12 years ago I was told that I would never have children. Now I have 4. Miracles? Yes! I had every infertility issue that you can name. Endometriosis (stage 4), uterine fibroids (handfuls removed), ovarian cysts, PCOS and hyperthyroidism, factor V Leiden. Get the picture? And, although I didn’t know it at the time a double mutation of both genes of MTHFR. I could barely work because I couldn’t control my flow. I was an emotional mess and I wanted a baby more than anything in the world.
We went to fertility doctors. It was a bleak diagnosis. I was 35, hyper ovulating and NOT a candidate for IVF. We could have done IUI with a less than 10% chance of success but chose not to. Instead I opted for aggressive surgery to remove the fibroids and started researching on how to boost your fertility naturally, and what affects your fertility. What I found would be the beginning of a lifelong passion.
What I found was everything affects your fertility. The food you eat, the products you use on your skin, the laundry detergent, your make-up. Everything. So I started finding healthier chemical free solutions. I went organic on all protein first, since antibiotics in meat greatly affects your gut health/hormone health. Then I threw out all my bath and body products and expensive Estée lauder lotions. I started acupuncture for fertility three times a week. My symptoms lessened. Then one day I got a positive test.
Now, as a mom, I would like to say that positive pregnancy test was the day that changed my life, but looking back I see now the steps I needed to take that has brought me here today. That first step was learning to advocate for myself, educate myself, take a path that was less sure, but felt better.
Little did I know that small beginning of taking the blinders off would years later change my life again. Fast forward to after my twins were born. I had terrible PPDD but refused to admit it. I now had 3 under 3 and I was completely underwater. Crying almost every day, alone and overwhelmed. I was seeing a therapist but I needed relief from my physical anxiety symptoms. I thought my only choice was medication and I was devastated. That would mean that I would have to stop breastfeeding my sons who were exclusively breastfed. I didn’t want to do it.
Now I’m committed to helping other women and families do the same. There are so many of us out there you, and me. If your also ready to take charge of your health, I will be here to walk with you every step of the way. It starts with saying “Yes” to learning and doing whatever it takes. I can assure you on my 4 son’s lives it’s worth it. To be different, to learn and listen to your body, to try something new, to REBEL against a system that promotes sick care.
You see, my story could have turned out so differently. I could have given up, turned to other avenues. But that’s not me. I’m a fighter by nature. So, is my tribe of women. What about you?
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