Saturday, November 20, 2010

Scared - need prayers please?

Could you PLEASE pray for me? I am feeling a little scared. Sometimes I get these unusual mid cycle bleeding episodes. Yesterday at work I felt something come out of me and ran to the bathroom and saw some bright blood. It stopped for awhile, but last night before I went to bed it happened again. When I woke up four am in the morning I saw more bright blood and lots of clotty stuff. It looked like my period, but I got my period about sixteen days ago so this is something different. It stopped right now, but my mid section feels crampy. I don't think it's my ovaries. I had a chat with someone at work with endometriosis and she told me this can happen if you have fibroids (I was recently diagnosed with three small fibroids and an endometrioma cyst on my right ovary.). I'm just afraid that if this keeps on happening I'm going to have to go to the hospital and they are going to tell me I need a hysterectomy. I just feel very scared about this and cried to Ed about this. We prayed and I began to feel a little better and the bleeding has stopped for now. But seeing bright red blood and clots and it isn't your period, well it is very scary for me!!

Could you PLEASE pray? I've had this happen a few other times but about one week or a little more before I got my period, but it wasn't bright red and clotty like this. And no, I don't think it is a miscarriage or anything like that because I had my period fifteen days ago.

By the way, is this normal if you have endometriosis? Fibroids? I could really need some reassurance and prayers! Thank you so much!

Thank you so much!

Love,
Maria Therese

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Your opinion, please?

I made the mistake of going to see a fertility specialist and NOT back to my Napro doctor. I've had two visits with the fertility specialist, he did blood work, saw that my estrogen and progesterone are low, heard my complaints about headaches, and he has done NOTHING for me. Zero. Zip. He made a big deal about how he wanted blood work done on me, but still hasn't prescribed anything for me. Meanwhile I'm still suffering with headaches! He also tried to convince me to try donor eggs claiming he is "doing God's work". I told him "No."

He also did an ultrasound and discovered I have three small fibroids and an endometrioma. He told me I don't need surgery though because he thinks I will be going through menopause soon which will shrink everything.

I have the feeling I need to dump this guy and go back and see my Napro doctor. I feel sad and discouraged like nobody can help me or do anything for me.

I really wish the Napro doctor could help me get pregnant. I am sad about not being able to have a baby. If only I could get rid of this headaches!! I have a super size bottle of "Excedrin Migraine" and have to pop two pills every day!

Do you think I ought to dump the fertility specialist? And go back to the napro doctor? That's what I'm thinking!

You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

May God Bless you!!

Maria

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My appointment with the specialist on 8/28 - not great news!

Sorry, I haven't posted in awhile but I have been feeling very sad and discouraged.
Here's why.

On Aug. 2nd, I turned 44. The same day I had an appointment to see a new Gyn that my primary physician recommended. She turned out to be very nice, but basically after hearing my story, told me she didn't think she could help me and returned my co-payment. She told me that I needed to see a specialist. Her office called and handed me the phone to make an appointment. The first thing they told me was "Just so you know, the cut off age for IVF is forty four, but you would still be eligible for our donor egg program." I told them "My husband and I are NOT comfortable or interested in doing IVF or donor eggs due to our beliefs (We are Catholic and our Church frowns on both practices. As much as I want to be a Mother, I am NOT going to do anything that displeases God and could cause us to loose our souls or Heaven! No way!)." Of course then there was silence on the phone. But I got an appointment for the end of the month. Before I left their office, they told me to help myself to their cup of pens and magazines around the office. Oooooh, free pens and magazines for my birthday! I left there a happy girl, LOL!

Three weeks later hubby drove me over to the specialist. He is well known and highly recommended. I had to wait awhile for my appointment. I was brought into the specialists office and was pleasantly surprised to find that he was very kind and understanding. He was a grandfather type with a great bedside manner. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. I showed him my surgery reports. He set me at ease and asked me about myself and my husband. He seemed to like the fact that I have been a daycare teacher for twenty two years and love children so much. He seemed to understand how much I longed to be a Mother and to be able to have children. He told me he wanted to be honest with me though. He basically told me that getting pregnant at forty four was difficult and the miscarriage rate was pretty high at that age. He told me that based on what he told me and my symptoms, he believed that I was going through peri-menopause. He mentioned that ladies with endometriosis usually go through menopause sooner than ladies who do not have it. He also told me that I might have low ovarian reserve and my eggs might not be good. He told me my best bet was to try using donor eggs. I shook my head at him and told him that "No, my husband and I are NOT comfortable using donor eggs. Our Catholic faith does not allow that." He then asked me for an explanation. I tried to explain, but had a difficult time and quickly changed the subject. He then told me that he believed with the donor egg and IVF programs, he "was doing Almighty God's work". I did not know how to respond to that one either. I basically told him I wanted to try to get pregnant using my own eggs and if I couldn't get pregnant with my own eggs, then we will pursue adoption. He then looked at me and said the nicest thing. He nodded and told me that he believes my hubby and I have the gift of adoption, which was very comforting and encouraging to me.

