When my medical insurance refused to cover a new medication that would dramatically help to relieve my ongoing symptoms from endometriosis, the doctor’s office filled out all the necessary paperwork needed for me to get the medication for free for an entire year. To say I was thankful and relieved didn’t come close to what I truly felt. I could finally go to work during my periods! I could stand upright and actually walk from one room to the next without having to remain in a bent over position. I didn’t have to be confined to my bed, suffering with a swollen belly, a sore abdomen and pain in my lungs each time I took in a deep breath. It was amazing to finally experience some normalcy with my monthly cycle!
But my year of the free medication was over and, for some reason, none of my doctors wished to even prescribe the medication to me again! Talking to the doctors, calling my healthcare provider, and speaking directly to the company that makes the medication were all so frustrating, discouraging and ineffective. I grew angrier by the minute, realizing that in my case, having medical insurance meant absolutely nothing. Because the medication was new and so expensive, my medical insurance didn’t want to have anything to do with it, despite the fact that when I was on it, my condition improved. In fact, it truly dramatically improved my daily activities and my quality of life!
That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands.
There had to be a way I could naturally combat this affliction that has been tormenting me for so many years. Did I want to be on a medication for the rest of my life for a condition that could possibly be treated with a healthier diet? I started my research. What foods should I stay away from? Which vitamins could help relieve my symptoms? I then searched for books that were geared towards incorporating a healthier lifestyle through diet for the treatment of endometriosis. I found several books on Amazon but only one stood out to me based on customers’ reviews.
I ordered The 4-Week Endometriosis Diet Plan by Katie Edmonds, NTC. The book explains what endometriosis is and its connection to nutrition. It includes over 70 recipes that are rich in vegetables, healing spices, healthy fats, and wild, pastured, or grass-fed meats. I was so excited to start off on a journey where I focused on my food with an intention to not just satisfy my hunger, but to quiet the affliction that had recently taken a turn for the worse. Perhaps it was a blessing that my insurance wouldn’t accept the medication. I never much paid attention to some of the foods I ate because I never considered it an issue. But learning about how some of the foods recommended in the book are meant to help heal and nurture the body had me believing in the power of making healthier decisions.
Here, I will be chronicling my healthy eating journey and the way it makes me feel. I’ll be observing Dan’s level of patience with my new venture and how it is also affecting him. And with the support of my twin sister, I vow to make this my success story. Using my blog to record my experience through this will certainly hold me accountable.
I think this is a big and important step for me in taking charge of my symptoms and my overall health. I am so excited to be sharing my journey and my results with you!