Living with Endometriosis
When I was about 15 years old I started to have really bad cramps, I couldn’t get out of bed, my stomach was a mess, I peed all the time & did NOT participate in any sports or special actives. I went to my gynecologist about all this & she said she thought I had some crazy long named disease that started with the word “END”.
I had no idea what to think or how to feel.
I was left feeling angry, alone & I ended up turning to food for comfort.
My doctor went on maternity leave shortly after & never came back. This lead me having to find a new doctor and then by the age of 19 I was through many tests, pills, shots & went to see every specialist there was. I was diagnosed with IBS, possible Crohn’s Disease, an abnormally small bladder where my lining was deteriorating & my favorite:
“Sorry but nothing came back on the tests.
Let’s try this to see if it helps… ”
It wasn’t until I was 26 that I reached a point of total exhaustion that I begged for a Laparoscopy to finally found out if I had endometriosis or not and in November 2012 I was officially diagnosed.
At my first follow up after the surgery I was shown pictures of my insides, told the chances of me getting pregnant were slim & my only option was to continue birth control pills or get this shot that would shut down my hormones.
I sat there looking at my hands with tears in my eyes & simply told my doctor “Ok.”
I went home, took a hot bath & went straight to bed with my heating pad. I couldn’t think about anything. But I woke up the next morning & realized neither of those sounded like a good idea.
How could shutting down my entire system be any good for my insides when they are already a HOT MESS?
I’ve been on birth control since I was 15 so I know that won’t work or it would have by now! I called my doctor & told him I was going to go off all my medications & take myself on as my very first Holistic Health client. He laughed at me, said “Talk soon!” & that was it. That was 2 years ago.
Now, years later, I have changed my entire life – gone off all medications, changed my career to helping others, putting myself first, eliminating unnecessary stress & most importantly calmed my Endo Monster DOWN!
Now how I did this you ask??? Following a Holistic way of life is not for everyone. You have to be open, willing & accepting of new things. Its scary, sometimes I wanted to break down & I still have bad days. But if you want a change bad enough, it is worth it.
I provide meal plans, meal guides, exercises to ease back into moving, taking care of yourself from the inside out & truly LIVING a healthy happy life to all of my clients.
This site is dedicated to that & to all my sisters who are READY for that change!
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Meredith Gersten is a fitness, whole foods & lifestyle expert in helping women with autoimmune diseases take control of their health through fitness & whole foods by teaching them alternative ways to live the lifestyle they dream of without any pains. Meredith is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (AADP), certified TurboKick, PiYo & INSANITY Fitness Instructor & a Beachbody coach (recommends at home fitness and workout programs). Meredith's philosophy is to take charge of your health, gain back parts of your life that became struggles from diseases. Focusing on Family, Relationships, Career, Spirituality, Finances - this is what it means to be healthy, happy and whole.