Endometriosis – My Journey so far

Hey…

I never share about this. It is personal. and a giant pain in the ass. But this is part of my story and it is a goal of mine to help others. Well Sharing my struggles with Endometriosis may help others as well.

I started writing this 3 weeks ago and put it away. I don’t want to talk about it. But here goes.

Well What is Endometriosis?

It is when the lining of the uterus. The Endometrium grows outside of the uterus and attaches its self to the organs surrounding it (I.E ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines, bladder, and even kidneys )

People may experience:
Pain areas: in the lower abdomen, lower back, pelvis, rectum, or vagina
Pain circumstances: can occur during sexual intercourse or while defecating
Menstrual: abnormal menstruation, heavy menstruation, irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, or spotting
Gastrointestinal: constipation or nausea
Abdominal: abdominal fullness or cramping
Also common: infertility
So basically it is a giant pain in the ass. Every case is different and this is mine.
I have had trouble since the first period, heavy and very painful. Miserable exhausted. I went through my teenage years thinking this is completely normal. Its not. some discomfort sure. But I remember curling into the fetal position and crying.
Tried several forms of Birth Control to try and control this and other problems occurred. Severe abdominal pain, and fast weight loss. Sending me into the hospital where they would test me and find nothing.
Get off Birth control and endure the pain. Endometriosis can only be found with an  camera. Fun right?
Hey here comes Brianna. I was 17 when I had her.
Put on mirena. I was determined not to have 2 children out of wed lock. While on mirena, I had constant migraines and pains. But never associated the 2. I did not know I had endometriosis. Until much later.
We got married at 21 quickly had mackenzie at 22.
Back to the problems trying different birth controls getting sick. Drs basically thinking I am insane.
In this period of time I had several different drs. Due to practice changes so no one ever really got a full grasp of what I was dealing with.
Try to have Riley. After 9 months no baby. A new dr had me get an ultra sound and saw my ovaries were basically destroyed. I was 25. So I started clomid (fertility drug) after 3 rounds I was expecting. So to this day I am so thankful that I did not wait to have kids. Teenage pregnancy was an absolute blessing to me. I was told in one of the earlier ultra sounds of Riley that they were shocked I was able to have 3 babies.
Riley came at 26.
Pregnancies can at times help endo, with me that was not the case it just gradually got worse. They started me trying all kinds of new forms of birth control. Which would cause migraines until I would have to go to the hospital to get meds there to get them to go away.
The pain at this point was like a constant contraction. I wanted to rip peoples faces off pretty much all the time. I would have like 1 good week and 3 terrible ones. Nothing really helped but pain meds. And I can’t parent and be high all the time. So that was not even an option for me.
I had heard of getting an endometrial ablation. Where they burned out your uterus and that this could possibly help me. My dr told me i was too young and would not allow it.
Enter more birth control and bull shit.
FINALLY a new doctor joined the practice. He saw my history and agreed to do the ablation. Where i was also tested for endometriosis and had my tubes tied. Because an accidental pregnancy after this procedure could be deadly.
I was 28 when I finally knew what was wrong with me!!
Its like you can breathe a sigh of relief when you get a diagnose and realize that you weren’t crazy. That there was a real issue. I was however warned that due to my diagnosis what we did may not work but we had to try.
It didn’t btw. This is when I opted for the partial hysterectomy. My dr and I decided to keep the ovaries so I did not get thrown into an early menopause at the age of 29. So September 15 2014 I went in for the surgery. I was again warned that since I still had my ovaries I could possibly still have issues.
I had 6 months of feeling pretty decent. Then I started getting severe stabbing pains in the middle of the night that would wake me and I would basically hide and cry until the morning where I would pretend to be okay in front of my kids.
Here the endometriosis. Had created scar tissue in that region so when I ovulate it causes the pain. It took a decent amount of time to figure this out. We decided to try a pill form of medicated menopause. I cannot remember the name right this min.
The medicine took away the stabbing pain but added severe mood swings, hysterical Kala all the time… and hair loss. I was basically balding. Hahahaha sounds superficial but I just did not want to go there. I opted to try to stop this medicine. See if the problem would have been corrected from spending 6 months in treatment.
The pain came back. Along with my body going completely insane and thinking it was pregnant. Cravings, exhaustion, enlarged and painful boobs, nausea. Let me tell you mentally how fucked up that is. To feel like your pregnant when it is medically not even possible.
Plus its so frustration to be working your ass off and gaining weight for this “baby” that does not even exist.
Once that mishap went away. The endometriosis had spread to my bladder and kidneys. Causing severe back pain and blood in the urine. It took like several different doctors for me to figure this out. kidney specialists and urologist appointments. To finally go back to the gyno and him say it is the endo…
Fabulous.
Honestly I was just glad to know something was causing it. You start to think you are insane. New options. Medicated menopause with a new medication. Lupron, taken every 3 months with a max of a year. 12/15/17
I have some relief. But totally understand menopause now. LOL not fun. I feel like I am physically lit on fire several times a day. I can gain weight looking at pizza. Maintaining where I am at now, has become a full time job. But there is relief. Also my exercise has been keeping me from having to take another medication to prevent osteoporosis since weight baring exercise helps with bone strength so that is a plus!
When the medicine starts to wear off everything does come back. We were hoping it would shrink it I guess or cause it to go away somehow. And I took my last dose in Sept of 2017. So now we are slated to have a pre op appointment on December 1st 2017, to discuss removal of the ovaries.
Honestly I am just so ready to be done with it. So I will keep you all updated on how that all goes.
This is not my best writing, like I said I don’t like to relive all the pain and bull shit this has caused. I do have to say I am super blessed to have my girls, and my husband that has been dealing with all my crazy for so long.
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Bilberry- Shakeology ingredient