After our chat in his office, he wanted to do an internal exam. During the internal exam, he told me that he found lots of scar tissue. He then sent me down the hall for an ultrasound. I was really worried about the ultrasound and what they might find. I was especially worried that I had developed bi-lateral chocolate cysts on my ovaries again. The technician was very pleasant though and unlike all the other ultrasounds I've had in the past, she was very friendly, explained what she was doing, and showed me everything on the screen (In past ultrasounds when I tried to see the screen the technicians would shake their heads at me and tell me they only showed the screen to pregnant women wanting to see their unborn babies!). Also unlike the other ultrasound technicians, this technician told me right away what she found on the ultrasound, which I really appreciated. She thought she saw three small fibroids in my uterus, one small endometrioma on my right ovary (Nothing on my left ovary, which in the past always had large endometriomas! During my 2nd surgery in April '09 though, the surgeon after removing the endometrioma stitched it up in a way to discourage endometriomas from growing again. Wish they had done that to the right ovary too!), and one dominant follicle on my right ovary. A little while later the specialist came in to view my ultrasound, confirmed what was found on the screen, and told me he didn't think I would need any more surgeries. He thought that as I grow older and go through menopause the fibroids and endometriomas would shrink.
I was relieved to hear that he didn't think I would need any more surgeries. I have already had two surgeries in two years.

When we were done with the ultrasound, I went into the bathroom to get dressed. I then returned to the specialist's office. We talked about what he saw on the ultrasound. He thought that due to the endometriosis, the previous surgeries on my ovaries, ect. that my ovaries and eggs were probably damaged. He told me he thought I probably had low ovarian reserve. I think he mentioned that ladies with endometriosis usually have low ovarian reserve. I found this statement and the one about ladies with endometriosis usually go through menopause earlier than other women to be very discouraging and disappointing. He wanted to confirm these things with blood work on day 3 and gave me a lab order form. He also wanted my husband to get his guys tested, if you know what I mean. It was around this time that my husband Ed came to pick me up. The specialist talked with Ed for awhile, explained everything that happened, and what he thought was going on. A little while later we shook hands with the specialist and left to go home.

I waited anxiously for my cycle to arrive. Since my 2nd surgery in 4/09 my cycle has skipped three times. When my cycle does decide to make an appearance, it usually is longer than it used to be. I also don't seem to ovulate on a regular basis anymore. I was really happy when it did arrive and arranged on day 3 of my cycle for the blood work to be done at my local doctor's office. I also arranged to be tested for gluten intolerance/celiac disease (I read a couple of weeks ago that there is a link between elevated liver enzymes, which I've had since I was in my twenties and celiac disease.). I am very anxious to learn what the results will show and what this specialist will tell me on my next appointment towards the end of September. I do remember that my FSH was a 3 in '08, in Dec. '09 at my yearly physical when I skipped a cycle and was alarmed I might be starting menopause they tested my FSH and it was a 8.95 (I was told I was definitely NOT going through menopause). Now I'm very anxious what the FSH and estrogen levels might show and what I will be told at my next appointment.

I keep hoping and praying for a miracle!! Remember, one dominant follicle was found on my right ovary so now I need to be able to ovulate - please, God! I am trying very hard not to cry or become discouraged. My heart and arms ache so much for a baby! Unless a miracle happens, it seems the only way I will be able to become a Mother is by adopting. Unfortunately adoption requires a great sum of money, something hubby and I do not have. So how can we even adopt??? I do not know.

Jesus, Blessed Mother, St. Anne, St. Joachim, St. Joseph, and St. Gianna please pray for me and all women wanting so much to be Mothers!

P.S. Hubby and I were able to visit St. Gianna's Shrine in PA July 4th weekend! I love St. Gianna and pray for her to be able to help me!

Love,
Maria

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Someone emailed me offering to be a Surrogate Mother for me!

Ladies, can I share something with you? A few of you might know our story. My name is Maria, I'm forty three, and I've been married for three years. My husband (he's forty five) and I have been trying to conceive for three years now. We haven't been able to get pregnant once. Two years ago, much to my devastation, I was diagnosed with endometriosis stage four. I've had two surgeries so far.

