I have never been one to take a lot of medications, but the older I got, I found myself turning to pharmaceuticals to address the many obstacles I was starting to face.After all, it's all we know right? One big overwhelming obstacle that was all consuming was the rollercoaster of peri-menopause or that period of time before menopause. Darn the hot flashes, insomnia, increasing muscle aches and pains, food cravings that were like a big daunting oppression. Add to that, mood changes (can I say irritability, depression?)
Then I got hit with the big one!!!! Breast cancer…..what the? Yes, a small tumor that required a lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments. Post-surgical pain, scarring, radiation skin changes, it was pretty much awful!!
But!!!! I found something!!! Something that allowed me to stop the antidepressants, something that helped me sleep, something that helped with the muscle aches and pains. Something that helped me on the roller coaster of breast cancer treatment and recovery!!!!! Something that is not a pharmaceutical made in a lab but is natural and healthy and free of chemicals and toxins.
Today I feel stronger than ever! I have found several solutions for sleep (I do have to change it up) and for the mood thing? Well, don’t ask my husband. For the aches and pains, WOW!!!! I’m amazed at that solution. Now, I’m not going to sugarcoat things too much. I will occasionally take an Aleve, but, it is rare!!!! The only thing that is not gone are the Hot Flashes!!!!!!! Prayer and discovering options for supplements through lab analysis have been a game changer.
I have become very skeptical about conventional medicine through this process. Like, why do they have to radiate the whole breast instead of just targeting the area of the lesion!! Why take a hormone blocker that can cause terrible side effects? I tried one for 8 months and I had so much pain all over I could barely grasp and otoscope to look in an ear!!! I decided to stop the medication and 2 weeks later my pain was gone!!! I'm not saying that is the right way for everyone, but for me it was. I have used other alternative options and have had a normal mammogram, MRI and breast thermography. 5 years out from the diagnosis.
Shoshana Church is a Physician Assistant with over 19 years of experience in primary care. She has a special interest in plant-based medicine and believes that it can help address all things menopause.
Do you struggle with hot flashes, poor libido, painful intercourse, insomnia, mood swings, irritability and weight gain? If so, Shoshana can help you discover the plant medicine that works best for you from essential oils, to CBD to Cannabis. She understands the challenges that come with menopause and is passionate about helping women find relief.
So, connect with me. I look forward to working with you!!