Update: How I Handled Endometriosis and Ovarian Cysts on Trail + Ectopic Pregnancies???



Hello everyone! This was an impromptu video that I was compelled to film after a morning cup (or cups) of coffee. It is about how I handled my endometriosis on …

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  1. I think you are incredibly brave to be willing to share all of this personal information with the world in the hopes that it will help other people. You mentioned that some have accused you of "oversharing" but I see this is as being genuine, real and selfless. There is certainly some personal risk to do it. As your classmate wrote about you, you truly are a marigold. Like the people that do trail magic, you are now reaching out to help others be ready for their own trail trials. You are already inspiring others and have become a trusted source for PCT and thru hiker information. Who knows what comes next? An e-book like Dixie did ? I can't wait to find out the next chapter!

  2. Well done. I found this YT channel last spring as I was looking for some answers/explanations for what my wife was dealing with at the time (doing great since surgery last summer). I then caught up with the PCT experience you shared and continue to appreciate your manner of dealing with challenges of so many different varieties. As my wife and I have shared over the years, whether the kids are your own, adopted, or even just in your life from a different way, they are all wonderful and I'm sure you'll be just as thoughtful, aware and successful as you've been in your other endeavors. God Bless and Thank you for the video(s).

  3. I think you're super super brave for posting this video. And I'm so happy your man is so awesome and supportive! You're right, our worth isn't tied into other people or what they think, but sometimes it helps to hear certain things from the ones we love and care about. It's really hard for me to open up to people and feel vulnerable like that, so I completely understand where you're coming from and I respect you for having the courage to share it anyway, not just with your boyfriend but with all of us. Having the courage to be vulnerable is something I'm working on in my life. Much love!

  4. 32.45 — Women are totally bad-ass for dealing with all of these issues as hikers and outdoor sportswomen. You got that right. Thanks to you individually and to all of you women and girls who are proving it every day, every month, every year. I have so much respect and admiration for all of you.

  5. Thank you for this video Starburst. My wife had two ectopic pregnancies many years ago. One cost her a tube and the other would have killed her if not for (then) modern medicine. If was very dishearting at the time but we grew stronger because of hardship and are still together today. We made the decision to adopt and were blessed with our daughter who now lives down the street from us and has blessed us again with our two year old grandson. I can't wait till he is old enough to hike and camp with me! You will make it through your trials for the same reason you made it through the PCT. You have a never say quit attitude and a joy for life! Your boyfriend is lucky and I am sure he knows it!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing about your journey! I have gotten a little frustrated with getting into hiking and backpacking with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as sometimes its hard for me to keep up due to ruptured cyst pain which seems to come at the most inconvenient times. I have never heard of anyone speak about the pain of a chronic condition who is active and still goes out there. This was very inspiring to me. I just got married last summer and when we want to have kids at some point it may be difficult as well. I was adopted and so I know that world and its a very cool thing to be apart of. There are so many options to meet everyone individual needs! Thank you for opening your heart and on my next hiking and camping trip i am going to bring some of those hand warmers ♡

  7. QUESTION IF YOUR EGGS ARE OK COULDN'T YOU HAVE A MIDWIFE / NOT SURE WHAT THEY WOULD BE CALLED / HAVE YOUR BABY FOR YOU ? HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING WORKS OUT FOR YOU! I THINK YOU'RE VERY SPECIAL & ACCOMPLISHED A LOT SO FAR & PROVED TO YOURSELF DOING THE TRAIL ETC ! NOBODY ANYWHERE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU !
    PLAYERS THAT EVERYTHING TURNS OUT FOR YOU! GLAD TO SEE YOU AGAIN & YOUR HAIR IS LOOKING GOOD GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS ! BE SAFE!

  8. You hit on so many important topics it seems most people in America have never learned… My Motto is: You have to play the game of life with the cards you're dealt! Keep sending out those good vibes!!!

  9. You’re so amazing in your vulnerability and honesty. I watched all your videos on the PCT and forced my family to watch as well. It’s is a dream of mine to do the PCT someday and because of you, my dad wants to start the first couple days with me like yours did! I live in the Seattle area and would love to meet you some day and nerd out on hiking gear and all that!! Anywho, love your attitude and spirit, keep posting, these videos 100% inspire and change peoples lives. ❤️❤️

  10. First of all thank you for sharing. You are right in that it is deeply personal and people dont share it often but as soon as you do you will find out you are not alone!

    I haven't had the issues or surgeries you have had. However I did have an ectopic pregnancy about 6 years ago. If you catch it early you dont need surgery. I caught it at 5-6 weeks and was able to take methotrexate. When you do feel ready I really agree with the doctor you saw in that you need to get an ultrasound the moment you find out.

    We've been trying to conceive now for 6 years and haven't had any luck but have had no known reasons.

    You aren't alone! And hope is not lost! 💓💓💓

  11. I have no words right now. Only hearts ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💖

  12. If you’re not able to have children, I can honestly see you running an outdoor adventure camp inspiring little girls to get into backpacking and to be brave. Being such a great speaker and role model already to girls already.

  13. Jen, sweetie! Allow me to offer an unsolicited suggestion. You're 30. Reproduction doesn't get easier for any woman over 30. Please go see a quality, board certified fertility expert – now! There are all sorts of ways to have a family with your challenges. Look into having some eggs frozen. When the time comes, whomever you choose to conceive with, it's a piece of cake. Just find out all of your options now, then you don't have to worry about it, whatever challenges may come along. You'll have those precious little future children nuggets stashed away. You don't need Fallopian tubes if you've got those eggs on ice! It's, do not pass Go – go straight to the uterus with fertilized eggs ( no more than two at a time! You don't want a litter). Cheers and best of luck.

  14. What a GREAT video! Thank you for being transparent with the things you deal with. I've been managing endometriosis for the last few years and just had surgery in October. I'm a trail runner, aspiring one day to be an ultra runner. Endometriosis has greatly affected my training and has made it plain impossible at times. Hearing your story, what you've dealt with, and how you've persevered gives me great hope and motivation. Keep doing what you're doing!

  15. Greetings from the Czech Republic! I followed all your PCT videos and I really admire you. Feeling sad is all right, especially if you can't influence these things. Six years ago I was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy so I know a little bit about these feelings. But you, me, all people always have to fight … to go through all the obstacles which stand in our way. And despite things often seem impasse, we must never let them get us down. I wish you everything you want.

  16. Big Jim from bonny Scotland..oh my god lassy u are a trooper ..to look at you with your bonny smile u would never think of these things is woman's problems excuse me I'm just an ignorant Scotsman ..stay safe and keep on hikeing ps u are a bonny bonny lass

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