it’s been a while

after a long absence from my blog  and just generally no feel to write about how I’m feeling or throwing a pity party for one here’s a post that I’ve been wanting to right for a while…

Not only because I feel much better but because I feel it would be good for anyone who suffers from this dreaded disease to try this as well…

In August 2013 I changed my diet to a Vegan diet as my body stopped processing the Meat protein that I was consuming. (staunch afrikaans girl = big ass meat lover) and I can honestly say I FEEL MUCH BETTER! 

I havent been back to my Gynae since the last time I saw him, haven’t had any Endo Symptoms and I truly believe its due to my new diet…

What’s the difference between Vegan & Vegetarian?

Comparison chart

 

  • Vegan
  • VEGETARIAN
Introduction Veganism is a philosophy and compassionate lifestyle whose adherents seek to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. Vegetarianism is the practice of a diet that excludes meat (including game and slaughter by-products; fish, shellfish and other sea animals; and poultry). There are several variants of the diet, some of which also exclude eggs.
Diet Vegans do not consume meat, eggs, milk, honey or any food that is derived from animals. Do not eat meat or fish. Some do consume dairy and some vegetarians consume eggs. Lacto-vegetarian: eating dairy products. Ovo-vegetarian: eating eggs. Do not eat gelatin or other animal by products.
Products Do not use any animal derived products, e.g. fur, leather, wool, etc. Do not condone the use of animal testing. While vegetarians do not eat meat, most vegetarians do not mind using other animal-derived products, e.g. fur, leather, or wool.

and i’m not the only one:

http://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/stars/stars-written/paula/

http://www.endo-resolved.com/stories_42.html

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=4122&catId=1

 

 

I’ve been diagnosed… Now What??

So we’ve all been there, you have a Laparoscopy, see your Gynae and he gives you the news that you have Endo…

Now for me it was easy to work through as so many of my family members have it, we support each other and we’re always in contact about diagnosis, treatments etc

But we all have questions that sort of go unanswered… let me shed some light:

1) You have what?

Endometriosis:

Endometriosis is a very common condition where cells of the lining of the womb (the endometrium) are found elsewhere, usually in the pelvis and around the womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes. It mainly affects women during their reproductive years. It can affect women from every social group and ethnicity. Endometriosis is not an infection and it is not contagious. Endometriosis is not cancer.

2) Can you still get pregnant?

Yes!

It is usually seen that women of the age above 25 to 30, mostly suffer from miscarriages and infertility due to endometriosis. Endometriosis and pregnancy are just like two opposite poles on the earth. Though they are interconnected, they seem to oppose each other. Women looking for natural pregnancy can have more complications when they suffer from endometriosis. There are different types of possible treatments available that can counter the effects of endometriosis such as excisional surgery, medical suppressive therapy, washed intrauterine insemination, etc.

Excisional surgery can be used to remove all the excessive endometrium tissue growth from the body. After this surgery, usually the patients are treated with medical suppressive therapy with the help of Synarel, Lupron and Zoladex. This treatment is found to be very effective in improving the overall pregnancy chances of women affected by endometriosis.

If you have lower level of abnormal tissue growth then it is recommended that you continue trying to conceive naturally. Take help of ovulation prediction kit to find out the probable ovulation date so that you can maximize your chances to get pregnant naturally. Women with lower levels of endometriosis can also go through the medial procedure known as washed intrauterine insemination. This technique is more efficient for women facing regular miscarriages due to mild endometriosis.

There are some effective natural treatments too that can help to minimize the effects of endometriosis and can improve the chances of getting pregnant naturally. Improving the level of serotonin in the body can help to eliminate the pain and inflammation happening due to abnormal growth of endometrium tissues. Try to include food items such as mushrooms, chicken and beans in your daily diet to enhance the serotonin levels in the body.

Estrogen is an element which is responsible to multiply the effects of endometriosis. Coffee and alcohol are the items that increase the level of estrogen and thus cause growth of endometriosis in the body. So it is best to avoid beverages such as coffee and alcohol as a preventive measurement to eliminate the effects of endometriosis to some extent. All these treatments can be very effective when combined with proper diet and exercise routine in our daily life that can help women to get pregnant naturally even after diagnosis of endometriosis.

 

3) Is there a QUICK FIX?

Quite frankly, NO!

Treatment options if you’re trying to get pregnant

If you have minimal or mild endometriosis, you’ll have a 30 to 60 percent chance of getting pregnant within two years of completing therapy. If you have a moderate case, you’ll have a 60 percent chance, and if you have a severe case, you’ll have a 35 percent chance.

One option is to have your doctor remove your abnormal growths and tissue with a laser or surgical tool during your laparoscopy, a relatively simple procedure. Afterward, you’ll have a 40 percent chance of conceiving. Your chances will be highest within a year of the treatment, since endometriosis commonly recurs in spite of the operation. If you have a mild case of endometriosis and are trying to get pregnant, your doctor may suggest that you forgo treatment for six to 12 months. If you don’t conceive during that time, you might consider your treatment options.

You may also start additional therapy for other problems discovered during your fertility workup. Certain additional therapeutic options include taking fertility drugs in conjunction with artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization.

