Aubree was 29 when she was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Now 33, she lives in Colorado and has found not only acceptance of her disease, but peace. And she’s found her healing through self-love and a natural holistic approach. She has even written a book about her journey and her path to inner-peace and healing.
Aubree’s Journey: I suffered with extremely painful periods from the very beginning. I complained about them for years to my doctors, but nobody really paid them much attention. One of my family doctors prescribed me Ibuprofen, but this didn’t touch the pain.
When I was 17, I started on birth control pills, which helped control the pain, so I continued to stay on them for the next ten years, with little thought to the effect they were having on my body. In addition to painful periods, I suffered with migraines and constant fatigue as a teenager and young adult. I got a headache just about every day. To resolve, I popped a Tylenol or Ibuprofen. I was often bloated and suffered at times with awful, embarrassing gas and stomach pains.
I decided to get off of birth control late in my twenties. I wanted to see what life was like without the added hormones. This decision awakened me to a whole new kind of pain. My periods became excruciating again and the pain extended past those times. I was suffering almost every day. I was exhausted, bleeding irregularly and had awful pain after sex. I also started to have bladder pain. I missed days of work when my period started. My co-worked suggested that I could have endometriosis. I had no idea what that was. I started to do research on it and spent some time reading posts in discussion groups. I definitely had all the symptoms.
I sought out an endometriosis specialist and was officially diagnosed via laparoscopy in April 2011. I fell into a deep depression. I was told that there was no cure for endometriosis and that my symptoms were only going to get worse and compromise my fertility. I stressed out about all of it and cried quite often. The daily pain and emotional aspects were very draining. Having read all the negative things about Lupron, I decided not to go down that route. The specialist told me that I was left with two options: get back on the pill or get pregnant as soon as possible. I didn’t want to get back on the pill. Pregnancy was an option, but I didn’t see how this would really be possible considering just how painful sex was.
There came a point when my inner warrior stepped up and I decided to search for another way – a way out of the pain. So I took to the Internet and continued researching. I came across stories of women with endometriosis who were able to manage their pain with diet. With little other options, I decided to give it a try. I started to follow what has been coined “the endo diet”. This was hard at first and very frustrating at times. I struggled with what to eat. The ingredients in the “avoid” list were in pretty much everything I was used to eating. But I stuck with it and I started to feel better. I incorporated more fruits and vegetables into my diet and cut out a lot of the processed foods I was used to eating. I was truly awakened to the impacts of food in my body and just how important this was for how I felt physically and mentally.
My advances in well-being started with changes in my diet, but have been maintained by managing my stress levels. One way that I do this is with Yoga. I believe Yoga has made a tremendous impact on my pain levels and it’s great for my mind, for lowering my stress levels. I’ve also incorporated a meditation practice and do my best to live in a mindful, present manner.Another thing that has helped me on my healing journey is clearing out my detoxification channels to help move out excess estrogens and other toxins from my body.
Up to this point I am down to a “day of pain” with the start of my period and it’s manageable pain. My bladder pain is gone (thank goodness). I don’t feel bloated and gassy like I used to and my headaches are pretty much gone. I’ve managed to get off of all over the counter and prescribed pain medication. I continue to struggle with infertility. I hold on to the hope that one day I will hold a miracle child in my arms. Time shall tell if this will come from my womb or another way. In the meantime I am blessed with a wonderful, supportive husband and two adorable boxers that make me laugh everyday 🙂
Words of Advice for Us: It is possible to feel better with endometriosis. Explore all options. Research and don’t be afraid to step out of the box. I think that the key to healing endometriosis comes from self-love and self-care. It is so important to nourish our bodies, minds and spirits with nutritious foods, and to spend time doing things that bring joy. I also think it’s important to find creative outlets to express ourselves. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. This becomes reality when we stay present with whatever arises. This process is assisted with deep breathing and an awareness of your breath. The pain that follows comes from our reactions. When we stay present with what arises, with no judgement, then its pull weakens. This state encourages a sense of peace and clarity, but it definitely takes some practice 🙂 I’ve learned to let a lot of things go. And I don’t get as worked up about things as I used to, because I realize that it is not worth it to put my body under stress for circumstances that many times are out of my control. For the things that really matter that are out of my control… I pray… to a greater love and presence that I believe connects us all. When things get bad, please remember: you are not alone.
The Last Word: I’ve shared a lot of this knowledge that I’ve gained on healing naturally in my blog at peacewithendo.com and in my first book From Pain to Peace With Endo: Lessons Learned on the Road to Healing Endometriosis.
I want to send a special Thank You out to Aubree for being brave enough to share her personal story, struggle, and victories with us today. You are a beautiful, brave, and strong woman. And thank you for sharing your path to peace and healing with the rest of us! I’m glad you found what works for you! May it work for others! ❤ Yours, Lisa.
And if YOU would like to share your story, please let me know. The best part about this disease is the strong network of love and support from our fellow EndoWarriors, and our friends and family, too.