Do you know what endometriosis is? If you’re like so many of us, you might not…even if you have it yourself (and don’t know it!). Which is why this episode with Jessica Murnane is so important. Jessica suffered from endometriosis for a decade before receiving a diagnosis: her condition took her to the emergency room on multiple occasions and left her in constant, debilitating pain. After living for years with what she thought were just horrible cramps—as well as a serious surgery—she finally saw someone who was able to give her the correct diagnosis.
About Jessica Murnane
Jessica Murnane is an author, speaker, and creative consultant. She’s written two books – the cookbook One Part Plant: A Simple Guide To Eating Real One Meal At A Time and Know Your Endo: An Empowering Guide To Health + Hope With Endometriosis. She’s a sought-after speaker and host that’s spoken at Apple. SXSW, Wanderlust, and Charleston Wine + Food, among others. Jessica has contributed to/appeared in several magazines and websites including Bon Appétit, Goop, Shape Magazine, The Kitchn, Mind Body Green, and The Coveteur.
On this episode, we chat about:
- What endometriosis really is and why Jessica is a staunch advocate of symptom awareness
- The pervasive misinformation and myths surrounding endometriosis that people constantly encounter
- Why the pill is not a treatment for endo
- What self-compassion really means. Hint: it’s not looking in the mirror and telling yourself you’re pretty
- How to ditch wellness perfectionism and find your own path forward
- Why eliminating inflammation is impossible and what IS possible
- Being aware of people telling you “this is what you should eat” and the fear that can arise when you don’t feel good when you start eating that way
- Why it’s okay to not be in love with cooking, and still do it anyway
- Getting over the shame of normal bodily functions
- Why so many people are going through chronic conditions without knowing it
- Pain catastrophizing. What does a single cramp do to the chain of thoughts in a person without a chronic condition vs. someone who does?
- How the pain avoidance model can leave people in fear of moving their bodies
Jessica’s story is raw, emotional, and brutally honest. Listening to her is a joy and an inspiration for anyone who has ever experienced pain of any sort. So if you’re curious about her journey with endometriosis, or potentially your own, Jessica’s candour and wit are sure to offer hope and relief in knowing that answers are out there—or possibly more profoundly: that others live through these struggles too.
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Connect with Jessica
Jessica’s podcast, One Part Podcast