Bilberry…

Relative to the blueberry. In the medical world it is one of the richest natural sources of anthocyanins and is a super high antioxidant.

Bilberry is famous for the ability to improve vision, lower blood glucose, anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering effects. Also has the ability to remove heavy metals from the body.

It is sought after to test diabetes, inflammation, CVD, cancer, and dementia.

This is just one of the 70 super foods that are in the shake I drink daily.

Just one of the benefits. Definitely not just a protein shake. My daily dose of dense nutrition.

Roasted pepper and butternut squash soup

You guys Aldi’s had butternut squash on sale for $.99. So I finally tried to make a soup. Very good. In fact you could eat the mash as a side before it gets to the soup stage if you want.

So BOOM

2 dishes one recipe…

Ingredients

Butternut squash

2 cups sliced bell pepper (I use orange red and yellow)

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Crushed red pepper

Dried Minced onion

Minced garlic

32 oz chicken stock (could use vegetable) (for the mash really just use a little water.

Peel and cube butternut squash. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 350. For 15 min.

Stir add sliced peppers.

Bake for an additional 30 min stirring occasionally.

While this is happening in a pot add stock, onion, garlic, and crushed pepper.

Being to a simmer and shut off

Take roasted veggies. And put into a blender or a food processor.

Add 2 labels of chicken broth. Blend until smooth.

Add back into pot of stock and mix until all blended.

Enjoy!

Serve with a tsp of plain Greek yogurt if you would like!

Let me know how you like it.

Chicken stir fry

Easy peasy. Quick lunch that will last at least 3 days for me!

1 bag of steam bag quinoa

1 bag of steam bag broccoli florets

9 chicken tenders (mine were small)

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cube and cook in a bit of olive oil. Till cooked through.

Add in Broccoli.

Add 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce.

1/4 cup honey

Pinch of crushed red pepper.

Summer for a few min.

Serve

Around 1 cup broccoli with 2/3 cup chicken over 1/2 cup of the quinoa.

Fixers…

1 Red

1 yellow

1 green

Motivated or stubborn

“I just don’t have your motivation.”

this is an excuse I hear ALL THE TIME.

You guys Motivation in itself is kind of bullshit. I don’t have motivation, I have what I like to call being Stubborn Ass. Ha Seriously.

I hit a point, after my Dad died where I realized what I was doing to myself.
What my future could look like.
What my kids future could look like.
And what was even worse…
What their future could look like with me not in it. With me missing out on everything I wanted to see them accomplish.

That is like a kick in the face. That was not OK with me.

That is when Mama bear stepped in and said I REFUSE to do that, to them. I REFUSE to let my excuses hold my health and happiness back. I REFUSE for that to be their life. I was so traumatized. His death changed me forever. I will NOT do that if I can help it. I was going to do EVERYTHING in my power to prevent it.

I got to work. I started small. I started working out. I changed my diet. I started to see changes. I started to lose weight. I started to get toned. I started to get more energy. And guess what I started to kind of crave this feeling. I don’t always love working out or want to do it. It is the accomplishment I feel after.

And then I started Paying it forward. I run these fitness groups monthly to help you because whether you realize it now. It is important.

Your Health is Important. You are WORTH it. And if you don’t realize that yet there is SOMEONE in your life that is.

Sometimes you start out for your loved ones. And then it ends up being for you.
Sometimes you just need Somebody that has your back.

