I don’t know about you, but when I have a REASON I am better able to do what I am supposed to do.
Do you have so many things that you “should” be doing for your health, but have a hard time actually sticking to them? Most of the women I speak with struggle to find the time, wish they knew what to prioritize, and aren’t sure how to stay motivated to continue their healthy habits for the long term.
When it comes to my own self-care, one of my top motivations is the fact that I have endometriosis.
For Endometriosis Awareness Month this year, I thought I’d share with you a bit about my personal journey and how I turned my fear and frustration into empowerment and commitment to my own health. If you want more info to “Get in the Know About Endo,” see my past blog article here or check out the documentary film “Endo What?” here.
While in naturopathic medical school, I decided to go off of the birth control pills I had been on for over ten years. Due to family history, I knew I might have endometriosis (endo), and within only a few months, severe pain landed me in emergency surgery.
I was terrified to get my period again afterwards, so I went on a strong hormonal therapy to prevent it for the next year. I remember feeling so lost and scared during that time until I joined an Endometriosis Association support group, saw a few specialists, and learned how other women handled this condition. Because I was in school, I also dove into learning everything I could about endometriosis, pelvic health, women’s hormones, and how to restore my health naturally. I discovered many strategies that to this day help me to balance my hormones, digestive system and immune system.
Then, instead of being driven by fear, I learned to connect with and care for my body, explore various treatment options with an open but discerning mind, and ultimately listen to my body’s signals. I discovered what worked and what didn’t so that I could feel vital in my life and at peace in my body.
I then went on to specialize in women’s health in my private practice, and found that I could successfully support other women on this type of journey. After being diagnosed with a painful chronic disease, I have been able to find the silver linings. I have turned my experience into a very proactive and fulfilling life, where I can give to others and also maintain a high commitment to self-care.
There are many other long term, big picture “reasons” for me to want to be healthy, too. I want to have a bigger impact in the world and be able to inspire more women through my work. I want to be able to enjoy time with my son as he grows up and I want to have a have long life ahead with my husband. I want to stay active and healthy so I can continue to enjoy all that life brings in the upcoming years and decades. And I know that ALL of this makes it “worth it” to make healthy choices and take great care of myself now.
I’m always curious to find out from my patients, and I encourage you to consider, what is YOUR reason??? Having a reason, and keeping it in mind, will help make all the effort you put towards your health feel worth it, and will help you to stay on track towards your own health and life goals more easily.
And if you could use more support to discover your reasons, to prioritize your efforts and to have a partner on your health journey, I welcome you to schedule a complimentary phone consultation HERE.