Christmas Shoes and the Sentimentality of the Season

The holiday season is upon us. This time of year I get very sentimental. I don’t think I’m alone. Holiday songs like Christmas Shoes, which wrecks me every time so much so that one time it was on while I was driving and I had to pull over because I was sobbing so hard, are meant to make us feel all the feels. 

I am not ashamed to admit that my youngest child comforted me during a replay of Frosty the Snowman because I cried. They said, “Mom, it’s okay. Frosty will come back again another day.” That set me off into another round of hysterics. It was really sweet of them. My family will not allow me to watch Nestor, the Long-Eared Donkey anymore. When Nestor’s mom dies because she shielded him from a winter storm (Spoiler Alert), I just lose it. I cannot even.

Basically, I could cite many more examples of how the holidays get to me. Usually during this time of the year, I am very happy and excited. I am looking forward to the festivities. We host a holiday open house on the 23rd or the 24th and do a modified version of the Feast of the Seven Fishes because I grew up in a big Italian and Portuguese family. (No baccalao, sorry, y’all. I cannot do such salty fish. Sorry, dad.) 

Unfortunately, I set myself up with high expectations and the day after Christmas I go into a deep depression. Like I said, I feel all the feels. The highs and the lows. I am also bipolar so that kind of bleeds into it. However, when my children were little, we watched all the holiday movies and specials that we could. We looked forward to FreeForm’s 25 Days of Christmas. Elf still cracks me up especially the part where Buddy jumps off the couch and puts the topper on tree and on Christmas Day we still have to watch Ralphie and company and all their antics in A Christmas Story

My children both love the moment in the Grinch when he and Max, his trusty dog, are careening down the mountain and come to a place where the mountain sends them up and around. At that point, Max waves at the mean old Grinch. They both giggle and when we had the VCR tape – my children are 20 and 25 respectively, they would ask me to replay that part over and over again. Their squeals of delight would always make me laugh. 

Christmas through a child’s eyes is more special and beautiful. I miss those days of old when my husband and I watched the kids get excited for Santa. We still, to this day, keep the Norad Santa tracker on all day Christmas Eve. My youngest would always hunt down Santa and when he got close, they’d go to bed as would their brother. I’m grateful that he, despite being five years older than they were, helped us keep the spirit of Santa alive for his sibling. 

I am nostalgic for those days gone by, but I know that some of our Christmas traditions will never go away. Someday, hopefully, I’ll have grandchildren and again be able to experience Christmas through their eyes. It’s more beautiful that way.

With the world being where it is and all the negativity going on, I am really excited to be in holiday mode. However, I feel an impending dread that I will crash hard and go into the ‘black’ as I refer to my bipolar depressive episodes. I expect the world to hold onto the concepts of peace, love and goodwill to all men (and women and children) all throughout the year; or, at least, I did up until COVID hit. I realize that the world is different now. I am different now. I think we all are. 

Christmas has become more special to me since the pandemic began because we still get to celebrate the season. I celebrate everything – Christmas, Hanukkah, The Solstice and even a day dedicated to honoring Kwanzaa. I believe that every tradition is important. I also feel that each has its own special qualities and enjoy every minute of these celebrations. 

I try to squeeze as much joy and solace as I can during this time of year. We need more comfort and love in the world. I just want to extend these warm and fuzzy feelings to other parts of the year. Unfortunately, that is too much to ask so while I will still tear up at Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas – if you haven’t listened to it, give it a whirl – and many other things. I will keep my tissues close by. However, this year I am setting my expectations accordingly in the hopes that the New Year will not send me careening into a depression. If it does, I will deal with it as I always do and get through it somehow. 

Happy Holidays to all y’all. Thank you for reading. If you find that you struggle throughout the holidays, I would love to help. Please email me at or call 512-484-7634 to set up your 60-minute complimentary session. It’s free. GIve the gift of mental and physical wellness to yourself this holiday season. Ask me about my special holiday six-pack. I’ll be happy to hook you up. 