Many know of my husband and my struggle. Our family and friends. Co-workers. People who live in our apartment. Yesterday, out of the blue, I received an email from a young lady who just happens to be a relative of a dear friend. She is young and a very sweet and thoughtful girl. She told me she knows how much I want to be a Mother and have a baby. She told me how much she wants to help me. She told me she prayed about it and she is convinced that God wants her to help me and my husband out. Guess what she offered to do? Be a surrogate Mother for me and carry our baby! Oh my gosh, when I received this email I was shocked! I still am!

Can you imagine how much I wanted to write her back immediately and say "Yes"? I mean, my hubby and I do not have many options left. I am going to be forty four in August and my periods started skipping last year right after my second surgery. Hubby and I would love to be able to foster adopt or adopt, but it's so expensive and we don't have enough money. We are living paycheck to paycheck. Also something happened to us both this year, which could make it impossible for us to ever adopt. I'm sorry, but I can't write about it here. So as you can imagine for a lady who has been teaching at daycare centers for twenty two years and loves children, always wanted her own, who cries often wanting a child so much, and feels so sad and discouraged about not being able to have a child of her own, well when someone emails you and offers to be a surrogate for you, it's really difficult (heart wrenching) to have to tell her no!!

I am not sure what to email back to this girl. She is a family friend, related to a dear friend of mine. I do not want to offend her. But even if this is the only way I can ever be a Mommy, I still have to say no! Why? Because I know in my heart and soul that God does not approve of surrogacy. As much as my heart aches and my arms ache to hold a baby and have my own child, I can't risk losing my soul (or hubby's soul). It is my job as his wife to help him reach heaven.

I know that I have to write this young lady and tell her no, but not sure how to do it without offending her. She is a very sweet girl and I know she has good intentions. But like I said before, I know God does not approve of babies being conceived through surrogacy or IVF.

By the way, I am asked all the time why hubby and I are not trying IVF. Usually I'm asked this question by people who have tried IVF. How should I respond to that question?

My husband and I are joining the Third Order at our church, which is run by the Franciscans. We will be making our Consecration to Our Lady in July. We started taking the classes in January, which is when the first trial happened. We have had several trials since. We keep on receiving one trial after another and all of them could very well prevent hubby and I from ever being able to foster adopt or adopt any children.

Sure, I could cry and give in to despair, but I won't! I'm just going to continue to pick up my rosary beads and pray, pray, pray! I'm going to show Our Lord and Our Lady how faithful I am and I won't quit!

Maybe you guys could pray for me? This infertility/endometriosis thing is so hard especially when me and hubby want a baby so much! Thanks!

Thinking of you and praying for you all!

Love,
Maria

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cycle update - I think I have bilateral endometriomas (ovarian cysts) again! This will be the third time!

Hubby and I traded in our white Ford Ranger two seater truck and bought a black Dodge Caravan this past weekend. We love our new wheels!

Hubby and I are still hoping and praying to be able to conceive on our own. Unfortunately this past year since my last surgery in April 2009, my cycles have been a mess. I skipped a few cycles, had some strange spotting inbetween cycles a few times, sometimes my cycles are the normal 26-28 days I used to have, but now sometimes my cycles go 29-32 days, and I do not see much mucus. Are these signs of being peri-menopausal? Also does anybody know what spotting inbetween cycles usually mean? Does spotting ever happen to any of you other ladies diagnosed with endometriosis? The first time it happened in October 2009 it freaked me out! The second time it happened it freaked me out too!

I might have to have an ultrasound done (I am pretty sure I have developed more ovarian cysts/endometriomas again, which probably means another surgery! Something I am NOT looking forward to! I've already had two surgeries to remove endometriosis and bilateral endometriomas!), but I do not want to go see a main stream OB/GYN who will probably give me the speech I need birth control pills or need to go see an infertility doctor who will tell me the only way I'm going to be able to get pregnant is through artificial means. I won't take birth control pills and I won't try artificial means to get pregnant. I won't do anything that could possibly harm a potential new life, abort a new life getting ready to implant, or cause hubby and I to lose our souls and heaven. There's just no way. Even though I had a good cry for myself this past weekend, I am trying so hard to pick up my rosary, pray, and trust God. I know God can do the impossible. He can do miracles! Look what happened to "All You Who Hope" and "Sew" - they're both pregnant with miracle babies! Maybe someday the same thing can happen to me?

Yeah, but I think I need to lose some weight, start exercising, and eat better. I'm trying! I'm really trying!

By the way, I'm praying for all you new Mothers to Be, new Mothers through Adoption (Hubby and I are looking into foster care and adoption, but we don't know anything about either! We also don't have the funds to be able to adopt right now either! We really do need a miracle especially since it looks like with my diminishing fertility and crazy cycles, it looks like the only way I will ever be able to become a Mother is through adoption! But how when you do not have enough funds?), and everyone desiring the blessing of Motherhood and the gift of a child! I'm storming heaven for all of us!

