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Conquering Fibroids: Shelly-Ann Weeks

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Shelly-Ann Weeks
Shelly-Ann Weeks

A year ago, 35-year-old Weeks watches as her sister underwent two surgeries to take out fibroids and though she empathised with her, she was not prepared to find out that she, too, had it.

Thinking she knew what to expect, she thought she would be able to tolerate the symptoms, but found out that its totally different from what she anticipated. Her monthly cramps were unbearable, her menstrual flow forced her to stay in throughout her entire period, and her stomach became very pronounced. Visiting the doctor for her regular check up, he, too, noticed her stomach and after an ultrasound, it was established that she had three grapefruit-sized fibroids.

In exploring her options, Weeks consulted two doctors who both proposed surgery, even though there is a 80 per cent chance of them growing back. While considering a partial hysterectomy, she spoke to women who had experienced fibroids and found out that the surgery could create havoc with her hormones. This would mean that she could possibly experience early menopause. This placed a lot of doubt in her mind and discouraged her from doing the surgery.

One day, as Weeks scrolled through Facebook, she came across an article titled "Shrinking Fibroid with Changed Diet." That prompted her to change her diet and balance her health through adopting a healthier lifestyle. Consulting a homeopathic specialist, she decided to try it for four months. This entailed three weeks of detox, a raw food plan and a diet sans processed foods.

An ultrasound at the end of the four months revealed that Weeks' fibroids were exponentially smaller and surgery was no longer an option.

"This change in lifestyle is the best thing I've ever done. I have lost over 40 pounds and I feel good about my body. Now, I'm very particular about what I put into my body," Weeks told Outlook, adding, "my favourite thing about my new diet is the fact that I have no period symptoms."

Weeks has totally eliminated flour, rice and meat of any kind from her diet. She told Outlook that she excludes meat from her diet as the growth hormones in animals is transferred to our bodies and feeds the fibroids.

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