Introducing the Your Own Soulmate Protocol

I’m excited to announce a new program that I’m offering. It’s called Your Own Soulmate – you are the one you’ve been looking for. Society has an idea of a soulmate and that we have only one person in the whole world who is ‘perfect’ for us. My belief is that we are that person. We need to become our own soulmates for many reasons not the least of which is to recognize and honor our own self-worth.

Many women, for the most part, are taught to believe that they need someone to ‘complete them’. This is a fallacy. We are complete already. We just have to believe that and understand how we are complete. This requires introspection and analysis. In order to uncover what you’re looking for in a soulmate and how you uniquely qualify, my partner Deidre Prince and I have uncovered a protocol that you can follow.

First and foremost, you need to believe that you are enough. Marisa Peer is a British hypnotherapist who believes that most of our problems stem from not believing we are enough as we are. Well, as part of the Your Own Soulmate (YOS) protocol, we encourage participants in the program to begin to consider how they are enough and understand that they are complete already. We begin by asking our participants to come up with ten positive and believable “I AM” statements that they can begin to build their newfound and strong self-concept upon.

Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to:

  • I AM CARING, etc.

We encourage folks who enroll in our program to not base more than one or two of these statements on their appearance. Many women define themselves by how they look, and this can be a slippery slope. No one is immune the deleterious effects of aging. As a result, we will work to build a solid foundation of self-esteem. In order to do so, we must look to our virtues and unique ‘superpowers’. 

In the YOS protocol, you’ll also learn about the work of Dr. Kristin Neff. Dr. Neff, who works out of the University of Texas in Austin, is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion. Self-compassion, in a nutshell, is cutting yourself some slack and showing the same level of care and concern for yourself that you show others.

There is a lot of time for self-reflection and study in the program. You will get out of it what you put into it. If you’re interested in becoming your own soulmate, let’s take a journey to the center of yourself and get the process started. Six-week long classes will begin in 2023. You can send an email to to set up a complimentary, in-depth chat about the protocol and learn more about the offering. I look forward to hearing from you.

Your Own Soulmate – What Does It Mean?

When I split from my first husband, I was about 25 years old, maybe a little younger. He and I really shouldn’t have gotten married in the first place, but I was pregnant and Catholic – so you get the drift. Regardless, I realized that I had made a major mistake. Please note that I do not consider my son a mistake. I never regretted having him, but I did regret marrying his father and, to be fair, I think his father regretted marrying me. I haven’t asked him, but I’m pretty sure he would probably say that’s a proper assumption.

Basically, after the marriage fell apart, I decided that I need more for myself and especially for my young son. I had never thought about what I was looking for in a partner or what I was looking for inside myself. Now, I’d love to say that I’ve cracked the code of being a completely whole person on my own, but I can’t. Like everyone else, I’m a work in progress and will, hopefully, continue to progress throughout my life. I often tell clients the day we stop improving ourselves is the day we die.

I began reading all sort of books like Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus and Smart Women, Foolish Choices and so forth and so on. I was on a mission to figure out the formula for the perfect partner. I began by making a list of my red flags – the things I would not put up with. I also made lists of my requirements and what I was willing to compromise on.

I then came up with a 16 page questionnaire based on that research – I was, after all, a history major from Tufts University – and began to look for partners who met my criteria. I began to believe that I deserved to do the choosing and not just look to be chosen. I’d love to say that everything went perfectly from that point on, but it would be an incorrect statement. Life is far from perfect, and I was not great at making decisions when it came to who I’d date. I did not inflict my choices on my young son…until I found my current husband, John.

John was different from the others. He actually filled out my questionnaire thoroughly and sent me back one to fill out on my own. Bonus! He checked off many of my boxes and I knew there were no real red flags. He had his own home, a good job and he was kind, caring, cute and sweet. Only problem was that he lived nearly 2,000 miles away in Austin, TX. I was living in the Boston, MA area.

We carried on a relationship over the phone back when flip phones were a thing and long-distance charges were insane. We spent hundreds of dollars a month on phone bills, but every night that I would hang up the phone with him, I’d immediately want to call him back. My bed felt lonely without him, and I wanted to just talk to him so more.