May God Bless you all!

Love,
Maria

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Do you suffer from Endometriosis and have painful cycles? Drink Calli Tea! No more pain!

Ladies, I have news for you!

Like so many of you with endometriosis, I usually suffer from pretty severe cramps during my cycle and have to take prescription pain killers. Well, guess what? Not anymore! I found something that works better than Midol, Advil, and prescription pain killers! It's called Calli Tea and it's made by a company called Sunrider.

Calli Tea is a herbal and green tea. You make a pot of tea with this stuff every day and sip it throughout the day. It really works! A couple of weeks before my cycle arrived, I had another strange spotting episode and was suffering from cramps and funny twinges in my ahem, lady parts all week. Well, Dr. Karen Dees recommended the Calli tea to me, I bought a month supply from Dr. Dees who sells it, and no more cramps, pain, or inflammation. I can't believe it! This is most pain free cycle I've ever had! This stuff is a God-send! I LOVE this stuff!

If you would like to learn more about Calli Tea, please check out this link!

Click here to learn more about Calli Tea!

It is such a relief not to have to keep popping pain relievers several times a day every day of my cycle and continue to cause my liver enzymes to go up (I keep having to go back to my doctor's office to take blood tests to check my liver! My next appointment for a blood test is in June!)! Now I can drink something that is actually good for me and helps fight inflammation and pain - Calli Tea!

May God Bless you!

Love,
Maria

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Key To Fighting Endometriosis Is By Eating Lots Of Anti-Inflammatory Foods!

Yesterday during my lunch hour at work I listened to Dr. Karen Dees, a Nutritionist who gave a telephone conference at Clayton College of Natural Health where she is on Faculty. Dr. Dees was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of sixteen, endured nineteen surgeries, and finally a hysterectomy (But she didn't let that stop her from being able to become a Mom! She and her husband adopted three children from Korea!). Also I wanted to mention, after learning about the connection between eating a good diet after having surgery from a herbal doctor in Japan, Dr. Dees did NOT need to have any more surgeries. Her endometriosis went into remission!

Dr. Dees stresses eating anti-flammatory foods like onions, garlic, avocados, green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. The goal is to build the immune system and build the Endocrine System.

While listening to her chat yesterday, I had a couple of break throughs:

1) Wait a minute, I have been diagnosed with several inflammatory diseases:

Endometriosis stage four
Acne
Sebborheic Dermatitis (scalp)
Moderate Persistant Asthma

2) Maybe if I start eating better, build up my immune system, and build up my Endocrine System (which is pretty bad because I've been having very painful cramps again, suffered from another one day spotting episode a week ago and then two days of brown bleeding, and ever since then I've been having cramps and funny twinges down there! I asked Dr. Dees about this and she told me that having spotting and brown bleeding is common with endometriosis. Whew!)everything will start working better and then maybe, maybe we will be able to conceive (It would be a Miracle from God!).

My progress so far (two weeks):

1) I am no longer drinking any soda.
2) I am drinking more water with lemon
3) I am drinking more herbal teas
4) I am walking home more from work (about a mile and 1/4th)

Dr. Dees has a wonderful and very informative article on her website.

Check it out by clicking here!

Special thanks to my sister in law's cousin who was a student at Clayton and sent me this article, which led to me being introduced to Dr. Dees website.

Ladies with endometriosis, other endocrine disorders, and other inflammatory diseases, there is HELP and EXCELLENT information out there! We NO LONGER have to suffer!

And a special thanks to Dr. Karen Dees! Lady, I think you're WONDERFUL!

I will write more posts on this subject, Dr. Dees, and what I have learned so far soon! My hope and prayer is to be able to help others with endometriosis, other endocrine disorders, other inflammatory diseases, and others who are suffering. In the meantime, you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

May God Bless us all.

Love,
Maria :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Would anybody like to join me in praying this novena? We can start praying it on Tuesday! Her Feast Day is April 28th! I will pray for everyone's intentions praying this novena.

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

God, our Father, You have granted to Your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought You and drew other young people to You, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them.

We thank You for the gift of this young woman, so deeply committed to You. Through her example grant us the grace to consecrate our lives to Your service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.

Glory be …

Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, You called Saint Gianna to exercise the medical profession as a mission for the comfort of bodies and souls. In her suffering fellow men and in the little ones, deprived of all support, she saw You.

