My Fibroids journey….
Farmer’s market treat…
“Mrs. C, the results of your ultra sound did not show a baby, but there are three very small fibroids in the wall of your uterus.”
Whew…this was the news I received from my doctor a year ago. For the first time ever my cycle was irregular and I had extreme breast tenderness, so I was convinced I was pregnant. This news was disappointing to say the least.
I had never heard of fibroids before, but I did know that babies grow in the uterus. What did all of this mean? I wanted to have another baby!
I was standing in the hallway at work trying to regroup. Trying to get my mind in a different gear: fibroid gear instead of baby gear.
I had a lot of questions and she had no answers; this was not her area of specialty she said. This did not sit well: I need information!
But won’t God look out for His babies?
About five minutes earlier a close friend of mine had decided to stop by my desk unexpectedly. She was waiting there after I got off the phone and God said to share the news with her. Come to find out she had battled with this issue twice, to the point of two surgeries, so she was able to give me the information I needed; pointing me to a specialist.
True to form, I went into research overdrive. Reading up on everything I could find about uterine fibroids; thoroughly grossed out by the pictures I was seeing.
At my new doctor’s appointment, a very fatherly doctor informed my husband and I that we had nothing to worry about. There were three small fibroids; two about the size of an M&M and one about the size of a small grape.
I asked him if there was anything I could do to prevent more from forming and the current ones from getting bigger. He said there was nothing for me to do and to pretty much go home and come back when they get bigger.
That did not sit well with me. This was a dis-ease of the body and something (s) had to be contributing.
There were women dealing with incessant bleeding, anemia as a result of excess blood loss, debilitating cramps, infertility, forced hysterectomies, and a ‘pregnant’ look because of large fibroids. There were so many silent sufferers around me dealing with many of the above symptoms and fibroids the size of grape fruits and golf balls.
Here I was with none of the above, but on the edge of paranoia with my two M&M’s and a grape. But such is my nature.
To make a long story short, I went the naturopathic route. After much research I found a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Akilah El. My encounter with her was actually the catalyst that prompted my obedience to God to start this blog in the first place…but let’s save that for another post.
She placed me on a three month herbal regimen that was specific for me. No red meat, no caffeine, hormone free poultry, limit processed foods, 70% raw foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and tons of water.
I love the colorful selections…food is our medicine
I took it a step further for myself. African American women are five times more prone to getting uterine fibroids. The one thing we do is perm our hair. So today marks one year since my last perm…..no more permed hair for me ( a whole other post 🙂 )
Nine months ago, after a fast, I gave up meat. I never ate pork, hardly ate red meat, didn’t like turkey, but I did love the ‘yard’ bird. I still eat fish. I juice or have some sort of smoothie almost everyday and I can honestly say, I have never felt better.
I celebrate my birthday today. As I reflect on the past year, I smile at my acquired appreciation for the juices of beets, kale and celery. A new appreciation for a green smoothie to sip on my way to work, a snack of chilled pomegranate seeds and my weekly jaunts to the Farmer’s Market.
Farmer’s Market goodies…
more Farmer’s Market goodies…
My kitchen has become my Farm-acy. I love my trusted Breville Juicer, Magic Bullet and the new Ninja Blender my husband just bought me for Christmas. Not to mention the green smoothie book my boss gave me as a birthday present!
All my symptoms have gone and I can’t wait for my check up in three months 😉
my trusted Ava always stays close to the juicer hoping for stray apples 🙂
I’ve learned to buy seasonally and prepare prepare prepare…
Buy and eat seasonally for the best prices…
I realize that we can be spiritually ‘top heavy’…..well versed and studied in the Word, but the health and well being of our physical temple never benefits from this same investment and effort. Spiritual healthiness and physical healthiness do go hand in hand. We can do so much more for God when we are healthy and balanced.
In the midst of the year, through all these changes, God told me He was changing my taste buds. Just as I was acquiring new tastes for foods that really caused my body to heal and flourish, He was also giving me more of a taste for Him so that my spirit could flourish even more.