In May of that year, I totaled my car on the highway, and he was the first person I wanted to reach out to. He came up a few weeks later for Memorial Day. Being from Texas, he had not prepared for the cooler Massachusetts weather – and I didn’t know what Texas was like in May. We were both admittedly naïve. Regardless, when we had our first kiss, sparks flew. I felt like I could spend forever with this man.

I then introduced him to my son. They hit it off right away and, as they walked hand in hand to play my favorite game at the arcade together, I felt sad that my son uninvited me to play but thrilled that he seemed to respond to my new boyfriend. John and I then made plans for me and my son to move to Texas. We did that in August of 2001 and he and I married in October of that year. The following year, my youngest was born and our family was complete.

Life has not been a picnic and I’m still learning what it means to be my own soulmate, but I am closer than I have ever been, and I understand the protocol for being a complete person. I live it and teach it to my clients and friends.

I invite you to visit my new website called I go into greater detail about the protocol and concept there. I will be leading an informational class on October 11th at 1pm MDT. Visit the link below to sign up for the event. Hope to see you there.

Full classes start in mid-January. If you’re interested, reach out to me at I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

About Emotional Overeating

Emotional overeating occurs when a person uses food to comfort or soothe themselves. The person who emotionally overeats will do so to avoid feeling uncomfortable feelings. Emotional overeaters can be fat, normal sized, or even thin. All have an eating disorder, or a dysfunctional relationship with food.

Why do people emotionally overeat?

Many people learned in childhood that feelings were things to be avoided or ignored. Some come from families of food pushers. Those are people who use food as a salve for everything. If you’re happy or sad, mad or glad, there’s food shoved your way. Some people also had significant trauma in their lives like sexual assault or abuse. They use food to deal with their feelings surrounding these issues. It’s not a bad thing, but it is something that can affect their health and well-being.

Why does the US have such a big obesity problem?

In the US, we are ripe to succumb to the disease of emotional overeating and I do believe it’s more of a food addiction. We have a culture where food comes into play for everything. We are conditioned to eat to handle emotions and just about everything else. We are given mixed messages too that make us desire to eat and then shame us for eating. This sets up a very big emotional dilemma, one that many people don’t recognize, and fewer understand.

How can we begin to overcome emotional overeating?

First, you have to recognize and accept that you eat for emotional reasons as well as physical reasons. Well, in fact, you may not even know when you’re physically hungry because you’re so busy feeding the emotional side of yourself. That’s why we start with the food/mood log. It will help you get in touch with why and when you eat so that we can see if there are patterns we can examine further and work on. Using a food/mood log and the hunger and satiety scale, which we will discuss next time in more depth, can help us figure out our pattens and begin to alter them.

Lessons of COVID

Recently, I got COVID. It was a difficult experience but not as difficult as I anticipated. As I write this, it’s been over three weeks since I was officially sick. I’m testing negative but I still have a cough and am tired all the time. I don’t think I have long COVID, but I do think that we don’t fully understand the lasting effects of the virus.

However, this is not really what this article is about. Rather, I want to talk about the things I learned about life while I was sick with COVID. I had a bit of down time. Sure, most of it was spent sleeping, but I did have some time to think.
For example, when I get a tattoo, for a few days afterwards, I feel as if I can conquer anything. Being able to withstand the pain of the needle makes me feel invincible. Of course, that feeling is short-lived. With COVID, I felt something similar. I stared down the face of the beast that has been tormenting our planet for nearly three years. It wasn’t as bad as
I thought which is another life lesson. Usually when we anticipate something, we think of the worst possible case scenarios. Our brain likes to play the ‘what if’ game and spur our anxiety on.

Of course, what’s ironic about this is that the brain feels like it’s helping you and protecting you by planning for every contingency. That’s simply not true. In fact, the brain is working against you and making you doubt yourself. Human beings are resilient and adaptable. We will overcome anything. If you don’t believe that, you aren’t a student of history.
Throughout the centuries, we have faced down many pandemics like the bubonic plague and the Spanish flu. We have survived and thrived after them. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t take COVID seriously. We absolutely should, but we should not underestimate ourselves.

