Laugh, cry, and shout with us as we talk all things endometriosis. We pride ourselves on having well-researched, accurate information on endometriosis that we deliver with a sense of humor! We hope this show will make you feel supported, inspired, and more empowered on your own health journey.
Ep54: Do You Hate Your ‘Endo Diet’?
Many of us follow some kind of special way of eating to help reduce our pain, fatigue, or flares. This could be the endo diet, the Paleo diet, an anti-inflammatory diet, the AIP, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, or any other diet. It often involves cutting out specific foods, and it can feel restrictive, limiting, or sad that we no longer eat the foods we love and are accustomed to. As two people each following what’s typically considered a restrictive diet, we talk about some of the language and mindset shifts that have helped us to stop hating the dietary choices we follow, and instead feel empowered and have a more pleasant experience with eating. (Important: Diet and lifestyle changes may help manage symptoms, but they cannot cure, prevent, or treat endometriosis.) CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com
Ep53: You Are Not A Burden
Many of us with chronic illness feel like a burden. We find ourselves apologizing often, feeling guilty when we ask for help, and not setting boundaries/ pushing ourselves in order to overcompensate for having endo and being a ‘burden.’ We talk about why we feel this way, why we are NOT a burden, and how to learn to appreciate our value. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com
Ep52: How Sleep Affects Our Health and Pain Levels
We all know that sleep is important and that we should get enough sleep, but this can be hard to put into practice. This is episode 1 of our 4 part sleep series to get better sleep. Today, we explore why sleep is so important. Why do we need sleep? What happens when we sleep? What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? How does not sleeping enough influence our pain levels? CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com
Ep51: Practicing Gratitude
Gratitude has many benefits and can even change the way we feel about our lives, but it can be hard to practice when we are suffering and exhausted from our endometriosis symptoms and challenges. We talk about how powerful stories are and how books, movies, and connecting with each other in this community can help us find gratitude, inspiration, and strength. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com
Ep50: But Doctor, It’s Not Psychosomatic!
This is the final episode in our 4 part series on medicine’s sex and gender bias, in which we continue to focus on how this bias affects womxn’s care. Today, we wrap up everything we spoke about in the previous 3 episodes, with an emphasis on ‘medically unexplained symptoms,’ mental health referrals, and stereotypes around being distressed about symptoms. We also continue to discuss results from a 2018 theory-guided literature review which looked into how gender bias and gender norms have affected medical treatment, specifically for men and womxn with chronic pain. Finally, we give tips on what we can do to receive better care now that we know the sex and gender bias exists. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com
Ep49: Practicing Self-Compassion After an Endo Horror Story
Ever had a flare that was so incredibly awful you felt like you were in an actual horror story? Amy tells us about a time when her period unexpectedly came while she was sightseeing on vacation (by herself) and her struggle to make it back to the semi-privacy of the hostel. Afterward, because she felt so mortified by what had happened, she couldn’t stop judging and tearing herself down with her cruel self-talk. She had no self-compassion for herself, and that worsened an already traumatic and unbearable situation. We talk about why self-compassion is important, what it is, and a few ways we can practice it. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com