53 days 

Logged into MyFitnessPal, every day staying within a certain calorie range. Portion control. Accountability in several places. Here, MyFitnessPal, Facebook groups, so far it’s all helping. Well honestly it’s more of the I might have a cancerous cyst on my left ovary that’s really been pushing me to change. This is so sad to even admit but if that weren’t a factor I may not be trying as hard but there are factors as to why my ump isn’t anywhere where it needs to be really.

Additionally, I’ve just been battling exhaustion, body aches, etc. Whatever this all is my body has had enough. My mind has also. I recently cut out dairy and it has made a world of difference in the way I feel and what I can accomplish daily. I am hoping with some effort that when I go in for another ultrasound that nasty/ abnormal looking cyst is gone. 

If not I’ll just continue on my journey and share here. I’ve managed to stay active daily and hopefully can exercise more. I actually need to make another doctors appointment just to discuss general issues and see what he says. I’m slow to jump on issues because it’s always been a “if it’s not broken, bleeding and you’re not dying” type attitude. 

Take note this is not a good attitude to have. Especially when you have endometriosis, PCOS, and an ugly cyst that could potentially be bad. Everywhere I read, whether it’s news,articles or personal experiences. I see women saying they are not taken seriously when they go into the doctor. I’ve always felt this way it took five years for me to find a doctor that sprung into action to get the official diagnosis for endometriosis. 

Right now I have a pretty good doctor as well-thankfully-I’m picturing the look of concern on his face when he read my ultrasound report. I’m in good hands I dare say. 

Anyway just a check in that may have been me rehashing all that emotional crap of oh crap! This cyst is not normal! 

Anyway over and out… 

Alexis  

Yesterday….

I’ve been sick since Sunday with something some symptoms says sinus infection others say cold. Thinking allergies/ sinus issues being the ultimate culprit. Really driving me nuts though because I just want to feel like doing stuff and I want to sleep. You cannot sleep with a three year old around unless you convince her a nap is a good idea which only happens every so often these days. 

We do get quiet time but of course it is not the same. Anyway yesterday felt like the worst of the sickies. I missed classes Monday and Tuesday. Not my favorite choice but hopefully this evening I’ll feel up to it and can take this math test of mine (super nervous). 

I hate when my body gets sick… I was just about to pose the question does anyone else hate getting sick oh silly sickie head me of course y’all do! 

I don’t even know where I was going with this post. Haha! I think I going over yesterday, being sick always puts a kink in the plans to do other things today I’m not as foggy in the head and I’m going to concentrate on coursework and detox while I’m sick I know it almost sounds counter inituive. But it helps I’ll do a day with some detox tea, my vegan protein shake, and lots of veggies, no meat and it kick starts my system to fight off the nasties. 

Actually on that note I’m seriously considering a vegan diet because when you start to compare endo and PCOS. It may be the best option to stave off the issues and help both conditions. 

On another note I’m finding my cycles to be weird little beasties. I won’t have my usual endo pain until a few days before- usually severe cramps now it’s mostly just bowel and bladder issues, I’m often seriously late like 25 or more days. But when my menses begin oh I feel that endo wrath like never before! The only thing that stays true blue is endo belly. It’s there, it makes me angry, and it can just go away! It’s how I know my cycle is getting close to starting. 

I’m also not likely the bit of belly hair and rough hairs on the chin they are very minimal so for that I’m thankful but it’s something weird to contend with. 

Anyway! So yesterday was bunk but today is going to my biatch… Because I just need it to be so I can get to feeling better. 

Alexis 

Short Post 1

Just a check in…fluctuated in weight was 235 back down to 232. Cut out dairy completely and feeling better. Allergies and sinuses acting up but tis the season all that pollen and blooms is evil! At least it brings pretty spring. 

Working on when to take supplements. Seems magnesium may be one to take at night. Finding supplements without soy… Interesting to say the least. 

Update on my health: 

Doctor is thinking  mild PCOS, will just continue to watch my cycle closely. I also have an ovarian cyst that doesn’t look like the norm. So I will be going back in, in May to have it checked out again. If it’s still there or bigger- biopse time. 

Soliditary fist bump to my endo and PCOS sisters or any woman out there struggling with  female issue because this crap is real, it’s scary, heartbreaking, painful, and not fun. 

In the meantime, cracking down on my diet like a mad woman. Gotta get this body healthy. Whatever it decides to throw at me I’m prepared. 

Alexis 

Another one of those…

Long time no “see” blog posts. I decided I’d post what I call my endometriosis cocktail. Or a version of it as it changes depending on the time of the month.

One of my biggest struggles is dealing with my endo. It’s not a bad period, it’s not something to brush on the wayside. It’s serious. Did you know that endometriosis happens because  your immune system does not attack the endometrial tissue that is retrograde ( meaning it did not shed properly and flow out of the body instead it travels to nearby organs/ tissue outside of the uterus attaching to places like your bladder, ovaries, colon and so on). Now endometrial tissue is hormone based as we all know or I hope most people are aware. This is why we have periods. 

Now this same tissue is now outside of the body and still thickens like it would in the uterus month to month. This causes inflammation and bleeding ( because what does endometrial tissue do- exactly) this in turn causes the site to be somewhat like a blister on mentioned areas of the body and can cause in some women severe pain and even infertility even though they are not sure why. 

I’ve done a lot of research on vitamins and supplements to help with my endo. Mine isn’t severe  enough for any drastic measures( well last they checked it hadn’t consumed my pelvic area so this is good very good some women lose ovaries to endometriosis some have it so badly they have to have a hysterectomy) so here is my cocktail for my body and what makes me feel energized and not so crappy. 

Emergen-C, now according to a lot of sources women with endometriosis really need a large dose of vitamin C. I have a tumblr blog with all this info so if you want to venture over look for “The Endo Girl” vitamin C helps all those nasties get out of your system well think about it… Those endo blisters bleed monthly. Not what needs to happen inside your body around organs that don’t need that “poison” really it is what it is. Double the dose of Vitamin C and you’re clearing out that junk better. 

It also has B vitamins and minerals. Another thing women with endo need. And I mean a lot of it! As you can see I even have some extra B vitamins to take. If you’re recently diagnosed with endo you may be hearing things about the endo diet, which limits foods like wheat and certain meats. So up those B’s ladies. 

Along with is I have my female toner tea, magnesium ( I’ll save that for another post), ibuprofen ( inflammation high start taking it, as years have gone by I notice the subtle change and when I need to take it- if you’re trying to ge pregnant limit the ibuprofen you take and then remove it completely but this is when you really need to eat a anti-inflammatory diet) okay moving on see so much info so much! So little time. I also do cranberry pills and biotin. 

Oh and my allergy pill but that doesn’t count hehe! Anyway  I will see about shareing my tumbler posts here. This little cocktail does wonders for me. What do you have going for your health? 

Alexis 

DISCLAIMER: this is what works for me and I work closely with my doctor and other health/ wellness professionals. I suggest you do the same do your research and present it to those who are your health care providers. Always let them know what supplements you take. Like for example before surgery no cranberry can be taken. Some things interact. Best of luck