We thank You for having revealed Yourself to this servant as “one who serves” and who soothes the sufferings of men. Treasuring her example may we become generous Christians at the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom You deign to share Your Cross.

Glory be…

God, Sanctifying Spirit, who love the Church as Your Bride, You poured into the heart of Saint Gianna a share of Your Love so that she could radiate it in her family, and thus cooperate with You in the wonderful plan of creation, and give life to new children who could know and love You.

We thank You for this model wife and, through her encouraging witness, we beg You to grant to our families the serene and Christian presence of mothers committed to transform their homes into cenacles of faith and love, rich with generous activity and sanctifying service.

Glory be…

O God, Creator and lover of mankind, You were close to Saint Gianna when, affected by illness, she was in the painful dilemma of choosing between her own life and the life of the child whom she was carrying in herself, a gift long-awaited. Trusting You alone, and aware of Your Commandment to respect human life, Gianna found the courage to do her duty as a mother and to say “yes” to the new life of her baby, generously sacrificing her own. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and after the example of Gianna, inspire all mothers to welcome with love the sparkle of new life. Grant us the grace we are praying for …………. and the joy to find an inspiration in Saint Gianna who, as a model spouse and mother, after the example of Christ, gave up her life for the life of others.

Pray Three Our Father's
Pray Three Hail Mary's
Pray Three Glory Be's

I hope you will join me!

I also would like to share my favorite books on St. Gianna, which I highly recommend to learn more about her!





Click Here to Visit The Society of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Click here to print out and send your prayer intentions to the Society of St. Gianna

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, please pray for us!

May God Bless you!

Maria :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Secrets, The Chastisement, and The Triumph

Has anybody read this book yet? What do you think about it? Do you recommend it?



Here is one of my favorite books on the same subject, which I highly recommend!



Has anybody read this one? What did you think about it?

I would LOVE to hear what you think about these two books!

Thanks!

Love,
Maria :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"Walk Through Japanese Garden Changes Woman's Life"

“Walk Through Japanese Garden Changes Woman’s Life”
Nutritionist Researches Endometriosis
By Jackie Holston

You Can Also Read This Article Here!

Reprint of an article which appeared in The Morning News, a local newspaper located in Northwest Arkansas, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2000

It was in a garden that Adam and Eve's eyes were opened to a new world. It was also in a garden where Karen Spencer-Dees was introduced to the world of nutrition.
Spencer-Dees, a long-time sufferer of endometriosis, was attending Sophia University in Japan as part of a student program offered through the University of Massachusetts when she was stricken by the disease, requiring immediate hospitalization.

“In 1986, I went abroad during my junior year as part of course work for my major in communications and Japanese. I was living in Tokyo when I went into the hospital for endometriosis. They did all that they could for me but they recommended I go back home for further treatment,” Spencer-Dees said.
“As part of my post-hospital care in Japan, I was sent to a medical doctor of nutrition. He made me go into his garden and he said, ‘This is food. You need food to build up your body.’ He told me you can treat a disease all you want but the body eventually starts to break down. You need to feed it. I was just flabbergasted.”
Regrettably, the hospital stay was just one of many the Boston native had endured due to endometriosis.

By the time Spencer-Dees arrived on Japanese soil, she had already undergone 19 surgeries, including a complete hysterectomy at the age of 20. Scar tissue from the endometriosis had also moved onto her intestines, requiring surgical removal of 12 feet of the organ which aids in digestion.

Upon returning to the United States, Spencer-Dees took a one-year sabbatical from college, staying with relatives in Chicago while working with a nutritionist to help strengthen her body. Ravaged by endometriosis since the age of 16, she admits developing a healthy body required a change in eating habits as well as time and dedication.

“I didn¹t feel better all at once, it happened little by little. It was a lot of work,” Spencer-Dees said. “After I got better, I went back to my surgeon in Boston. He saw that I was recovering but he didn’t know why. He told me if it works, then keep doing it, but also make sure I keep my regular appointments with him. From that point on, I didn¹t need anymore surgeries.”
As Spencer-Dees health continued to improve with the proper combination of foods and the addition of herbs imported from Asia, her educational interests shifted into the area of nutrition.

After much prayer and contemplation, she enrolled at Clayton College for Nutrition in Birmingham,Ala. The college is the only one of its kind in the United States to offer a degree program in nutrition. She received a bachelor¹s of nutrition in 1996, a master¹s in 1997 and a doctorate in 1999. Spencer-Dees has the added distinction of being the only certified Ph.D. of nutrition in the state.

“Nutrition is the science of food,” she said. “If you are deficient in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, we add those foods highest in these to your diet. We also look at combining certain foods together that will be most beneficial to building a strong, healthy body.”

