Someone who understands ......


   Hi, I am Carolyn Levett, a Nutritional Therapist, Naturopath, author and a keen endometriosis advocate.

Some people say one of the most important pages on a website is the ‘About’ page, because readers want (and need) to be able to trust what they are reading and the advice being offered.


     To start ……. about me

I have been 'in the trenches' with this disease, so I understand the impact this disease has on every aspect of life - but I have come out the other side.  I used to sufferer from endometriosis and I had a very severe case as diagnosed by a laparoscopy, but I have been free of endometriosis for many years. 

My aim here is to offer hope and encouragements to others so that they too can start to reduce their symptoms of endometriosis and begin to regain their health.

Through the website, I have been providing advice and support to others with this disease for a number of years, and the positive feedback I have received has helped to give encouragement and hope to others.  You can read some of the feedback  from other endometriosis sufferers HERE


My motivation is to help other women with endometriosis to heal their bodies so they may overcome this awful disease without having to rely on toxic drugs and surgeries which can cause further damage.


     My research ……


After my diagnostic laparoscopy where it was found I had severe endometriosis, I was offered drug treatment to try and calm the disease, but after reading of the side effects from drug treatment I decided to follow my own path to healing.

My journey towards healing endometriosis focused on natural, gentle remedies. In time I achieved my goal and I was able to heal from this dreadful disease using natural therapies, diet and lots of self-careIt takes commitment, patience and time to heal …. But it really is worth the long-term benefits.

After recovering from endometriosis - proven via a second laparoscopy that showed I had no active endometriosis I wanted to help other women overcome this dreadful disease. 

I was reading many harrowing stories  of other women and girls who were really suffering with endometriosis, and were not obtaining any significant or permanent improvements with surgery or drug treatment.

It was these stories that led me to get my own story out to help other women, and it also prompted me to undertake training in natural therapies so that I could offer support, and work with other women to help them restore their health. 


The aim of this website is to provide an antidote to all the negative stories and provide hope and motivation.

 


     About the advice here …..

As well as providing basic mainstream endometriosis advice, the emphasis here is about natural treatments, complementary therapies, nutrition and many self-help measures that can be used to help manage this disease and reduce your symptoms.

There are many medical websites where you can get advice about endometriosis treatments and management; there are dozens of endometriosis blogs which usually focus on self-narrative about their own journey with this disease.

Like I have said, I am  striving here to provide a more positive and hopeful theme and message.  There are far too many negative stories or depressing anecdotal stories relating to this disease. I feel many readers want, and need encouragement and to read something more positive.

 


     My training .......

My experience with endometriosis inspired me to invest in my own education so that I could help other women to learn there is another way to manage this disease.


To learn more about natural therapies and nutrition to support healing I undertook the Diploma course in Nutritional Therapy from the Nutritional Therapy Association.

Part of the aim of my training was to be able to provide advice and support to other women suffering from endometriosis, giving them guidance on nutrition to help them manage endometriosis.  

My conviction of the efficacy of diet to be able to support physical and mental health was based on my own experience when I was dealing with endometriosis.

As diet is the bed-rock to good health, this training provided me with a deeper understanding of the complexities how nutrition can support the body and assist with healing. 

Additionally, I studied for a Diploma in Naturopathy to enable me to advise and work specifically with women's health issues. 

Naturopathic treatment offers a wider view-point for treating women’s reproductive health, that has traditionally been treated by modern medicine using treatments that typically includes hormone drugs, pain medication or surgery.  This method of medicine often ignores the cause of the disease process and is often symptom focused.

Naturopathic medicine allows for an integrated approach that includes addressing unresolved past health issues, balancing hormones, detoxing and liver support, diet and nutrition, supporting gut health as well as assessing life-style and emotional health.

Advice is tailored to individual needs, and willing participation in treatment and a positive mental attitude are very beneficial to aid successful outcomes.