So on this birthday, I offer you a toast to good health 🙂
Happy New Year, and this year, may you go aggressively after what God has for you!
Cheers to good health…may you prosper as your soul prospers.
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January 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Praise God! JC, so glad that the holistic approach helped you. I’m still trying to figure out how I can do that for myself.
January 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Praise God indeed 🙂
Can you message me on the Face book page?
January 5, 2014 at 11:40 pm
Actually, I don’t have a FB page…yet. If you want, you can contact me through email. My email is on my contact page.
January 6, 2014 at 2:53 am
January 3, 2014 at 10:55 pm
Happy Birthday Jackie and very good article.
January 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm
Thank you Stella 🙂 And congrats on your book!!!
January 5, 2014 at 2:43 am
Fabulous news! I plan on dusting my 10 year old juicer and putting it to good use. Thanks! Continue your good work!
January 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm
Haha, great! Thank you 🙂
Happy New Year to you…
January 7, 2014 at 1:35 am
Happy Belated Birthday JC!!!!!!!
Hope you had a wonderful day, and many more to you! What a great post. Me and 2 of my very good friends found out about fibroids at our 1st ultrasounds (I was expecting Joy) and we were all due within the same month. Anyway, since then I’ve learned a lot about them as well. Everything you said (even how prevalent they are among AA’s) is true.
I’m right there with you with juicing, and a greater plant based diet. 2 videos on Nextflix that encouraged me so much in my juicing are: Hungry for Change and Fat, Sick & Dying. Both very, very good.
Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS on a year of better health! For as goes the body, so goes the spirit…Can’t wait to hear the great report (a clean bill of health)… and (a clean ‘baby’ ultrasound) 🙂
January 7, 2014 at 5:23 am
Yes, yes indeed! 🙂
I like the documentary Forks over Knives and I’ve heard about the two you mentioned. There is so much info out there. I’ve already begun teaching my daughter, as I’m sure you will your girls. Hubby is subjected to fresh juice every now and then too 🙂
Blessings to you
January 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm
A beautiful post JC, Happy Birthday! 🙂 So good to read your testimony, God is good! 🙂
January 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm
Thank you Shade 🙂
He truly is!
January 8, 2014 at 5:22 am
Happy Birthday my dear sister. The post is not only awesome but you also look amazing. Got a juicer for Christmas.. Indeed a toast to good health.
January 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm
Thank you 🙂
I know you’ll put it to good use!
January 9, 2014 at 11:51 pm
awesome news ..Happy new year dear…great to find ur blog and would be following you here now..thanks for sharing
January 12, 2014 at 6:54 am
Thank you. And thanks for stopping by and following.
Safe travels on your many adventures 😉
January 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm
Thanks a lot JC….its always a pleasure to hear from the fellow bloggers 🙂
January 11, 2014 at 12:37 am
Good on you for choosing to eat so healthily. We are what we eat in so many ways (spiritually we are too).
Blessings ~ Wendy
January 12, 2014 at 6:51 am
Very true 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and a blessed New Year to you!
January 15, 2014 at 12:01 am
Happy belated birthday JC and I pray your soul and body would continue to prosper. Fibroid can disappear, and yours would too by His grace. I also love your holistic approach, we need to take care of our physical body as much as our soul.
Much love. 🙂
January 19, 2014 at 3:11 am
Thank you Seyi!! Very true!
January 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Happy birthday JC. What a touching post and experience. All the same I really like the way you and your husband approached the situation. May the healing be permanent in the name of Jesus Christ. May fibroid never know your address anymore in the name of Jesus Christ. Blessings and more blessings to the glory of God.
February 9, 2014 at 6:45 am
Amen and thank you my brother 🙂
January 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm
Happy Birthday and so glad that you have embraced a healthier lifestyle. What was disappointing news turned out to be a catalyst for necessary changes in your life. Praise God! I’m trying to do the same as you mentioned and have lost weigh and am much healthier.
February 9, 2014 at 6:47 am
Yes. It was disappointing news at first. But it has since opened me up to a whole new world of ‘wholeness’ 😉
I am glad your journey is a much healthier one too! Thanks for stopping by.