Five years ago Spencer-Dees established a medical office in Bentonville where she currently practices two days a week. The outgoing 37-year-old also spends the second week of each month at the Helen Women¹s Health Clinic at Stanford University where she prescribes nutrition programs she has designed to female patients referred to the clinic by area California physicians.

During the week Spencer-Dees conducts research on these patients who are suffering from endometriosis to determine if there¹s a correlation among women suffering from the disease.“I have blood work done as well as vitamin and mineral panels so I can look at the deficiencies,” she said. “It took me three years to create a 10-page symptom survey which they fill out during their first visit. There has been research on the symptoms of endometriosis but this is the first time research has been done on blood work. This research will be used to see if there is a correlation among women suffering from the disease. The information can be used to help find a cure for the disease.”

Doctors have been puzzled for years as to why endometriosis strikes some women, specifically during their reproductive years. Endometriosis develops from endometrium, the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus and builds up and sheds each month in the menstrual cycle. Endometrial growths, which respond to hormone levels, are normal type of tissue found outside the normal location.
Endometrial tissue develops into what doctors call lesions, implants, growths or nodules which can cause pain, infertility and other health problems. The tissue is usually found on the outer surface of the uterus and the lining of the pelvic cavity.

Sometimes the growths can be found in abdominal surgery scars, in the rectum on the bladder and intestines. The problem with endometrial tissue is that it has no way of leaving the body, causing internal bleeding inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue. It was the unchecked growth of endometrial tissue which required Spencer-Dees to undergo a hysterectomy at an early age.

“The scar tissue became a problem. It started strangling other organs,” she said. “I had to have a complete hysterectomy by the age of 20. It also moved up onto my intestines and my surgeon had to remove 12 feet of my intestines.”

Then came Spencer-Dees’ life-changing walk through the Japanese garden which inspired her to dramatically change her eating habits.

Encouraged by the results, the nutrition specialist offers a line of herbs through Dees International Marketing Corp. The corporation offers more than 100 products and has more than 1,000 distributors worldwide.

“There is a lot of desire today for healthy supplements,” she said. “I like these herbs because they are ground up whole foods. They are more than just supplements; they are real foods ground up which the body can take in. I carry just one line that comes out of a Chinese company operated by two medical doctors.”

Demand for the herbs has created a 150 percent growth in sales last year. Spencer-Dees has created a website, http://opp.sunrider.com/DrKarenSpencerDees/, where the public may order the organic herbs.

In addition to her practice and thriving business, Spencer-Dees recently adopted a son, nine-month-old Benjamin from Korea, an experience she called, “life changing.”

The young mom has advice for those who question the validity of good nutrition.
“I remember how bad I felt and I never want to feel that way again,” she said. “I know now how good I can feel.”

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wonderful Article on "Endometriosis And Diet" - check it out!

Wow, this lady is terrific! Dr. Dees is a Family Nutritionist and was diagnosed with endometriosis as a teenager. She has written a wonderful article on "Diet & Endometriosis"! Please, if you have a chance, check out her website and read the article! I found it so helpful!

Her Website!

Endometriosis And Diet!

I hope and pray that this lady and her website can provide helpful information to others with endometriosis sufferers also! Ladies, we do NOT have to suffer! Please do check out this valuable website and very informative article! Hope it can help you too!

May God Bless you!

Thank you, Dr. Dees!

Love,
Maria <---feeling hopeful and encouraged after find this website and reading this amazing article!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Catholic Mommy Bloggers, what is your Secret to being able to get pregnant in your forties? Please share!

As I check out blogs of Catholic Mommies, my question is: What is the secret to being able to get pregnant in your forties? Many of the wonderful blogs I check out on a regular basis were created by lovely Catholic Mommies in their forties who all have young children! Ladies, what is your secret? Does diet and exercise have anything to do with it? Please share!

I tried the dieting and lost thirty pounds....still no baby....

I tried the giving up of the Pepsi.........still no baby.....

I tried praying the rosary, many novenas, ect.....still no baby.....

I tried charting the Creighton Method (A form of NFP).....still no baby....

I had two really FUN surgeries (NOT!)..........still no baby.....

I tried standing on my head after TTC.........still no baby........

I will continue to try to lose more weight, give up the Pepsi, and pray even more rosaries, but I think I've lost hope that I can conceive at all. I will be celebrating my third wedding anniversary on June 16th and in that almost three years we have been TTC, but I haven't been able to get pregnant even once! Not one time!

Should I just give up????

My arm and heart ache....ache so much.....to hold my own baby!

Maybe you could say a little prayer for me? Maybe a rosary? I need them!

Thank you so much!

May God Bless you all!

