If you were to round up a group of 10 women, at least one of them will have Endometriosis.
It is one of the most common diseases, but most people have never heard of it. And of those women who have been medically diagnosed, it usually takes over 10 years to get an accurate diagnosis. There are several reasons for this.
Barriers to Proper Diagnosis of Endometriosis:
- Occurs with other complex chronic illnesses
- Mimics other diseases [Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), for example]
- Significant Psychological Toll
- Getting a doctor to actually believe what is viewed as a self-diagnosis since an official diagnosis can only be confirmed by surgery.
- It’s considered a Diagnosis of Exclusion – meaning all other possibilities are ruled out first
- Impacts everyone differently, so the symptoms are not always clear
Personally, before I finally received a Laparoscopic Surgery (incision at the belly button using a tiny camera to look around the abdomen), I spent YEARS running into and being run over by these barriers. It was exhausting, both physically and mentally, switching from one form of birth control to another…one doctor to the other…an endless number of pap smears and procedures…and this was all before the age of 28. The doctor who did my colonoscopy that year told me I was the youngest patient on his yearly calendar. This was not a compliment. I had been poked and prodded so much that all modesty had gone out of the window.
This is a bleak reality for most people dealing with chronic illnesses and probably why most people understandably HATE going to the doctor in general.
BUT, WAIT! There is good news!
Singing from the mountain tops:
“YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT TO GET THAT DIAGNOSIS!”
No matter if you suspect you have Endometriosis, Heart Diseases, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, or any other illness, YOU don’t have to run through all those barriers, burdening your mental and physical health. YOU can make meaningful changes to your diet and lifestyle NOW! YOU have the power to heal yourself naturally!
I remember feeling sooooo EMPOWERED once I learned to practice this secret to health.
It all starts with DIET. The body is always seeking to heal and balance itself. Food IS FUEL. The problem is that most of us feed it the wrong fuel. You are not going to put Diesel in an engine that requires Unleaded gas. In the same way, when we eat junk in the place of fruits and vegetables, we cannot expect our bodies to function properly. The food we eat is killing us. As simple (or silly) as it may sound, your illness may just be an allergic reaction to the bad fuel that has become your diet.
You are not crazy. You really are sick. No one else can tell you how you feel because they are not in your body. BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO TELL YOU THAT BEFORE YOU START MAKING A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.
Having a reliable medical practitioner to monitor your health is of great benefit. But it is unrealistic to expect anyone else to care about your body more than you do. A little work goes a long way, and there is not a more worthy use of your time than learning yourself. You cannot perform surgery on yourself, but you can take steps to ensure that surgery doesn’t have to be an option.
In the words of Hippocrates: