How I went from the discovery of having endometriosis, to corporate burnout, to infertility, to pregnancy, to giving birth to twin boys, and am now running a business I love and helping women around the world do the same! 🙂
Optimising your health takes knowledge, mindfulness and perseverance.
But optimising your health so that it ripples into your life takes a whole lot more: it takes a proven system that 100s of women went through created by an expert who understand the path that is in front of you.
This is my Journey
Diagnosis of Endometriosis
I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2011. Back then I started to be in pain almost daily, and had no clue where that was coming from. That is, until a friend mentioned to me to check out symptoms from endometriosis, and I recognised myself in almost all of them. I underwent a surgery later that year, and started strong hormonal treatments.
Back at zero & Corporate Burnout
The hormonal treatment that I was going through helped partially. Though I was in no pain because I wasn’t menstruating, I started to feel symptoms of menopause, inflammation all over my body with pain in my joints, and pilled on more kilos than I would have wanted. Being overworked didn’t help either.
Taking a break and discovering how to take my health into my own hands
At the end of 2012, I was so exhausted and in so much pain, that I discussed with my employer at the time to take a 6-month unpaid sabbatical to rest and recover. Though this is not what I had initially intended, after resting and recovering some of my strength, I started looking into natural solutions for endometriosis, and soon discovered that there were many things I could do to get out of the pain that I was again in. I just needed to find the right tools and start. Luckily I had over 30 hours a week over a 6-month period to do my research. This lead me to start Lotus Power Health in September of 2013. Despite this work, I had to have surgery again later that year. But now, I knew what I needed to do to really heal from the inside out.
More work on myself and more knowledge acquisition
As I had decided in 2013 that I wanted to start a new career within the health industry, and share what I had learnt that helped me get almost out of pain, I enrolled into different certification in 2013 and 2014: the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the HormoneCure practitioner course, and the Integrative Women’s Health Institute. If you’d like to learn more about my thoughts on these courses, I invite you to check out this page.
More certification courses and corporate trainings
Before you say it, yes, I’m a knowledge junky! 🙂 I enrolled into further certification courses at The Health Sciences Academy and through other certification institutes to broaden my expertise so that I could help my clients find the path that works for them, a.k.a. bio-individuality.
Since I was at the time working part time for a big insurance company, and they were open to it, I also started giving workshops internally on the principles of eating for energy as well as work-life balance.
Big decision time and miracle/surprise pregnancy
As you know by now, my genetic make-up makes me prone to endometriosis if I don’t do the right things to support my body and my health. As a consequence, it also makes it a lot more difficult for me to get pregnant AND stay pregnant. What I didn’t tell you is that my husband was also diagnosed with azoospermia. As such getting pregnant and staying pregnant would truly be a miracle. That’s when we decided to let go of the idea of ever being parents after 5 years of trying, but still decided to give one shot to IVF. And the miracle happened: I got pregnant, stayed pregnant — even though I had to stay in the hospital over two months — and gave birth to healthy twin boys on December 20, 2016.
Extra self-care practices and new life as a mom to twin boys
2017 was a year of partial healing sprinkled with many decisions, reflexions, growing as a mom and as a couple. It wasn’t always easy. I had to recover from a C-section for which I was in pain daily for over 6-weeks, and still am from time to time. I had to learn this new exhausting schedule of being a mom and feeding underweight babies (which my boys are lucky they didn’t stay for so long). I had to practice self-care when I could, even when that meant just 5 minutes a day. I had to let go further of my perfectionism and rethink of the way I wanted to create my business, which lead me later to start AudreySArnold.com, a business strategy and consulting business that helps female entrepreneurs save time and get out of overwhelm.
Self-care through online events
In 2018, I created a fun challenge for myself which was to share through bi-monthly webinars some of what I know. You can find these in the Lotus Power Health Academia.
Self-care through more online events , self-care practices and live workshops
More great stuff coming your way.