For example, when my family got sick, I didn’t crumble. I spurred into action and made sure everyone saw a doctor and got the rest they needed. We went into survival mode. I worked because I couldn’t take the time off – if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. That’s the life of a private contractor and small business owner. I accept it as my lot in life. There’s no one I can hand the reins over to if I’m sick. It’s just that simple, and I am more than okay with it. I am compensated well and happy to have the job that I do have. I appreciate it.

Yes, I was able to work and do what I needed to do so long as I allowed myself to rest when I could. I practiced extreme self-care. I rested, relaxed, and tried not to stress out about anything. I knew it wouldn’t ameliorate the situation. I realize that I am very fortunate to have the opportunities that I do, and I do not take them for granted. Not everyone is as privileged as I am.

Of course, that’s not to say that my life or having COVID was easy. Life is difficult, with or without COVID. COVID puts this shadow over everything, or it did until I got it. Now, I know I can stare the beast in the face and come out okay. I am not underestimating COVID, but I am no longer underestimating myself and my problem-solving skills.

No matter what life throws my way, I’m going to be okay and that goes a long way towards building up my self-confidence and self-concept. I am not glad I got COVID. Just want to make that clear. However, I am glad I survived it and learned to appreciate the blessings I have in my life more than ever before. A COVID world can be difficult and scary to navigate but it’s not impossible or unmanageable. We got this! All of us.

Deanna Goodson is a mental health and wellness coach specializing in nutritional counseling. I can work in any area of life. If you are interested in chatting with me, please set up a free, 60-minute chemistry session to see what we can achieve together. You can do that via I look forward to chatting with you!

Treating Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects the female reproductive system. It causes endometrium tissue to grow outside of the uterus in places like the ovaries, abdomen, and bowel. The condition can spread outside the pelvic area in some cases, but it’s usually isolated to the reproductive organs. Symptoms of endometriosis are varied but often include pelvic pain which can be mild, moderate, or severe.

Although there is no cure for endometriosis, treatments can help manage the symptoms. Traditional treatments include pain medication, hormone therapy and medications that block the production of estrogen. If you’re looking for alternative treatments, certain herbs may be effective in treating the condition.
Some of the more commonly used herbs to treat endometriosis include:

·        Curcurmin is the active ingredient in turmeric, curcurmin has anti-inflammatory properties and may be able to reduce estradiol production. A study in 2015 suggested that the remedy could suppress tissue migration of the lining of the uterus.
·        Chamomille has long been known to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Chamomille tea can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of endometriosis. Chrysin, a compound found in chamomille, has been shown to suppress the growth of endometrial cells.
·        Peppermint, which is often used by pregnant women to reduce nausea, also has antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that it can be effective in reducing pelvic pain from the condition and from menstrual cramps.
·        Lavender helps women reduce the pain of menstrual cramps even in small, diluted doses. Lavender oil massage is effective in decreasing the pain of periods and of endometriosis flare ups.
·        Ginger can reduce menstruation-related pain and may have a similar impact on endometrial pain.
·        Ashwaganda can help reduce stress-related hormones such as cortisol, which is found in higher levels among women with endometriosis. By reducing cortisol, Ashwaganda can be effective in reducing the pain of endometriosis.

There are a few people who tout the benefits of diet in treating endometriosis. Of course, I am not a doctor. This article is not meant to take the place of medical advice. It’s just information. I would encourage you to bring anything of interest to your doctor’s attention and see what he/she says BEFORE you change your eating plan or add herbs to your regimen.

What does the endometriosis diet look like?

·        Increase in intake of Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce lesions and inflammation
·        Reduce trans fats because women who consume more trans fats are nearly 50% more likely to have endometrial pain
·        Increase intake of antioxidants which can reduce the chronic pelvic pain that often goes hand in hand with endometriosis
·        Try an anti-inflammatory diet because it can help alleviate endometriosis symptoms
·        Avoid sugar and processed foods. Whole fruits and vegetables are best for most of us but especially for women with endometriosis.

