In 2016, I received the astonishing diagnosis of adenomyosis.
Adenomyosis is a form of endometriosis (formerly called endometriosis “interna”), where lesions of trapped endometrial tissue invade the muscle of the uterus. I will save the details of the painful and relentless symptoms for my memoir and this handbook, because if you are here, reading this, you probably already know them well.
The nurse practitioner who gave me my diagnosis—over the phone, in thirty seconds—told me I would “probably need a hysterectomy.” This was devastating news.
Many a doctor had already dismissed me over the preceding twenty years, whenever I’d spoken of my gluten sensitivity or symptoms stemming from my autoimmune thyroid disorder. So, luckily (?), I was used to figuring things out on my own. I began studying everything I could about adenomyosis, as well as its sister, endometriosis, and the role hormones play in these debilitating diseases. Not just estrogen and progesterone, but also cortisol and thyroid.
And a year after my adenomyosis diagnosis, I was symptom-free.
Without the use of hormones, and without the drastic, irreversible surgery to remove my uterus.
I took to Facebook, figuring there are surely others who would like to avoid hysterectomy and heavy hormones, and started the Group, Natural Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Treatment (NEAT) with eight of my personal friends. When that number grew to a few thousand in a couple of years, I realized there was a greater need for this discussion. While I was working on a memoir during that time, I began compiling my research, learning from other ladies in the group, and writing an outline for the Handbook of Natural Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Treatment.
This work is still in progress, but in the meantime, I invite you to join the NEAT group and access the working document in the Files section, which you can download for free. Those are the results of my initial research, which I’m now working to present in a prettier and more comprehensive package, maybe even with a little bow. Until then, please sign up for the newsletter to be notified when the Handbook launches.
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