Time flies. I first wrote about my diagnosis last July. Since that time I’ve experienced significant improvement in a few areas, and not so much in others. I thought I’d sit down and fill you in on my progress (well, lack of progress), and update you on my new 90-day healing plan that begins tomorrow, August 8th.
In short, I didn’t stick to the plan. My plant-based diet has had several hiccups in the last year, and I grew tired of taking supplements shortly after my original post. I suppose I just wanted to feel normal. I wanted to eat what everyone else ate, do what everyone else did, and go where everyone else wanted to go.
But — everyone else I know is fibroid-free. Here I am carrying around the same tumor one year later, wondering how different my life would be if I had only stayed the course. My desire for my life to remain the same is the reason my life has remained the same.
The Doctor’s Visit
A little under a month ago I visited a well-respected surgeon who confirmed what I already knew about my unwanted guest — it’s there. I’m scheduled for an open myomectomy in October, a week before my 33rd birthday. Because of the size of my fibroid, I’m ineligible for the robotic procedure and will have three very noticeable scars on my midsection — well above the normal C-section area which would have been easily covered by bikini bottoms. After a quick exam he informed me that my fibroid is vascular – which slightly complicates my surgery since it’s feeding off its own supply of blood. (Suddenly the fatigue made sense.) He also told me that my fibroid moves around when touched, which he said was a good thing. I can’t remember why that’s a good thing, but I’ll take his word for it.
I’m fully confident I’ll come out on the other side of surgery just fine, but I still left the office feeling violated. This man wants to cut me open, remove something, close me back up, and send me on my way with the promise that I’d only be able to deliver a baby via C-section from then on. He also offered me no guarantees that another fibroid wouldn’t grow back (they often do). Oh, and don’t forget about the scars.
My 90-Day Plan
I walked back to the car thinking, “I don’t want this to be my story.”
Surgery for an ailment related to diet and environmental factors felt more like an intrusion than a solution. Cutting into my womb is inevitable to remove my fibroid, since it’s submucosal. To cut into my flesh before giving my body a chance to right my wrongs doesn’t sit well with me. If all my choices leading up to my diagnosis created illness, then making different choices can pave a path for wellness, right?
Since I’m no longer symptomatic (apart from occasional bloating), I made the decision to return to the drawing board and give the holistic approach an honest try. Whether I move forward with the surgery or not, I know history will repeat itself if I don’t alter the lifestyle factors that contributed to my unwanted visitor. More than anything, I’m grateful for the opportunity to prove myself right about natural healing.
After re-researching various fibroid-shrinking supplements and herbs, I noticed most success stories took 3-6 months. And so, I plan to devote the next 90 days (and beyond) to my own healing. The individualized plan below is based on my blood type (A), and my own reactions to various foods and supplements in the past. I keep bumping into the health-promoting benefits of eating wild-caught fish, so I do plan to incorporate fish and fish oil into my diet.
My Personalized Fibroid Shrinking Diet
- Spring Water! (64-90 Ounces Daily)
- Most Vegetables
- Most Fruits
Brown Rice Cakes
Natural Herbal Teas
St. John’s Wort
Pure Sea Salt
Powdered Granulated Seaweed
Agave Syrup (Cactus)
Date Sugar or Raw Honey
Nuts and Seeds
Limit / Avoid
Alcohol (Red Wine Only)
My Personalized Fibroid Shrinking Supplement Regimen
Use this list as a guide to continue your own research. I have carefully researched the proper dosage for my body’s needs, and for that reason will not list the dosage here.
DIM offers me the most immediate results, with Vitamin D a close second.
- High Potency Multivitamin
- Green Tea Extract Capsules
- Omega 3 Oils EPA + DHA
- Vitamin B Complex
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids)
- Black Seed Oil
- Red Raspberry Leaf
- Calcium D-Glucarate
- Vitalzym Systemic Enzymes
- Zinc Citrate
- Magnesium Citrate
- Chlorophyll (Liquid)
My Personalized Exercise List
As is the case with most Type A blood types, I find that I respond more favorably to low-impact exercises that emphasize breathing, stretching, and peace.
- Hatha Yoga
- Tai Chi
- Low Impact Aerobics
Warm Water with Lemon
Water Fast 1-2 Days Weekly
Grounding / Outdoor Walks
Sleep 8 Hours (10PM – 6AM)
Detrimental / Avoid
Strong Smells or Perfumes
Lack of Sleep
As I’ve mentioned, this list is personalized for me based on previous blood tests and personal reactions to foods and supplements. I do plan to go into detail about each supplement in time, so be sure to follow my site or bookmark this page for updates.
I’m looking forward to my new lifestyle. I will provide updates along the way, but do not hesitate to check in with me if you’d like a progress report.
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