In16Years

Ep81: Excision Surgery for Endometriosis. Part 1 – A Basic Overview

Excision surgery is the gold standard for endometriosis treatment. We explain the difference between ablation and excision surgery, as well as the advantages of excision. There are only about 200 excision surgeons in the US, and we discuss systemic problems within the medical system that contribute to this shortage. We briefly talk about robotic surgery…

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Ep80: Exploring Our Beliefs Around Our Personal “Endometriosis Diet”

Many of us follow some kind of special way of eating to help reduce our endometriosis pain, fatigue, or flares. This could be an anti-inflammatory diet, the Paleo diet, the AIP, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, or any other diet. It often involves cutting out specific foods, and it can feel restrictive, limiting, or sad that we…

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Ep79: Ordinary Courage

With endo and chronic illness, it can feel uncomfortable, vulnerable, or downright scary to ask for help, set boundaries, or do what we need to take care of ourselves in public situations (example: using a standing desk at the office or bringing our own meal to a catered event). We talk about the concept of…

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Ep78: What Does Endometriosis Look Like And Why Does It Matter?

The color of endometriosis is one of the most important factors for a surgeon to identify it, but unfortunately, many doctors haven’t been trained to recognize all the visual appearances of endo. Which means that an untrained gynecologist could miss endo during surgery, leading to misdiagnosis or leaving endo behind during surgery. We talk about the…

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Ep77: Finding Meaning

We discuss finding meaning in our lives. What gives us meaning? Why is meaning important? How can we find more time for the things that give us joy? AMY’S BOOK: Finding Peace with a Devastating Disease, by Amy Corfeli. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com LIKE OUR SHOW? Please rate it or…

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Ep76: HRT – Hormone Replace Therapy

We discuss HRT, everything from what it is, the type of doctor you may see for HRT, hormone testing, to how you take it (oral, pellet, patch, etc). We also discuss the studies on the safety of HRT. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES: insixteenyears.com LIKE OUR SHOW? Please rate it or leave…

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Ep75: Perimenopause, Menopause, and Progesterone

We talk about the life transition from having regular cycles to going through perimenopause to being in menopause. We discuss what perimenopause is, how we may know if we are in it, what symptoms we may have during this time, and the potential benefits progesterone can have. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE AND RESOURCES:…

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Ep74: Thoracic Endometriosis with Wendy Bingham DPT, Founder of ExtraPelvic Not Rare

We are back with Wendy Bingham DPT, founder of the non-profit ExtraPelvic Not Rare, which is dedicated to starting conversation about extrapelvic endometriosis, while providing correct, up-to-date information about the signs and symptoms, diagnostics, and appropriate treatment referrals. In this episode, we speak about thoracic endometriosis: what it is, the symptoms, the treatment, how it’s…

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Ep73: Exploring the Idea of Happiness

CW: Brief mention of suicidal ideation. // What is happiness? Is it possible to have while living with endo and other chronic illnesses? If so, how can we find it? We explore the idea that happiness is a skill that can be learned and share our experiences trying to find happiness anyways in spite of…

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Ep72: The Importance of Inclusivity in the Endo Community – Interview with Bee Lynn

CW: Removal of the uterus, hysterectomy and what that means for pregnancy and for us as a person, body dysphoria, invasive medical procedures, discrimination, trauma. // We speak with Bee Lynn on the topic of why inclusion and representation are important within the endometriosis community. Bee (they/them) is a patient advocate as well as social…

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