Gluten Free Food and Allergy Show

My mum came to stay for the weekend which was really nice.  I got an email during the week saying Endometriosis NZ will be attending the Gluten free food show and doing a talk on ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain ‘ Had a gutful’.  I was diagnosed with Endometriosis when I was 19, I have had 2 surgeries since then and am still suffering with daily pelvic and stomach pain. 

The gluten-free food and allergy show was fantastic, over 30 stalls of, Yes Gluten free and allergy free food.  My sister is actually Gluten intolerant and it has made me more aware of  ‘Coeliac  disease and how common it is’.  Check out the website to see who was there and what amazing products they had on display.  My favourite things of the day were: new ALL natural avocado spread, I picked up 2 back issues of The Health Food Magazine for $5 (great recipes inside) and Angel Food stall which sells yummy vegan treats (samples galore)

I was happy to see Jessica on 20/20 about 2 weeks ago talking about her experience with endometriosis and how it has affected her daily life.  It is known as the ‘brave face’ disease and it really is.  I along with many other sufferes (over 150,000 women in NZ that is 1/10 women have been diagnosed with this disease) have to put on a brave face each day and go out into the world and ‘get on with it’. 

So…what is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis can cause inflammation. It is common for scar tissue and adhesions to form. Occasionally endometriosis can be found in other parts of the body though this is rare.

An endometrioma (chocolate cyst) is a term used to describe a cyst of endometriosis which has formed in one or both ovaries. 

Endometriosis is very common. The incidence (that which can be proven) is 1 in 10 women.  However, the prevalence is reported to be much higher as there are so many women and girls undiagnosed. Approximately 130,000 girls and women have endometriosis in New Zealand.

Have a look at this video which explains endometriosis and was launched by the World Endometriosis Society (WES) in conjunction with their March Awareness campaign for 2011.  

The cause of endometriosis is not fully understood at present though there are several theories.  Intensive and extensive research around genetics, immunological and environmental factors continue and further research exploring a range of potential causes and contributing factors is being investigated. It is likely that the cause will be multi-factorial.

The most frustrating thing about having Endo is there is NO cure so we suffer day in and day out with excruciating pain.  It can also cause infertility which is scary, I do want kids one day when I’m married. 

I hope all you women out there that experience any of the symptoms seek help because if you catch it early it means you can healer faster.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  ~World Health Organization, 1948

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