Training for Everest is no small feat. And nothing could have prepared me for the mental and physical toll it would have on me. Balancing it with daily life, working and being a mum, was difficult, to say the least.
But it has been totally worth it.
My training routine
If I’m honest, I didn’t anticipate being as ill as I was and how much this would impact my training. I work full time for the NHS on top of training and dealing with endometriosis whilst caring for a family has been quite the challenge in the run-up to going to Everest. I told myself If I really wanted it to happen, I would make it happen. I had to be inventive in fitting as much training as possible while balancing my illness and busy life.
I began by getting a lift to work and then walking the 2-mile journey home every day. I found it hard to fit in going to the gym or scheduling training weekly. I didn’t want to feel disappointed when endometriosis would get too much and throw me off course. I just kept doing things when I could and listening to my body. I didn’t want to exert myself and not be able to complete the trek at all.
When signing up to the trip I didn’t know what my future plans looked like in terms of management of my condition. I ended up on prostap injections which really had a detrimental effect on my daily living. I would get so tired and no matter what I did, I kept putting on weight. My mood dipped and I started to feel like I was climbing a mountain before even getting there.
A day in my life
A typical day for me while training was a very busy one! I would start my morning routine by waking up at 6:30 to walk the dog. I would get myself ready and round up my two fantastic daughters, aged 12 and 14 and then drop them off at school and make my way to work by 8:30 am. However, a week before coming to Nepal I started a new job within the NHS tracking cancer patients throughout their NHS pathway. Which, on top of training for Everest, was enough to make my head explode!
I would usually get home by 5:30 pm to which I’m usually exhausted after a long busy day. This is when my busy family routine begins, from shopping, cooking, cleaning and walking our dog Luna. Then I finally sit down by around 10:30 to have an hour with my husband before bed. My busy day normally takes its toll on me by the evening and I normally spend my me-time nursing a huge endo belly.
Most days I power through my day and actually working and keeping busy works for me and keeps my mind off my endo pain. I do however take regular pain relief and this is where BeYou has come in super handy. Offering me discreet natural pain relief that I can use around my busy lifestyle.
With having unplanned prostap injections as a treatment it really derailed my plans. Whilst I did see improvement in my pain, I experienced many unpleasant side effects like hot flushes, insomnia, mood lows and weight gain. Which was obviously not ideal for my Everest training. At first, I would feel mentally low from not achieving as much as I planned but then I redirected this to the understanding I can only do my best. Trying as hard as I could, when I could, was the most important factor. My motto was to keep moving forward, no matter how slow just keep moving.