Preface: This is an "it resonates or it doesn't" post: INTENT: DO NO HARM
I'm going to share two powerful videos. The first one is a video with the DNA science when this accidental element was discovered! There are places in the spaces in between that haven't been looked at within the molecular structure of certain genes. This is a powerful discovery for women's health that has changed, moved and shifted the trajectory of women's physiological health in ways I could only dream of! It's VERY exciting news for the future of women's health on so many layers and levels....
This is my personal definition: PMDD is the much stronger sister of PMS. In a nutshell, women who suffer from PMDD are allergic to their own sex hormones during a very specific phase of their monthly cycle. The severity of what it means to be allergic to your own sex hormones varies within a PMDD spectrum. It is a very real thing for women and I try to keep my own PMDD in mind while allowing other women to tell us what their PMDD truth is.
Is medical gas lighting silencing those with PMDD?
The story in the video might make you feel a few things, sadness may be one of them. For me, what captured my attention was how 1 out of 8 women suffer from this while many people have never heard of it. 1 in 3 sufferers will think about suicide. That is intense for me because I would be one of the other two who has never experienced that personally, however: being in all of the female hormonal rooms I see this type of emotion every single day from women all over the world. Not in "America" but actually globally. Her remedy was extreme and it is what drives a lot of women to removing their lady parts. SBS Australia shinning light on this is a huge incredible thing for women's health. You can not help or shine light on things you are not acknowledging when they do exist.
The second woman her story "You're supposed to be a yummy mummy"
What makes this video most powerful is the unique solutions for each woman while the end result will be similar. "It's our chemistry not our character"
"Track your cycle, you're not alone, don't give up"
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post
I’m in year six of my own unique experience with what it means to move through the normal rite of passage called: A Woman’s Peri-meno-Post Menopausal Journey. IN MY OWN LIFE NOW The PMDD thing is more of a shadow in my memory, something to be mindful about and conscious of vs something I’m worried about every third week like I used to be for over thirty-four years of my own female physiological career. That is what we call it withinA 𝕎𝕠𝕞𝕒𝕟’𝕤 𝔾𝕦𝕚𝕕𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕌𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕐𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕆𝕨𝕟 ℕ𝕒𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕒𝕝 ℝ𝕪𝕥𝕙𝕪𝕞𝕤
Four month journal.
It is its own internal “career.” It’s the same career mindset that any holistic or medical modality has as it relates to a woman's inner health and her well-being through all stages of her life. It's a statement that represents the complexity and oceanic internal workings within female physiology and it's intent is to take women's health and well-being seriously.
It is the why a woman’s “history” is needed within the intake process.From our first periods to our now is always the thread necessary to assess what’s possible now. Other people can minimize this aspect of female health if they want to and they usually do, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t honor our own inner careers or embrace it as such to be able to handle all of our monthly phases/stages. It’s actually wonderful for me to lean in and recognize I have been handling this PMDD thing for over 34 years. I know what I need boundary wise with others to be able to care for myself which is just as important as anything else. Diet and exercise does not have the power to eradicate PMDD. No matter what anyone says, that just isn’t the truth, it takes a lot more than that. That is the distinction between PMS and PMDD. PMS can be completely eradicated with the proper lifestyle. PMDD, not so much. It’s just not how PMDD works. It just isn’t. Not to mention the misdiagnose and double and triple misdiagnose women are labeled with is deeply concerning.
What captured my heart with the mother in the video above from Australia combined with the science is the "Post Childbirth" on-set" piece of the PMDD pie. I felt that, my heart felt that, my life story unfolding felt that. Being the mother of my son Donovan and my son Joseph, felt that. So many parts of me felt that. I felt that even without experiencing the severity she experienced her allergy to her own hormones. I also felt that as the starting point of what caused me to create the LOVE AFFAIR WITH THY SELF MOVEMENT FROM THE START
My ultimate desire and message here is: PMDD exists, when we acknowledge it exists it doesn’t make us victims of it. Acknowledging something’s existence honors it in such a way we can work with it to find innovative new discoveries to help it so that we can move the best way we can so that we can continue to create the hopes, goals and dreams that matter the most to us.
I was thinking about....In the rooms in AA and Ala-non, when people get to a specific place you will often here them say things like: “Be glad you are an alcoholic because you can help another alcoholic like no one else can” and there are 12 steps that anyone can use for any of life’s universal starting growth. It's a way to say, keep serving others as a part of your own recovery.
Allergic to your own hormones. Allergic to alcohol. We are all allergic to something. That just seems true to me at this point in my life.
However, on the Ala-non side, Ala-non people live and learn you can not force anyone to get sober, and both AA and Ala-non communities absolutely know, staying sober is one thing but living an actual life of joy and freedom and a life of sobriety takes a lot of work. It takes more than the 12 steps or maybe it takes "keep coming back" to the 12 steps. I don't know all I do know is....
There are no 12 steps for PMDD because no one has believed women for centuries. However, as we have written in Expanded Family magazine with an article titled: Words of Wisdom from the 12-Step Program. Written by ML Mehan, a well respected academic teacher, you can take on these steps to soften and move things.....
In closing.... there are many ways to be self-loving, to take care, to reach out, to get the support and community you need.