To compliment my practical training I undertook training in counselling, specifically aimed at providing support for those with dealing health issues.  Counselling can provide valuable support to help cope with the emotional stress caused by ill-health, and can also help a person look at their situation from a different perspective. 

Very often friends and family are unable to be objective when offering support and advice.  However, a counsellor will give you time to express your situation, and will provide you with the space to explore decisions regarding treatment options.







     Additional therapies

Additional  therapies I have studied include Practical Aromatherapy and how to apply essential oils for healing and first aid remedies, as well as Herbs for Healing.  These courses have provided a great adjunct to my knowledge of natural therapies, and can be used in isolation or in combination with other therapies.

Aromatherapy is often under-rated, but the benefits of using essential oils to support the body have many uses, both for physical and mental health.  Herbs have been used to treat the body for centuries and can be very powerful and effective if used in the right way.

 



Endometriosis really is an all-encompassing disease and affects every aspect of a woman's life, which is something I fully understand.  This is why I feel personally qualified to be able to offer guidance and support to those seeking advice and reassurance when dealing with this dis-ease.


     Working background .......

A little bit of background to put my story into context

What else have I done ......... my past working career has included working with communities helping to encourage community economic development in deprived inner-city areas, and later in isolated rural areas.  This work was very rewarding as I love working with people. 

In an earlier life I studied the arts and was able to bring my creative skills into play to help certain community development projects, like special creative workshops days for isolated women or doing music workshops with kids.

After my spell in community development, I worked in the voluntary sector providing support and development for special needs groups, the elderly and specific health support groups. This involved providing training for volunteers and voluntary management groups to ensure smooth running of community groups and projects.  Additionally, I was involved in advocacy work and encouraging a healthy and cohesive voluntary sector.


     To finish .........

I have aimed to build this resource with integrity and honesty – there are no ‘hidden catches’ or ‘ulterior financial motives'. The articles, the stories, the advice, the feedback, is all here to give you support and hope.  I could write a lot of stuff about me and my endometriosis experience, but this is not a personal blog - this site is about YOU.

Stay strong warriors!


Feedback from site visitors




Sherri
"Finding your website with advice on a diet for endometriosis has been one of the best things that happened in the last year. The first month I tried the eating guidelines, I had absolutely NO PAIN! That has never happened in my life.

Every time I see my OB/GYN doctor or my infertility specialist I try to convince them how changing my diet has changed my life - unfortunately they look at me like I am crazy. I cannot wait until the day that doctors start to recognise food actually affects your body



Lindsay 
"What a wonderful site! My Endometriosis has really started to rule my life, having a lot of pain, heavy bleeding that has put me in hospital for a blood transfusion once, and only just getting a grudging diagnosis from a hopeless health authority! This site is a great help, especially the diet section - i would never have thought some of those foods were harmful! This is a true lifeline - thanks :) "



Barbara 
"Thank you for providing such an informative and positive website. Two months after my laparoscopy I felt depressed, anxious, and fatigued. This website gave me hope to heal. I am now in yoga and experiencing nice results. 
In addition, I also changed my diet. With this disease I was desperate to feel good again. I also pay more attention to when I need to rest. My next step is to try the progesterone cream. I want to heal as natural and healthy as possible. God Bless," Barbara in Charlotte, NC 



I trust and hope that you will gain the confidence in your own ability to start healing (at least reduce your symptoms) from endometriosis after reading the pages here.



The principle here regarding endometriosis care is based on the concern that conventional modern medicine can do more harm than good. Surgery may be needed in more serious cases to repair the damage that the disease has caused.

However the right nutrition and lifestyle changes are not only less damaging to the body but far more effective. Surgery has been found to be a temporary fix at best which can then lead to even worse symptoms caused by more scar tissue. Drugs with all their many side effects are also very damaging.  

Treating the body with kindness through diet, reducing toxins and supporting the immune system will reap better results for long term health.

Give your body a fighting chance to tackle this disease



You can read my own story of healing HERE




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