As most of you have read, I have endometriosis. Up until this episode, I really didn’t know much about it. Truthfully, I just took the word of the doctors & didn’t do any research. Over the past 24 hours I have done a TON of research on what endometriosis is & how to treat it…something I should have done a long time ago.
I have learned that you can rarely get rid of endometriosis. You can manage & make it dormant, but rarely can you say you’ve been cured. That was news to me. All the doctor’s I have talked to have said we will try to rid me of it. Of course, that is the ultimate goal. However, it might be unattainable.
Learning that information really has changed the way I look at this disease. I am now trying to find things that I can do in my daily life to help make this disease much more manageable. Everything that I have found points to my diet & vitamins. I can’t say that I was jumping for joy at this news. Of course the vitamins is easy. However most of the foods that I should stay away from are foods I LOVE like: wheat, red meats, dairy products, refined sugar, caffeine, and the hardest one…chocolate! There are many more on the list of foods that are off-limits. Those are just the ones that really hit me hard. It left me saying, “What can I eat?!” I definitely couldn’t have had the lasagna that I had last night!!
The list of the “bad foods” is much longer than the ok list. I probably won’t follow it to a “T”, but changes are going to have to be made. I’m currently taking Lupron shots that will last for 6 months. My choices were that or a 3rd surgery. Since I’m just shy of being 30, that leaves many years ahead to be dealing with this. Obviously, I can’t take these shots for the rest of my life & it wouldn’t be safe to have surgery after surgery.
So, my mind is made up. A change in my diet is in order. I can’t say I’m excited about it. I will say that I will be cheating on Thanksgiving & Christmas! This will be a hard change since I’m a picky eater. However, if it is a change that will help me be a better wife and mother, it’s a change that needs to be made. I’ll keep you posted!
If you have recipes or ideas to eat organically without killing your pocketbook, I’d LOVE to hear them!!