Endometriosis can disrupt your life, but these women have found strength learning from their experiences and leaning on others for support.
Tresnae: I like to say that having endometriosis has made me live with urgency. I don't want to sit and wait when I'm not in pain. I'm going to do something.
Tresnae: Believe us.
Jennifer: For sure. Yes.
Tresnae: Because endometriosis is hidden. It's not something that we could outwardly show you. Finding those right people that really do trust you and believe that you are in pain, I think, is important.
Jennifer: I am more understanding of what's happening so I have learned little tips and tricks, like consuming more water.
Fransheska: Definitely acupuncture, and for me, has been massage therapy.
Amanda: I changed my food. I even started food journaling.
Tresnae: I would stay away from red meat, stay away from dairy.
Amanda: Around my period, I would just eat a ton of watermelon because it's a diuretic.
Tresnae: I really did see that correlation with the foods that I ate. I would literally have a hamburger and then it would feel like I was having contractions. And I would just start bleeding. I was like, "What... "
Amanda: Red meat is the devil.
Fransheska: Keeping your body moving with stretching.
Jennifer: Stretching is so important and I feel like it gets overlooked all the time.
Amanda: It really is, especially some good hip yoga poses.
Tresnae: Yeah. My doctor recently had me start doing physical therapy. My pelvic floor is very weak and so I'd get a lot of spasms. He does pelvic floor exercises with me.
Fransheska: Pelvic floor therapy actually helps reduce the, I guess, seizures that you have in your pelvic area.
Amanda: Yeah, that's one way of putting it.
Tresnae: The good thing is, is that you can continue to go on and you continue to live your life, even if I have to plan my vacation around my menstrual cycle.
Fransheska: But we have to prepare for it. It's like, okay, I got my heating pad and I got my--.
Tresnae: Oh my gosh, my heating pad is my best friend.
Tresnae: I can't go anywhere without my heating pad.
Fransheska: Epsom salt baths.
Fransheska: Anybody tried Epsom salt baths? I don't know what it is, something about heat does help relax the muscles.
Jennifer: Well, I think it just gets the blood moving through and so it's not as inflammatory.
Amanda: A great tip I have for a partner or spouse, friend, family member to someone with endometriosis is being gentle. Being gentle with them emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Because you haven't lived this experience, you don't know what they're going through.
Jennifer: And I think it can be embarrassing to talk about sometimes, but also, it's also good to prioritize yourself and to go through it with someone else.
Amanda: Being able to lean on my family and my friends and my husband for support when it's needed makes all the difference.
Tresnae: Yeah, and even if you can't find it in your family and friends... Support groups online, social media.
Jennifer: There's a whole world of women out there who are going through the same thing and you can lean on them as well.
Fransheska: I know that as bad as it is, there's going to be good days and bad days.
Tresnae: Find joy in the moments when you're not in pain. Go out with your friends, go for that run, travel, see the world. Don't let it stop you. Let it push you forward.
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