You may remember a few months back, I shared with you guys my personal battle with being diagnosed with fibroids. In fact, I was afflicted with both fibroids and uterine polyps, which are endometrial growths attached to the uterus wall. Both fibroids and polyps can cause excessive bleeding along with a host of other nasty symptoms.
The thing is, it wasn’t until this year that I experienced those symptoms (although I had surgery 5 years ago to get them removed.) When suddenly hemorrhaging, I decided to change my diet and go the vegan route since estrogen is increased from animal-based products. Its the increase in estrogen that causes these non-cancerous growths.
In the past, I had done vegan cleanses but loved meat too much to give it up altogether. But honestly, in my quest into veganism, it hasn’t been the meat that I’ve missed. It’s been the cheese.
Man, I just love me some cheese! Did you know there is a way to make a cheese substitute out of cashews? I discovered this fact after craving cheese and avoiding the soy-based processed stuff so many companies have come up with. Now, what I will say is, if you melt it and close your eyes, and smother it with other toppings, you may just be able to pretend it’s the real thing. But, in my opinion, there is simply no substitute.
Anyways, I digress…
So, I launched myself into veganism to lower my estrogen levels. In addition to this, I started taking supplements from The Detox Now program. This program, created by Coach Jessie, has a host of resources for women battling fibroids, from meal plans to supplements to coaching sessions and forums. It is a wealth of tools if you want to learn more about the root causes of fibroids and how to combat them from a natural perspective. The specific supplements I took are Fibro & Balance.
In addition to changing my diet and taking supplements three times a day, I started drinking two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in a cup of water twice daily. A friend shared she saw the effects that doing this decreased her cycle, so I eagerly hopped on board. I also took iron supplements because I was anemic from losing too much blood.
The last change I made was the hardest. I stopped drinking coffee, y’all. Whew! This was tough because I’m the typical writer’s cliche. Coffee and wine are my guilty pleasures. In fact, I’m wearing a shirt right now that says, “Coffee and Jesus”!
It’s not even that coffee gives me that pick-me-up that it does for so many. I can drink a venti cup of Starbucks and go straight to bed!
Speaking of Starbucks…my love of coffee was birthed during the pandemic when the local Starbucks was one of the few places open where I could talk to people. Since I lived and worked from home alone, I saw very few people in person daily. Except, there was Starbucks. Starbucks employees would welcome me with open arms while chirping through the drive-through speaker, “Good morning, Nicole!” in a voice that was music to my ears. Those people really know how to build community, I’ll tell you that much.
Anyways, back to fibroids…
So, I gave up coffee and wine (insert sad face) and allotted myself 90 days to see change. In the midst of these adjustments, I was getting medical examinations and being seen by my doctor. But guess what? By the 90-day mark, I was no longer hemorrhaging. I was, in fact, healed.
Wow. I couldn’t believe that my body was healed from making these changes and that it happened within my desired time frame. I really believe the Father met my application of faith (because faith without works is dead) and showed me the blueprint for healing.
Sometimes, we think we must only believe for something to happen or that we need to “manifest” it. Sometimes, we think, “Just name it and claim it,” and it will happen. And sometimes things do just happen miraculously like that. But there are other moments when we need to demonstrate our belief and tap into the process for that thing to come to fruition. This experience of healing from fibroids was a learned lesson for me in that regard.
When I had my follow-up appointment with my doctor via a Zoom call and told her I stopped bleeding excessively, she gave me the best news she could possibly give.
“Well, it sounds like you don’t need surgery then,” she said matter of factly. “If you’re not bleeding, don’t get the surgery.”
Wow. I don’t know too many doctors in the medical profession who are not pushing surgery. That option is literally more money in their pockets! I know it was the Father telling me I did not need surgery through my doctor.
I understand that everyone’s story will not look like mine, in life, or in this battle with fibroids. That’s why I’m so excited to provide you with another resource on this topic. I had the opportunity to do a series for The Cleveland Observer called “Fibroids: The Silent Pandemic.” This 4-part series will offer insight into the history of Black women’s health, the medical and natural options for women suffering from fibroids, local-owned businesses that provide vegan options, and personal testimonials from others healed from this issue.
I so loved getting to interview one of my old friends, Tracy Ly, because her story is so powerful!
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With so many hard things that happen in this world, it is truly a blessing to have a testimony. It reminds me that we can’t possibly have a testimony without first enduring the test.
Thank you for your constant prayers and support as I endured this test. I know it is your heart that accompanies me in all of my victories.
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