A fantastic article I wanted to share

‘Every part of my body hurt’

After years of pain and fatigue, novelist Hilary Mantel was diagnosed with endometriosis, a disease so little understood, she was offered psychiatric treatment.

Please read her incredible article here. Her story mirrors my own so much it is scarey!


Here are a few bits from the article that really hit home for me.

When I was 27 – a skinny, grey-faced scrap, bleeding continuously and hardly able to stand upright – my disease was named. But it was named on the operating table, and to make me viable

Endometriosis is a condition that is under-researched and poorly understood.

Subsequent drug treatment expanded me to twice my previous size; I went to live in a body I didn’t recognise. Fatigue and intermittent pain are still my companions. My soul rattles around in its capacious house, and dwells on the life I might have had if, aged 11, I’d thrown down my wallpaper scraper and yelled, “I won’t put up with this!”

Endometriosis is unpredictable, capricious, tenacious, a destroyer of careers, families and relationships, and it is worth more money and research effort – not only for what we would learn about the disease itself, but for the light that would be shed on infertility, immunology, and the connection between illness and psychological states.

What seems crucial is for the sufferer to become informed and active in her own treatment. No one will like me for saying this, but I’ve often noticed that it doesn’t seem to matter whether a woman goes in for yoga or reiki or dancing on hot coals at the full moon – she starts to get better when she starts to take charge.

Meanwhile it is urgent that doctors, nurses, teachers know about endometriosis and act on their knowledge, to spare young women years of pain, loss and emotional damage.


3 thoughts on “A fantastic article I wanted to share

  1. Becky says:

    Hi EndoAwareness,

    I found your blog and think it is an incredible resource for women suffering from endometriosis.

    I want to reach out and introduce myself. My name is Becky and I am the Outreach Coordinator for Womens Wellness Publishing.

    I want to let you know that our lead author, Susan Lark, M.D. has just written a fantastic new book on endometriosis, Dr. Susan’s Solutions: Heal Endometriosis. http://amzn.to/14yeSct

    Her new endometriosis book is an incredibly helpful guide to healing from endometriosis and restoring your hormonal health and balance.

    In the book, she shares her all natural treatment program that has helped thousands of her patients eliminate endometriosis pain, cramping, heavy bleeding, infertility and other symptoms.

    Most of her patients have been able to avoid surgical treatments, including hysterectomy, as well as avoid the use of toxic drugs and hormones, like Lupron, with her all natural treatment program.

    A little about Dr. Lark: She is one of the foremost experts in the field of alternative medicine for women. Dr. Lark received her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and has served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University Medical School. She has been the director of a number of women’s health clinics and health projects.

    Dr. Lark also posts wonderful health features for women on our Womens Wellness Facebook page and she has many devoted fans. http://on.fb.me/19MEZAC

    Dr. Susan’s Solutions: Heal Endometriosis has wonderful information on the most effective nutritional supplements, enzymes, herbs, delicious meal plans and recipes, stress reduction exercises, breathing exercises, yoga stretches and many other alternative medical therapies that she has utilized in her healing program. These effective therapies have enabled her endometriosis patients to recover and enjoy symptom free lives!

    Her book also has great information on endometriosis symptoms, the latest medical diagnostic techniques and the pros and cons of medical treatments like drugs and surgery. It is an all around great book and we really look forward to sharing it with you.

    We’d love to have Dr. Susan’s new endometriosis book be featured in your blog. We would be happy to send you excerpts from this book and provide any additional support that you would like.

    I look forward to hearing from you! I can be reached at my email address, wwp.wellness@gmail.com

    Best regards,


    p.s. Dr. Susan’s books are available through Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and iTunes

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