“I’m 27 years old and I have a tumour sitting just below my brain on my pituitary gland – also known as the master gland, hormone controller or third eye. The trouble isn’t just that I have a tumour but that it is pushing on the gland so I excrete too many hormones which leave me feeling all sorts of mixed up. All these extra hormones can cause a wide range of side effects from confusion and vertigo to adult acne, infertility, excess hair growth, depression and my favorite, weight gain.
It’s not what I would have chosen for myself but hey, it’s taught me to appreciate my life in a way I’ve never been able to before and I’m grateful for that. Like many other young Australian’s working through health issues, the journey of healing my body is one I will be on for the foreseeable future.
Lucky for me, I’ve found ways to counteract most of the side effects of my tumour with natural therapies- but not without struggles before getting here. Early on while I was trying to find a diagnosis for my condition, I was offered anti-depressants, told to go on the pill to normalise my periods and even offered creams to clear up my skin – all of which I declined.
These suggestions didn’t sit right with me, I didn’t feel heard or understood- I felt like I was given a band-aid on what I’ve now discovered to be a tumour. I wasn’t sure on what I had at the time but what I was sure of is that I didn’t want to put drugs in my body to fix the side effects, I wanted to understand the root cause. Looking back now, I’m really proud of the choices I made. I can’t help but think if I had listened to the doctor’s suggestions and started taking these drugs that I would have hidden the side effects, I probably wouldn’t have found my tumour until much later.
A few months down the track, I teed up with a Homeopath for a second opinion, it was her who encouraged me to get my hormone levels checked and started treating me herbally to regulate them.
The change in my quality of life before & after starting my Homeopathic remedies is like chalk and cheese, my hormones were still high but stabilised, my mind became clearer, my weight started to drop, my moods lifted & I had far more energy then I have had in my life, ever!
I continued taking these remedies while I was getting referred to a specialist, having blood tests, an MRI, and a clinical diagnosis. I was instructed by my specialist to go on a medication called Dostinex, that it would hopefully shrink my tumour over an undetermined period of time. I was also told that the medication can have worse side effects then I had experienced from the hormones, though given where the tumour is it’s not the type of thing we wanted to grow and this medicine had the best success rate of shrinking tumors.
Despite some of my experiences of being offered what felt like were band-aids, I believe that both modern & natural medicines hold an important role in my healing. If anything I would say natural medicine seems to act more effectively & with no side effects for me.
What I’ve learned is to be smart with my health, to get as much information as I can from different viewpoints to make an informed decision. In my case, natural therapies were are an avenue I am grateful I explored. I have high hopes for my future and I’ve integrating both types of treatment into my healing plan to set myself up for overcoming my illness.”
– Nogani, Victoria
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