More traditional treatments of endometriosis include medication and surgery. Medications may include NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce inflammation or hormone therapy. Surgery may be used to remove endometriosis growths and, in some cases, a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries).

No matter which route you go, please know that endometriosis is a difficult condition to manage but there are measures to provide you with some relief. I wish that there were more and that women didn’t have to struggle with these types of conditions, but – that is not to be.

Please stay tuned to this blog for more information on women’s health and hormones among other things. If you wish to work with me, please send me an email at I offer a 60-minute complimentary session to anyone looking to work with me.

Endometriosis – Basic Information

Endometriosis is a condition that millions of women struggle with worldwide. It’s estimated to affect between 2-10% of American women of childbearing age. Endometriosis gets its name from the endometrium, which is the tissue that lines the uterus and is released during menstruation.

Women with endometriosis develop tissue that looks and acts like the endometrium outside of the uterus, usually on other reproductive organs in the female body. This misplaced tissue responds, however, to the hormonal changes caused by menstruation monthly. It builds up and breaks down as the endometrium does but this tissue causes bleeding inside the pelvis. (Ouch!) Obviously, this leads to inflammation and pain as the swelling and scarring of tissue occurs. When a woman’s ovary is involved, the misplaced tissue can form a ‘blood blister’ surrounded by a fibrous cyst, called an endometrioma.

Endometriosis’ causes are difficult to pinpoint so it often makes it equally as difficult to diagnose. Some believe there’s a genetic component to the condition. Endometriosis can occur in the following locations:

·        Ovaries,
·        Fallopian Tubes,
·        Uterosacral Ligaments (ligaments that support the uterus),
·        The posterior cul-de-sac               or the space between the rectum and the uterus,
·        The anterior cul-de-sac or the space between the uterus and the bladder,
·        The outer surface of the uterus,
·        And the lining of the pelvic cavity.

Sometimes, endometrial tissue is found in other locations such as the intestines, rectum, bladder, vagina, cervix, vulva or in abdominal surgery scars.

The symptoms of endometriosis are varied and are often missed by doctors, causing women to feel ashamed for or decide not to seek treatment. These include:

·        Pain, especially excessive menstrual cramps that may be felt in the abdomen or lower back,
·        Pain during intercourse,
·        Abnormal or heavy menstrual flow,
·        Infertility,
·        Painful urination during menses,
·        Painful bowel movements during menses,
·        And gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea or constipation and/or nausea.

Please note that the amount of pain a woman experiences is not necessarily related to the severity of the disease. Some women with severe endometriosis don’t experience any pain while others with a mild form of the condition may struggle with severe pain or other symptoms.

Although it’s difficult to get a diagnosis of endometriosis, a woman should not give up on herself or the medical profession. We must fight for our rights to be heard, understood, acknowledged, and treated. Some ways that endometriosis can be diagnosed include ultrasounds, CT scans or MRIs.
Treatments for endometriosis are based on:

·        Your overall health and medical history,
·        Current symptoms,
·        Extent of the disease,
·        Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
·        Expectations for the course of the disease
·        The patient’s desire to get pregnant.
If symptoms are mild, the provider may determine that pain medication is necessary. Treatments include:

·        Oral contraceptives with combined estrogen and progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone) to prevent ovulation and reduce menstrual flow,
·        Progestins by themselves,
·        Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, which stops ovarian hormone production, creating a sort of ‘medical menopause’
·        And Danazol, a synthetic derivative of testosterone.

Next time, we’ll focus on natural remedies for endometriosis which can be very beneficial for women still seeking a diagnosis or who don’t want to use hormonal therapies or medications. Please note that I am NOT a medical doctor and this article is informative only. It is not meant to replace medical assistance. If you suspect you have endometriosis, it’s advisable to seek out the assistance of a medical professional.