Love,
Maria

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My dream of being a Mommy seems impossible to me right now!

I have decided rather than continue to be sad that I am unable to conceive naturally, to try to be pro-active. One of the ways I'm trying to be pro-active is to improve my health (and fertility) by continuing to watch what I put into my mouth and to exercise more (I tried this before on my Napro doctor's advice, but it didn't seem to help us be able to concieve! Why? Lately I've heard so many wonderful stories from friends and people I don't know who are in their forties who have been blessed to conceive. What is it that these people are doing right and I am doing wrong? I don't get this. It's so frustrating to me!) Another way is to to try to raise funds to adopt a child. I have come to the conclusion that the only way I will be able to achieve my dream and to become a Mother is through adoption. Unfortunately hubby and I do not seem to have enough funds to be able to adopt a child at this time (another source of frustration. So many people are so blessed to be able to conceive on their own and have several children - all without medical help. Do they know how blessed they are? And then there's me who was told on Friday by a co-worker who nicknamed me "Mama Maria" and gave me the compliment I'd be such a wonderful Mommy. Well thank you so much, I really appreciate that but my heart and arms ache so much that no matter what I do, how much weight I seem to lose, how many times I give up the Pepsi and Caffeine, and how many times hubby and I try TTC, we haven't been able to get pregnant even once. Seriously, the only way it seems I can become a Mommy is by adopting but in order to adopt I have come to learn that you need money, a LOT of money, which hubby and I do not seem to have.)I am going to continue to be pro-active and pray the rosary asking Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and other Saints (St. Gianna Beretta!) to please send us a child to love. I am going to trust Jesus that if it's His will for me to become a Mother, then He has a special child out there for hubby and me, and He will help make it happen!

If you want to help, could you PLEASE pray for me and hubby? I would really appreciate it so much! My heart is broken. I want to be a Mommy so much, but can't right now. I hope and pray someday I will be able to!

Thank you so much! May God Bless you all!






St. Gianna Beretta Molla Novena - Her Feast Day is April 28th!

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

God, our Father, You have granted to Your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought You and drew other young people to You, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them.

We thank You for the gift of this young woman, so deeply committed to You. Through her example grant us the grace to consecrate our lives to Your service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.

Glory be …

Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, You called Saint Gianna to exercise the medical profession as a mission for the comfort of bodies and souls. In her suffering fellow men and in the little ones, deprived of all support, she saw You.

We thank You for having revealed Yourself to this servant as “one who serves” and who soothes the sufferings of men. Treasuring her example may we become generous Christians at the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom You deign to share Your Cross.

Glory be…

God, Sanctifying Spirit, who love the Church as Your Bride, You poured into the heart of Saint Gianna a share of Your Love so that she could radiate it in her family, and thus cooperate with You in the wonderful plan of creation, and give life to new children who could know and love You.

We thank You for this model wife and, through her encouraging witness, we beg You to grant to our families the serene and Christian presence of mothers committed to transform their homes into cenacles of faith and love, rich with generous activity and sanctifying service.

Glory be…

O God, Creator and lover of mankind, You were close to Saint Gianna when, affected by illness, she was in the painful dilemma of choosing between her own life and the life of the child whom she was carrying in herself, a gift long-awaited. Trusting You alone, and aware of Your Commandment to respect human life, Gianna found the courage to do her duty as a mother and to say “yes” to the new life of her baby, generously sacrificing her own. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and after the example of Gianna, inspire all mothers to welcome with love the sparkle of new life. Grant us the grace we are praying for …………. and the joy to find an inspiration in Saint Gianna who, as a model spouse and mother, after the example of Christ, gave up her life for the life of others.

Pray Three Our Father's
Pray Three Hail Mary's
Pray Three Glory Be's

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Do you want to lose weight without dieting and help balance your hormones?

Yes, it is possible! Yes, you CAN do it!

I have three books that can help you!

I have read these books, love them, and plan to put what I have learned from the books into action starting this Monday, March 8th 2010!

Would you like to join me? Maybe we can help, pray for, and encourage each other?

What do you think?

Here are the three books I recommend:

This book was written in a novel format by Zonya Foco, who is a nutritionist. The main character in the book is named Karen who is a new Mom, wife, and overweight. She is tired of being overweight and wants to learn how to lose weight, but thinks she has to eat rabbit food and go on a diet. WRONG! One day she meets her neighbors who have lost weight, teaches her how to eat right, and lose weight without dieting. It is a wonderful book! I know you will enjoy it!



