|Recipes for the Endometriosis Diet by Carolyn Levett(Dec 1 2007) .|
I learned a lot from both of these books on what changes I could make in my life to help make this disease more managable instead of it managing me. I did infact put some of their suggestions into effect but mostly the suggestions they had around nutrition. I have started to revisit these writings as I feel that it might be time for me to step it up a bit. As I mentioned in another post, I have been living symbiotically with this buddy. Now I want it gone. I don't know if I can achieve this without surgery, but I'm sure as hell going to give it my all so it no longer has the power to interfere with my wellbeing.
I am a fairly private person. And I wouldn't normally be standing on a soap box sharing such details about my medical/health issues. But one of my goals in writing this blog is to share with others the knowlege I have gained in hopes that it can help another. If you or someone you know has endometriosis, I recommend reading the two books mentioned above. If you have other suggestions to share with me, I gladly welcome them - please share them with me.