Food As Medicine

Lately, if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll have noticed that I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about the medical industry, doctors and specialists, in particular. I know that many doctors and specialists are doing their best, but it’s not good enough for women’s health needs. I believe that medical schools lack the tools and resources to assist their students in learning what they need to in order to provide the best possible health care for us in the United States.
I do not know what it’s like in other countries, but I’d hazard a guess that this situation is similar in much of the Western world.

So, what’s my solution? First and foremost, I would like all doctors and specialists to be trained on hormones and their impact on the human body, particularly female bodies. I believe that medical schools should teach more about nutrition – currently, they don’t teach much if anything at all. How we feed ourselves really impacts how we feel internally and externally.

Food is medicine and has been for millennia. Eastern medical traditions understand this. Ayurvedic practitioners, for example, often take what a client eats, into account. They also provide suggestions on foods and spices they can include in their eating plans to improve their physical health and mental well-being. For example, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent and very helpful in warding off disease.

As a nutritional counselor, I work hard to bridge the knowledge gap that most people have between food and wellness. I encourage my clients to eat foods that are health-promoting that also like them back. For example, I’m not going to encourage a client to eat kale and quinoa (both of which are superfoods according to most nutrition experts) if they don’t enjoy kale and quinoa.

There are a lot of other foods that are just as healthy. Everyone is different. At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), we learned about the concept of bio individuality. I take my client’s lifestyles, food preferences and goals into account before I come up with a plan that works for them. I do not tell people what to eat. I merely suggest what they could eat to help them improve their health and mood.

I very much encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods (i.e., foods that come in a bag or a box.) The Standard American Diet (SAD) is full of processed foods. They are not healthy for us but many times that are the cheaper and easier option. That is not to say that people don’t want to be healthy. However, many don’t know how.
With so much conflicting nutrition information out there, it’s hard to know what to eat and how much to eat. Should you intermittent fast? Should you eat intuitively or stick to a more rigid schedule of eating. Some people like to eradicate entire food groups like fruit and carbs. I do not advocate for that. I prefer that people eat foods from a variety of sources.
I can help you discover what foods would be most beneficial (and tasty) for you to include in your eating plan as well as to look at food in a functional way. Food is neither good nor bad. It’s just food. However, some foods like us back a lot better than others.

Contact me today to get started on creating an eating plan that supports your health and your hormones. I am here for you.

Women’s Healthcare in America – A Sad Story

Women face a significant health crisis in the United States and perhaps worldwide. We are not treated with the respect and encouragement we deserve. Our health issues are often dismissed or swept under the rug. We are treated as body parts and not as whole people.

Alternative practitioners, usually from modalities based in the East and the Orient, understand holistic health care as do naturopaths and nutritional counselors. Each has a unique take on women’s health and a specific understanding or sneaking suspicion that not only are these health problems not in our heads, but they are systemic and endemic, affecting our entire bodies and minds.

I feel strongly compelled to help women find their voice and speak out about what they need. However, the first step in that process is for women to figure out what it is they want and need from their practitioners. Women are culturally taught to subjugate themselves and their needs in favor of their children and families. Many women overlook symptoms until they get to critical mass.

We don’t need to suffer and struggle. Taking care of ourselves is vitally important. We are the backbone of the family, and we are the backbone of this country, the United States of America. Our contributions aren’t always honored, but they are significant. We are significant.

It’s time we treat ourselves with the love, attention, and respect that we give to others. We are precious individuals worthy of love, respect, and support. It is through us that new life is formed and sustained. We are creators whether we are mothers or not. We birth family, friends and ideas/businesses every day.

For women with reproductive health issues like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Pre-Menopausal Depressive Disorder (PMDD) and endometriosis, the time it takes to get a diagnosis is egregious and, in my eyes, criminal. Women are made to suffer often in silence because no one seems to know how to help them. As a result, they put the responsibility back on the woman and make her feel as if she is to blame for her pain.