This is the cook book which goes along with the book featuring easy to make low calorie delicious meals for the whole family :



And for all of us who are suffering from fertility problems out there and wants to learn how to naturally improve their hormone levels to be able to lose weight, be healthy (and if it is God's will, be able to conceive!)this is one of my favorite books:



If anybody would like to join me on Monday, March 6th 2010, please let me know! Like I said before, I will need many prayers, encouragement, and support! Thank you so much!

You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

May God Bless you all!

Love,
Maria :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Experiencing A Heart Ache? Pick Up Your Rosary!

So sorry for not blogging in awhile, but I recently was under some tremendous stress. Back in January I had to undergo a major trial related to my work. Something really bad happened and I couldn't go to work for about three weeks. I was so upset the first two weeks, I couldn't do hardly anything. All I did was cry. I was heartbroken, terrified, and shocked that this could happen to me. In all my years working with children, I never thought this could happen to me. But it did.

But then after two weeks passed, I picked up my rosary and started praying again. I asked Jesus and the Blessed Mother to send me their love, blessings, and protection. And you know what? They did! Soon after I started praying again, a peace, comfort, and a feeling that everything would be fine again came over me. I began to feel much better and wasn't crying so much anymore. But it was the longest three weeks of my life! One of the worst trials that I ever had to endure! But Jesus and the Blessed Mother were with me the whole time.

Thank God, I was able to return to work a couple of weeks ago! When I returned that first day, I was so happy to be back at work and I received so many hugs from all my co-workers! The trial isn't completely over yet, a few details still have to be completed, but it's almost over. There is still the possibility that the person who created this problem for me could start up some more trouble for me. I have been praying for this person in my rosaries asking God and the Blessed Mother to please help this person.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific about what happened or be able to write more about this, but it's not possible due to the sensitive nature of everything. I also don't want anybody involved in this matter to do a search and find this blog. This whole thing has caused me many tears and a lot of anxiety. I am still trying to recover from the emotional upset it caused me. However I would like to ask for your prayers that:

1) This matter will be closed as soon as possible.

2) Prayers for everyone involved.

Thank you so much! Meanwhile I will continue to pray, trust in God that things will continue to get better, and pray more rosaries! Jesus and the Blessed Mother in the rosary really came through for me this time and helped me so much! I am so grateful to be able to be back at work and I've been thanking them every day!

Jesus and the Blessed Mother, thank you for my job and for allowing me to be able to return to work! I love you!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your prayers!

May God Bless you!

Love,
Maria

Monday, January 11, 2010

Are salon shampoos better than the cheaper ones? Discuss!

What is your favorite shampoo and conditioner? Why?

Do you think the salon shampoos are better than the cheaper ones?

Or are the cheaper shampoos just as good (or even better) than the ones you can buy in a salon?

I will be looking forward to reading your answers!

Love,
Maria

Saturday, January 2, 2010

No Period Again - Frustrating!

It happened again. No period. MIA.

Not sure what to do.

Last time this happened in November, I waited a little while to see if it would make an appearance. When it didn't arrive, I took ten days worth of progesterone suppositories. This is what my Napro doctor recommended I do in April after my period didn't show up after my second surgery.

I am pretty sure I am not pregnant. No symptoms again except the MIA period. I wonder could this be due to my age? 43? Or my bad diet? Too many Pepsi's? I love Pepsi and anything with sugar. It makes me feel better.

My Napro doctor wants me to do a hormone series to see if I might have PCOS, but I probably have to wait until the Spring. Why? Because we are an one car family and I don't drive. My work place is only down the street from our condo. I usually walk home from work in good weather or ride my bike. However winter is in full force right now with lots of snow on the ground so walking and riding the bike to the doctor's office (within biking distance - I've done it many times before!) is NOT an option right now.

This is so frustrating, but unlike in November I am not letting myself get upset over this. It's difficult though because without ovulating and a regular period, how can we conceive a child? I can't. I know that. It seems what little fertility I might have had in my first two years of marriage, is now dwindling even further.

I now see my only option for becoming a Mother is foster adoption or adoption, but even that won't be easy. Hubby tells me all the time we don't have the $$$ to adopt. I have heard when you foster adopt the state will pay for it, but I do not know much about that.

Isn't it awful? For my arms and heart to long so much for a child, but for some reason it is nearly impossible for me to be able to conceive? And my only option seems to be adoption, but we don't have the necessary $$ to adopt? So heartbreaking! Truly heartbreaking!

Okay, I better go now before I start crying. I thought I was doing better not letting myself be sad or discouraged over this, but I guess maybe I'm not.

It's just so....well, heartbreaking to me! I want so much to be a Mother!

There just HAS to be some way for me to be able to become a Mother....please God and the Blessed Mother?

Well, I'll keep on praying!

May God Bless you!
MT