As referenced in the About Me section – I’ve struggled with my menstrual cycle for many years. Pretty much from the moment I started having a period it has been difficult and I wished it would just go away. The amount of cramping I experienced was beyond anything I could’ve imagined.
I remember having one particularly bad cycle in jr high. I was in my room, screaming, crying and pacing because…pain. My mom, after the remedies we already had at home proved useless, decided she needed to run to the store for Midol. When she told my dad, he promptly volunteered to go to the store for her. Poor guy, he was out of his element (His mom was the only woman in his house growing up and I’m the first of his 3 girls so he was really new to this) and probably didn’t want to be left alone with me. The Midol worked miracles…that time! GO MOM!
The was the early part of my journey into womanhood and the start of an ongoing battle with my lady parts. Fast forward 15 years, several doctors, tons of lab tests, many missed school and work days, at least 7 hormonal birth control ‘remedies’, and far too many tears, bouts of anxiety and depression, missed periods, conversations about my body hating me, pain pill cocktails, miserable cycles to count, etc (because the list of symptoms grew and changed over the years)…I’ve started taking matters into my own hands.
Battle of Katrina vs Her Hormones: Round 2. We’ll name this chapter of the journey: “forget the doctors and their stupid synthetic hormones, I’m going rogue!”
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