I had a professor Dr. J.A.P tell me, “ I know where your fibroids came from, STRESS from graduate school.” At the time I was thinking, “OMG, Dr. J.A.P is such a conspiracy theorist”, but now that I am older she may have very well been right. In certain disease process such a physiological events, stress caused by life events can cause certain disease to rear its ugly head, and the same thing might apply to fibroids. Where were you when you were first diagnosed with fibroids? What stressful events were occurring in your life around that time? How long was that stressor going on? Well let’s see if I answer those questions, I was diagnosed in graduate school in 2009, but I didn’t do anything about it until 2010. The stressful events going on in my life involved me being in graduate school and trying to maintain a 3.0 GPA, a roommate I didn’t particularly care for, financial strains of being in school and my grandmother living and receiving treatment for ovarian cancer. Those stressors begin in 2006 and lasted until 2010, sleep deprivation, mediocre diet, the fear of failure and stress from every angle could perhaps have been the initiator of my BIOCHEMICAL REACTION. Stress+ lack of exercise+ subpar diet + underlying hormonal imbalance = biochemical reaction that led to fibroids. What in the heck is a biochemical reaction anyway? It is the transformation of one molecule to a different molecule inside a cell, but it needs a catalyst to ignite or to be initiated. Very much like adding fuel the fire, the more fuel you add the larger the flame. If you are truly honest with yourself, unless you believe your fibroids are purely genetic, I guarantee that you can pin point exactly when your issues began. As stated on my blog before, many physicians and researchers do not exactly know where fibroids comes from, but if you look at the demographics of women that experience fibroids more frequently i.e African American and their stressors it may make sense. It is thought by some holistic wellness counselors that the stressors of being taken from our homeland and forced into a life of slavery, the hardships of slavery(children being sold, husbands being killed, repeatedly raped, lost of cultural traditions/heritage) inequality, segregation, and more currently discrimination at the job, being a single parent and the list goes on, a biochemical reaction can be a result of those stressors. Although other races have faced hardship and unjust treatment, it is believed that the aforementioned caused a biochemical reaction that causes African American women to be predisposed genetically for fibroids and when a catalyst is introduced to your genetic makes up, fibroids can be the end result. What is your catalyst? Can you make changes? In order to truly see healing from fibroids on your natural journey, you have to change the catalyst in your life? Evaluate your life, do you enjoy your family? Do you enjoy your friends? Do you enjoy your job? Do you enjoy your significant other? You may answer yes, no, maybe, or even sometimes, but one thing doesn’t change, YOU CAN INITIATE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. If you don’t get along with your family seek counseling, or forgive them and move on. If your friendships are changing, their season may be over, or better yet don’t continuously pour into someone that cannot pour into you. If you don’t enjoy your job, let it be a means to help you do something you LOVE… life is too short to just work and DIE. If your significant other is abusive in any form, not supportive, or you just don’t like them, don’t stay for the sake of being with someone and don’t leave because you are petty, NO ONE is perfect. I only touched on a couple of situation that could be the catalyst that cause biochemical reactions in your life, but it’s time for you to reflect and see what your catalysts are so that you can be the catalyst for your healing. Peace, Blessings, & Healing!!