Knowledge of Fitness

From July 15 2008 to September 26 2017. 23 years old to 32. What a difference I feel like a completely different person. I am a different person.

Channeling my inner T Swift. “The old Kala can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Cause she’s dead.”

Don’t worry  guys I’m really not. Just a whole new better version of me.

HAPPIER
HEALTHIER
STRONGER

I’ve gained knowledge. And thinking back to the “diets” I’ve tried oh man…

From thinking that being healthy and losing weight meant starving yourself. I tried the special K cereal diet. You know where you ate those little cereal bars for 2 meals and then binged for dinner. A 3 day juice cleanse made it 12 hrs. Diet pills. The pills that made you full faster. Buy all low fat and fat free. Weight watchers (this one works) but I manipulated the system so I could drink beer. I would basically save all my points for the weekend. And eat 100 can snacks and carrot sticks. I’m not kidding.

Now I know it’s not a diet it’s a life style change. I don’t buy any low or fat free. I eat Whole Foods. I’ve learned this thing called moderation and live by the 80/20 rule. I never feel deprived.

So if your thinking you’ll never see me with a beer  in my hand like on the left.

Think again.

I love  beer .

That old me is still there. Just more knowledgeable and in WAY better shape!

I will be opening up a few groups this month!

One if you are ready to go all in! You want to get some great results and are ready for change.

We will get you paired up with the perfect for you workout.
You try a nutritional shake.
Follow an easy meal plan (don’t worry we practice moderation)

Two you are not sure if you are ready to go all in yet. You want to dip your toe before diving in.

7 days of a nutrition shake.
7 workouts.
Easy meal plan

So let me ask you! You in yet?

Clean week release tomorrow!!

You guys!!

I have an announcement and I cannot wait for this one!!

You’ve asked and finally are receiving!

Clean Week launches TOMORROW!

Clean week is for those of you that have wanted to try shakeology and a workout program. But can’t commit to the price tag.

Clean week is for those of you that are a bit intimidated to jump into a full program and want to dip your toe.

7 days of Shakeology

7 days of a workout for any fitness level.

7 days of an easy meal plan.

7 days of my accountability and support!

All for $29.95!!!

Ahhhh freaking amazing! I have been wishing for something like this for you guys. I cannot wait to see the number of lives changed!

I will be starting a CLEAN WEEK group! I want to know if you want in?!

email me!

Coachkalawilliamson@gmail.com

Let’s do this!!!

Weights for the ladies

I went back to lifting pretty much all lifting. Heavier with a day of cardio added in there.

I forgot how much I love it.

I have what I call A.D.D for workouts. I love to try all the newest ones, show you all the results. But then I need something different. I was forgetting about how much I prefer to lift.

My body responds the best this way. I still get my heart rate up and a good sweat. I love the feel after. Feeling stronger and accomplished. The soreness of your muscles as you bump up the weights.

Here is a 5 week difference of doing this plan

Ladies lifting has benefits!

  • Lose body fat
  • Battle Osteoporosis (huge for me since I am in medicated menopause)
  • Gain strength not bulkiness
  • Increase mood/ reduce stress
  • Reduce back pain and sit up straighter
  • Burn more calories all day long
  • Build confidence
  • Feel better
  • Look better
  • May cause happiness

So don’t let the fear of getting too “bulky” hold you back!

I will be running another fitness challenge group on October 23rd! Let’s chat

 

Clean Week

Available on October 3rd. This new week long program is a way to introduce you into exercise and Clean Eating.

With this you get 4 workouts, a Step-by-step meal planner, and a week supply of shakeology, all with my support.  This way you can see if you are ready to make a bigger commitment in your health and fitness journey.

This program is for anyone that has tried and failed a fitness program. Wants to start but isn’t really sure what to do and is intimidated by a full program. It is only 7 days.

Today I got to try Core Function!

All about the abs, but not really with all core workouts on the floor. This ads some functional exercises that you do in everyday life and definitely adds some leg work. I got a good sweat in. 35 min total

Focus on your mindset!

Lately I have really been digging into Personal Development and working on Mind Set Getting your mind to have belief in yourself. Because honestly your biggest obstacle is YOU!

Holy Shit can you feel a difference when you mentally feel great as well as physically. So feeling down start reading personal development. Don’t like to read? Then listen. You can get a free 30 day trial to audible.com. Youtube has amazing free content. I find stuff to listen to daily on my walks. Also there are Podcasts.

I also got some Books on CD from the local library. See loading up HA!

I have a free group starting for how to start off your Morning Successfully.

Your miracle morning

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1362078710581359/