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My health journey started in 2016 when I was diagnosed with stage 4 Endometriosis, I had always considered myself reasonably healthy; I ate well and generally lived an active lifestyle. The diagnosis therefore came as quite a shock, I had never really heard of Endometriosis, and had spent some 15 years thinking heavy bleeding, painful cramps, bloating, fainting, mood swings were all normal.

I was however lucky enough to have a gynaecologist at the time that was an Endoscopic surgeon specializing in Endometriosis. I knew I was in good hands and went through a two- hour Laparoscopy surgery. They discovered I had “Kissing ovaries”, a term used when your ovaries wrap around and “touch” each other. Despite the severity of my disorder, they managed to save both my ovaries, something that a lot of women diagnosed with severe Endo aren’t so lucky with.

After my surgery I was told, like all women, the pain and symptoms were something I was going to have to endure for the rest of my life, with a high probability of being back in hospital for more surgeries when it grows back again. I was advised to go on a contraceptive pill specifically for Endometriosis, in order to minimize the growth by preventing ovulation. I was additionally directed to take over- the- counter painkillers for the pain and inflammation. After I realized the pill wasn’t agreeing with me, I tried the Mirena, which too had been recommended for Endo sufferers. My body rejected the Mirena after a few months.

Around the same time as my diagnosis, I had started to develop severe anxiety and mild depression. Again, I was prescribed medication for my anxiety. I had reached a real low point, perhaps even my personal dark night of the soul where I knew something had to change. I knew there had to be a better way, a more natural way to heal my body from all its imbalances. I didn’t want to live on medication or with chronic pain and anxiety for the rest of my life. It was debilitating.

It was then that I decided it was time to take charge of my own health. I slowly got myself off all prescribed medication, and contraceptives and adopted a more natural way of living. I started following holistic health practitioners, listening to podcasts and reading inspirational healing stories - stories of people who had reversed chronic illness naturally and removed disease from their bodies, all through healing foods and lifestyle change.

Fast-forward a few years later and I am no longer reliant on painkillers nor suffer from painful debilitating symptoms. I have regular periods with no bloating, cramps or blood clots. I have not needed another surgery for Endometriosis.

Throughout this journey of self-discovery, I came to understand the integral connection between diet and well-being, and just how important our gut health is for our overall health and wellness. Changing my lifestyle and naturally healing from chronic illness inspired me to become a Health Coach and help others achieve the same goals and reach an understanding of what it means to live well and be in optimal health.

Your journey to better health starts with a single step!

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