Today we're back for a special one off episode to raise awareness of the #WeMatterACOG campaign. This campaign has been launched by social worker Casey Berna, Heather Guidone who is part of the Endometriosis Research Center and the Surgical Program Director at the Center for Endometriosis Care and Shannon Cohn of the Endo What? film.Read More
Firstly, massive disclaimer here: crystal healing is not a cure for endometriosis. We know there isn't a cure, but as I always say, everyone is welcome to mange their endometriosis in the ways that suit them. And if you feel called to crystals to help you deal with depression, anxiety or maybe life with chronic pain, I want to give you the information to get the most out of crystal healing.
Wolf Sister is a crystal healer, shamanic practitioner, reiki master and tarot advisor. She uses modern mysticism to helps people turn challenges into transformative opportunities, empowers them to find their true paths in life and supports people in their healing. We talk about whether crystals really help with physical and emotional difficulties, how they work and where they get their energy from, what crystals can support us with particular problems and my burning question - how the hell do you cleanse a crystal?Read More
Ready to get spiritual? This week I'm talking to Gail Love Schock - Transformation and Happiness Coach, reiki healer, meditation teacher and Interfaith Minister and we're discussing mind, body and soul medicine.Read More
Gluten free living with The Gluten-Free Baking Academy is about understanding gluten free baking so you have the knowledge and foundations to make gluten free baked goods from scratch that work and taste amazing. Heather Crosby cuts out all the junk, and her recipes are all dairy and egg free. I chatted to Heather about how going gluten free changed her health, why she started the Gluten-Free Baking Academy and how you can go gluten free and create incredible gluten free recipes at home.Read More
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I chatted to Oliwia about painful intimacy and how her products can repair our relationships with our sexuality, why we need to break the taboo of female pleasure and how we can learn to love ourselves through reconnecting with our bodies.Read More
Pandora Paloma is a holistic nutritionist, life coach, yoga teacher and founder of Rooted London. I chatted with Pandora to discover how we can cultivate more self-love towards our bodies to aid our healing, how food can help us reduce inflammation and balance our hormones and why self-care is the greatest form of self-love.Read More
essica Murnane has been on the podcast and This EndoLife a couple of times before. Jessica is the founder of the One Part Plant Movement, is author of the One Part Plant cookbook, and is host of the One Part Podcast. She has stage IV endometriosis, and was once at the point of a hysterectomy - her last attempt was with a plant-based diet and it changed her life.
Now she's dedicated a new website, Know Your Endo and a new online course, The Endo Toolkit, to helping others live with the disease.Read More
Lucy Sheridan is the world's only Comparison Coach and an incredible bubble of energy!
Endometriosis can force us to put our lives on hold or change direction, and it can be really hard to see everyone else (or so it seems) moving at 100mph towards their dream lives over on Instagram.
I speak to Lucy about how to get ourselves out of the comparison trap when we can't seem to stop scrolling, how we can still move towards our goals and dreams at our own pace with endometriosis and why following the rhythms of our own bodies and lives is the most fulfilling route of all.Read More
This episode isn't technically an episode - there's no guest, no hour long interview. Instead, it's me explaining why there's a slight break in episodes and how it has a lot to do with my mental health.Read More
You might remember Paige from an interview I did with her last year, recently after the launch of her podcast The Uterus and The Duderus. Paige is the Uterus half of the show; and she shares her life with endometriosis (and advocates for women everywhere) with her co-host and best friend Nik. On top of that, she also has a YouTube channel; Fireside Chats with The Uterus, which is about the spiritual, mental and emotional side of living with endometriosis and other chronic diseases.Read More
Saschan Fearon-Josephs is the founder of The Womb Room and event series; Real Talk. The Womb Room is an online digital space, which Saschan is currently re-developing, to become a network where women can get access to information, professionals and communities - all related to reproductive issues. The Real Talk series is a 12 month period of events taking this digital space and making it a physical reality, with guest speakers, workshops and an opportunity to connect with other women.Read More
This week I'm talking to Rachael Welford of Welford Wellbeing. Five years ago Rachael hit rock bottom when she experienced a breakdown and her entire life changed. Up until her breakdown, Rachael had been partying, working a million miles per hour and was self-medicating - all the while with severe anxiety.
Rachael and I get pretty deep on this episode; we're talking wanting a break by any means possible (even being hospitalised), just how bad anxiety can feel in the work place when you don't know how to tell people what you're feeling and how Rachael found finally peace with her mind.Read More
This week on the podcast I'm talking to Shelby Hadden, Writer, Director and Producer of short animated film Tightly Wound. I talk to Shelby about how it felt to grow up as a teenager with such a difficult condition, how she's worked to become vaginismus free, how medical professionals failed to find an answer and the link between vagisnimus, pelvic floor dysfunction and endometriosis. I'm just letting you know now - there's a lot of sex talk!Read More
Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis and Listening to Your Body
Heather Crosby is the creator of Yum Universe, an incredible online resource full of recipes, meal plans and support for those looking to eat good, comforting food and increase their intake of plants. Heather's own struggles with health came to a climax when she was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, which is a chronic condition with no current effective treatment or cure, and so she turned to diet to help her manage the painful symptoms. Heather's health is now in an amazing place and she has just released her latest book, Pantry to Plate, which is all about cooking without recipes!
We talk about the possibility of Heather having endometriosis, her challenges with her health and interstitial cystitis, how listening to her body completely transformed her attitude to her health and how she went from refusing to eat vegetables to drinking mushroom lattes!
I really, really, really loved talking to Heather. After we ended the call I was buzzing with positive energy and it felt amazing! Ever since speaking, both of us have been on a new exploration with our health. Heather is looking into investigating whether she has endometriosis and I have made some changes suggested for those with interstitial cystitis and guess what?! My bladder pain is non-existent unless I eat or drink something which are common triggers (coffee and tomatoes seem to be my thing). It's been such a relief for me to experience this break in pain, because I've been so concerned as to why that area has been so painful for over 10 years and they've always said my endometriosis has nothing to do with it.
This conversation just goes to show you how important it is to talk to each other about our health. We may not be doctors, but it was through talking to a friend that I was able to recognise the symptoms of endometriosis and finally be diagnosed and history may be repeating itself once more. Interstitial cystitis and endometriosis are heavily linked, so I do think it's worth speaking with your doctor if you're concerned about pain or pressure in your bladder and urinary frequency.
Deciding on a hysterectomy, the importance of sisterhood and being a bit creepy with the Endotwins
Autumn Smith and Fela Dunfee are the duo behind the Endotwins, a website and newsletter serving up sick humour for sick minded girls. Both in their twenties, Autumn and Fela have stage four endometriosis and are facing serious surgeries, including a hysterectomy. We talk honestly about what it feels like to be so unwell with endometriosis at such a young age, why and how they started the Endotwins, their plans for a future charity and just how important (and weird) their friendship is. Expect a lot of realness, a lot of laughter and a little bit of sex talk.
Chatting with Autumn and Fela was so much fun (I think you can tell by all the laughter), but also a serious reality check. I am always aware of just how lucky I am to have mild endometriosis growth and though I suffer with a whole heap of symptoms, I haven't had to go through the many surgeries these girls have and are facing. I found that hard to stomach in a way, because it's always difficult to know what to say to someone who is going through a really shitty time, despite years of mentoring and learning counselling skills, it's not easy. It's eye-opening to understand how they cope with the mental, emotional and physical strain of the disease and their journey in comparison to mine, and I think it really emphasises how we're all different, how we all respond differently to treatment (whether conventional or alternative) and how we all find comfort in different places.