Treatment options if you’re not trying to get pregnant

If you aren’t trying to have a baby and your symptoms are mild to moderate, you’ll need regular checkups to monitor your condition but may not need medical treatment. Your endometriosis will most likely disappear once you reach menopause and stop ovulating and menstruating. If you suffer only mild pain before or during your period and your fertility is not a factor, over-the-counter pain relievers may be enough to relieve discomfort.

Birth control pills or progesterone may also relieve your symptoms by blocking ovulation, so that the uterine lining and the endometrium stop bleeding each month. This prevents new cysts and scar tissue from forming, which stops the progression of endometriosis without curing it. (If you’re trying to get pregnant, taking birth control pills or progesterone to treat endometriosis will only prolong the time it takes you to get pregnant.)

Other drugs that relieve the symptoms of endometriosis are also available. For example, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists mimic the hormonal changes that take place during menopause — they lower your estrogen levels, causing your endometrial growths to shrink and your symptoms to lessen. The downside is that these medications prevent endometriosis from progressing without curing it. Once you discontinue these medications, the disease may recur. The drugs are also expensive and often create menopause-like side effects such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and loss of bone density. As a result, your doctor will probably recommend this treatment for only six months or less. (You shouldn’t take these medications if you’re trying to get pregnant because they could harm a developing fetus.)

Your doctor may also be able to relieve your symptoms by performing laparoscopic surgery (using laser or other surgical instruments) to remove your endometriosis without removing the affected organs.

But if your condition is severe, your doctor may suggest surgically removing affected organs such as fallopian tubes, ovaries, or uterus. If your uterus is removed, you’ll no longer be able to become pregnant.

 

sad but true, this is what our lives have become  :(

happy birthday #lilbubbles

it’s been a tough day and this song has come to mind – kinda allows me to feel today…

 

Bright Eyes Lyrics – Simon and Garfunkel

Is it a kind of dream,
Floating out on the tide,
Following the river of death downstream?
Oh, is it a dream?

There’s a fog along the horizon,
A strange glow in the sky,
And nobody seems to know where you go,
And what does it mean?
Oh, is it a dream?

Bright eyes,
Burning like fire.
Bright eyes,
How can you close and fail
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale?
Bright eyes.

Is it a kind of shadow,
Reaching into the night,
Wandering over the hills unseen,
Or is it a dream?

There’s a high wind in the trees,
A cold sound in the air,
And nobody ever knows when you go,
And where do you start,
Oh, into the dark.

Bright eyes,
burning like fire.
Bright eyes,
how can you close and fail
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale?
Bright eyes.

Bright eyes,
burning like fire.
Bright eyes,
how can you close and fail
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale?
Bright eyes.

A post from the crazy sex obsessed woman I am

So tonight I watched Thor and Avengers in bed and I really think any man as de-lick-table as Chris Hemsworth should be tied up in a room … why you ask?
1) so I can do whatever I want to with him
2) ride him like a cowboy
3) that body is just screaming for ice cubes and candle wax

But then again there’s this guy at work… let’s just #thatass…

He’s 2 levels above me, but fucking gorgeous and knows how to show off his ass OMG!! The things I would do to thst man

Which reminds me…

I wonder if Andy’s mom also had toys called buzz & woody?

Well reality check for me… time to get ride the husband

*I am sorry if this post affends you, I’m all out of giving a fuck for today*

To: Monsterman

Hello my Boy,

I wish I could give you all the answers to your questions but I know that one day you’ll know what I meant with things I said and why I’ve done things the way I have…

I love you boitjie always have always will, nothing is as powerful as the love a mother has for her child – one day when you’re a parent you’ll understand this. ..

I want you to treat all the girls you meet the way your daddy has always treated me; show them respect, treat them kind and no matter what love them with all your heart! Yes some of them will taje advantage of your kindhearted nature but I assure you that you will find 1 who will move mountains to be with you!

Don’t ever change just for the sake of changing- whatever you do make sure it’s for you! – don’t allow society to change the wonderful person you are!

Keep dreaming!  The moment you stop the world will swallow you in and spit you out like an old piece of chewing gum

Always remember to be trye to yourself,  no one is a better version of you than YOU!

Never forget your family and those who care about you, you never know when you’ll need their support

Promise me you’ll stay as awesome as you are my boy?!?!

Love you muchly
Mommy

I’m ok…

I really am ok…

Just ok!

Not extatic about life
Not sad about the fact that I can’t have more kids,  no matter how much I long for one…

Just ok…

I guess I haven’t quite worked through the psychological part of this last op…

For now I’m just living taking it day by day and just not feeling at all.

:(

I can still have

An Orgasm!

Yes you read right, I can still have an orgasm! *insert happy dance with a bumwiggle*

For some reason my mind was telling me that after last week’s operation I have now list my sexdrive and I will never feel that hot glowing (well I glow) rush again – clearly I was wrong

TMI but I just had my first post-op OrGaSm I am in 7th Heaven right now!!!!

Yay to operations that kill every thing except your sexdrive!!!!