Hi, I’m Pen.
In 2007 I was diagnosed with a fibroid during a routine IVF consultation. It wasn’t really explained to me, except that I was advised it was unlikely to interfere with the IVF so, although I was offered a procedure to have it removed, I declined. Then in 2011 I started experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms around my bladder and it was discovered that the fibroid had grown significantly and was causing a shift in my organs and placing pressure on my bladder. With little consultation I was placed on a waiting list for surgery which I dutifully went along with it, trusting those I felt knew better than me.
When the date for my operation came round though, I remember sitting in the waiting room feeling uneasy. Something felt wrong. I was about to allow myself to be cut open (by then the fibroid was too big for a laparoscopy) and I knew so little about the reason why. I felt disempowered and I knew then I had to regain responsibility for my own health and wellbeing.
I didn’t have the surgery, and although I would love to tell you I managed to eliminate the fibroid myself, it’s still there and it’s an ongoing journey or discovery for me. However what I can tell you is that the journey here has shown me, beyond doubt, that we owe it to ourselves to be better educated about our own bodies.
The current healthcare system still operates on a one-size-fits-all approach, more often than not focussing on a single body system and rarely taking into account the holistic picture of our lifestyle and emotional health. Yet for the majority of chronic illnesses, there is likely not just one, but many factors which contribute to the signs and symptoms experienced and what we eat, and how we choose to live, is a powerful healing resource that we personally have complete control over.
However making lifestyle changes, even when we know they benefit us, isn’t always easy. In fact change is hard and that’s where, as a holistic health coach, I can support you. Together I help you make step-by-step changes to you food and lifestyle, providing guidance and accountability as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improves your health and happiness.
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