What a ridiculous notion! Unfortunately, so many of us fall for that deception. We come to believe that we are a bother and often give up on seeking a diagnosis. One can only get so many nos before they give up. I am asking you not to give up – demand more from your doctors and be willing to fire them should you need to. You are also a consumer and health care is a product. If it is not working for you, then move on to another provider who will listen. Over time, I plan on this site to make a list of caring, compassionate caregivers nationwide that women can go to to receive the help they so richly deserve.

Thank you for indulging me – yet again – on my soapbox. I am currently writing a book tentatively titles “Whore”-Mones. It’s about how primary care doctors and most specialists don’t have a clue about what hormones do to and for women’s health, especially estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

Want to work with me? Great! I’m always on the lookout for new clients. Feel free to set up a free, 60 minute complimentary session with me at I look forward to assisting you.


Three Women Struggling within Our Current Healthcare System

I can not sit by any longer and watch kind, intelligent and intuitive women who know their own bodies being told by medical professionals what they should do when they know nothing about hormones and how to help these women. They don’t know what’s wrong with them so they make them feel like it’s their fault. These women are not failures; the American medical system has failed them.

Yevgeniya’s Story

Yevgeniya (not her real name) is 30 years old. She has pre-menstrual depressive disorder and is trying to get pregnant. She struggles so much with her PMDD that she sometimes fears for her life around ‘that time of the month.’ A nurse practitioner at her gynecologist’s office prescribed her with an antidepressant because she couldn’t figure out what else to do.

My big question is why a NURSE PRACTITIONER at a gynecologist’s office would prescribe an antidepressant to a patient? Why? She had no right to do so. She also prescribed the wrong medication as it was making Yevgeniya feel worse. She had nausea, vomiting and wasn’t sleeping. When I talked with her, she was at her wit’s end and crying uncontrollably.

I urged Yevgeniya to get a second opinion on the medication and to do it soon. Even her husband seems to think that the medication is ‘making things worse.’  

Anastasia’s Story

Anastasia is 19. She has struggled with her hormones since she hit puberty. Her PMDD was so bad that she sought out the help of her pediatrician who prescribed her with birth control/Estrogen. The estrogen lead to migraines, one of which lasted a month long and Anastasia had to be put into the hospital to ‘knock it out.’ There, her new neurologist referred her to a reproductive endocrinologist who told her that she needed to ‘exercise more and eat less.’ Anastasia was not very overweight at the time.

The doctor then prescribed her with a progesterone implant that worked for a while. When it stopped, Anastasia began bleeding profusely and the PMDD returned in full force. Then, she was put on Depo Provera by an adult doctor, a gynecologist. Anastasia was 17 at the time. Now, at 19, the depo is not working very well. She has fibromyalgia and a strange gynecological issue that no one can seem to find.

It seems she has endometriosis but without a diagnosis or a doctor who even believes her, I don’t hold out much hope that she will get the treatment she’ll need and she will continue to feel demoralized with each doctor’s visit. She is now working with an acupuncturist to see if Eastern medicine can provide her with the relief she so desperately needs.

Martika’s Story

Martika is 26. Up until recently, everything was fine with her. A thin young woman who is vibrant and pretty, she began having episodes of feeling something ‘pop’ in her reproductive area. She’d go to the hospital scared out of her mind and the doctors would do an ultrasound and say they couldn’t find anything because it had popped already. She’s been to multiple doctors who have all told her to just ‘cope with it.’

Her way of coping with it is to change her entire diet and life. She’s afraid to leave the house and moved back in with her parents. She feels a shell of her former self and it pains me to see what is happening to her. In our work together, I have encouraged her to seek help from an Ayurvedic practitioner to see if there’s anything they can do for her.
There is more that I could say about each of these women and many more that I see in my practice and throughout my life. It seems that many women have these stories and it’s appalling, upsetting and well, it makes me angry. I want to help and I will figure out a way to do so.

If you have a story to share or wish to work with someone kind, compassionate and caring, please reach out to me. I am not a medical professional, but I am a credentialed and trained mental health coach. I can help you feel less alone.