What is Your Body Saying No To?

 

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It seems like each week I discover a new rabbit hole of natural healing possibilities to research. It can be overwhelming sometimes but mostly it gives me a sense of hope and purpose to know there is always a new method or tool to try. Lately, I have been exploring flower remedies as a way to support myself emotionally. I have also been diving deep into the work of Lissa Rankin. She is a doctor who believes our mind is the most powerful – and often completely ignored – element to healing our body. She has so many fascinating ideas about healing. A lovely friend lent me her book Mind Over Medicine and I listened to podcasts like this one where she says, if you have reached a healing plateau, ask yourself: ‘What is my body saying no to?’

This question really struck a chord for me. Read More


Emotional Self-Care During a Pain Flare

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As I continue on my natural healing journey, I have been experiencing a lot of pain-free times lately and have been off heavy painkillers for about six weeks. This is HUGE progress. For the six months prior to that I was taking codeine on the daily. Most of the time my pain has been between 0-4 out of 10, rather than 7-11 out of 10 like it was previously. It was beyond exciting to realise all my many natural remedies and modalities were working! (You can check out my natural healing plan here.) I was  feeling so joyful and grateful and positively sparkly. Then, I had a hugely stressful week and was consequently hit with an epic pain flare (isn’t it so fun and convenient that the two go hand in hand?) I immediately felt deeply disheartened and like the hope-filled light at the end of the tunnel was suddenly extinguished. 

I’ve gotten pretty good at looking after myself physically during a pain flare (Hello bed, heat pack and Netflix, my old friends!) But I realised this time I really needed to focus on my emotional wellbeing to stop myself from downward spiralling into unhelpful negative thoughts. So, if you are going through a pain flare and feeling all the feels, here are some emotional self-care techniques I can recommend to get through … Read More


The Pure Magic of an Emotional Support Animal

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She snuggles up to me to remind me I’m always supported.

She meows for breakfast to make sure I get up for my morning self-care practices.

She makes me laugh with crazy antics to remind me its always possible to find joy.

She happily runs to meet me when I get home after a long day to show me the simple joy of being in the present moment.

She demonstrates how to prioritise my own needs by always doing exactly as she pleases. Read More


You Can’t Rush Your Healing (And Other Lessons From Chronic Illness)

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you can’t rush your healing
darkness has its teachings
love is never leaving
you can’t rush your healing

You Can’t Rush Your Healing, Trevor Hall

I have always believed that things happen for a reason. Actually, I’m even more “woo-woo” than that – I believe our souls choose to have certain human experiences in this life in order to grow and evolve. (Even if it’s not true, it gives me so much peace and allows me to let others have their own journey, so I am happy to keep believing!) But I have to be honest and say during this illness there have been times when this belief wavered. I tried and tried to find the “lesson”, the reason for me being sick and in pain. I thought that once I found the lesson, I would get better. This resulted in me getting more and more frustrated when I couldn’t figure it out and my symptoms continued to worsen. But I have since realised that the lessons actually don’t come from resisting, fighting or beating this illness – the truest, deepest lessons have come from accepting the pain, accepting the illness and flowing with it. As Trevor Hall says, darkness has it’s teachings. Read More


How to Prepare for Laparoscopic Surgery

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I’m a big researcher. I love nothing more than disappearing down an information rabbit hole on a particular subject I’m interested in. So, when it became apparent I would need to have laparoscopic surgery for suspected endometriosis (you can read the full story here), I immediately began to research “what to take to hospital for endo surgery” and “how to recover after a laparoscopy”. I was scared, yes, but after four months of constant pain I was more than ready to get some answers (and hopefully some relief). And after working through my fears during a session with an Emotional Freedom Technique facilitator I actually felt excited for the surgery. It sounds crazy but having never been a patient in hospital before, it kind of felt like an adventure to see the ‘behind the scenes’ and feel that I was taking a huge step towards the possibility of a healthy, vibrant future. Read More


My Endo-Healing Morning Routine

Today marks six weeks since my laparoscopic surgery and in a magical turn of events, over the last few days I have begun to experience pain-free mornings for the first time in about six months! When I do experience pain later in the day I have often been able to get by with just paracetamol or ibuprofen, no heavy pain-killers. This has been quite surreal and amazing and such great motivation to keep going with my natural healing regime. So, I thought I would share the exact details of what I do each morning… Read More


My Endo Story

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I’ve had so much resistance to sharing my personal endo story publicly. Yes, it feels vulnerable and raw. But mostly, it feels sort of self-indulgent. I mean, I feel my story is not really all that interesting, and it’s definitely not unique! However, I do have a sense of personal responsibility to share my experiences. Keeping endo shrouded in shadows and secrecy only allows us, and so many other women, to continue suffering in silence. If we begin talking about having endo as openly as we would talk about having a broken leg or the flu, then we will immediately feel less alone and perhaps one day soon we will have better treatment options or even a cure.

So, here goes… Read More