Seven years ago, at the tender age of 46, I was diagnosed with endometriosis.
That means to that point, I had been living with the condition and all of it's accompanying symptoms for over 30 years.
I need to make the point
This post is not about stoicism. It's not about being dismissed and misdiagnosed for all those years.
This is about what it means to LIVE WITH.
By the time I received my diagnosis, I had cultivated years of self care practices. recognising the pain I was experiencing was a part of me, I had developed highly-evolved ways of being with it. This has deeply informed my relationship with pain. And has given me significant tools to share with birthing women and women who are experiencing any kind of pelvic girdle pain and/or pelvic floor dysfunction.
I am not in a battle with endometriosis - that is the job of researchers and medical professionals.
I am Living With this condition.
This condition does not define me, however it is a part of me. To be at war with it - means to me - to be at war with myself. And that is a war of attrition that I can not be a party to.
So here's the thing. I didn't ask for it. I don't enjoy it. Endometriosis is hard hard work.
However, I do appreciate the decades of learning and insight that have come from Living With endometriosis. It has informed my practice as a holistic somatic pelvic floor practitioner. I am grateful to have the capacity to apply these learnings to support women in their own journeys through pregnancy and birth and the long and winding road beyond.
If you have endometriosis and identify as an endo warrior, know that you have my abiding respect and support.
For each of us, it’s deeply personal.
Love xx Nina
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