Women fret a lot about their bellies and also enjoy them.
We love to eat, unless we have been brainwashed to be too thin, and punish ourselves.
We also enjoy pregnancy and hate it when things are not right. (Like puking when we are nauseous, then are hungry and want to eat a ton of food.)
We hate being fat and we love being sexy, but not all of us are built to be thin throughout our whole lives.
To actually live with our bellies as our companions instead of something we have to fight is a difficult concept to embrace when our bellies rebel against us and we are bloated, funky, or uncomfortable.
The Belly Project is a blog that gave me strength because all kinds of women were sharing their bellies. This blog helped me feel better about myself.
Ironically, if we have a disease: such as fibroids, cancer, or obesity, we feel even worse. We feel as if we have failed. Yet, that is when our bellies need us the most, and want more nurturance.
At one time in my life I had fibroids and I looked pregnant, but was very tired and ill so I knew something was wrong. However, I knew the way to understanding is through listening my belly and trying to understand what was going on, rather than judging myself for getting sick. I worked closely with my doctors to get the right information about what was happening to me, had the surgery and it worked out well. I am happy and healthy today.
If we can be there for our bellies while we are going through pregnancy, surgery, or chemo, we might be able to stop judging ourselves and start relaxing into what is happening (even if it is painful) and do the best thing for what we need to do to get back to health. If we can accept the unacceptable, we grow from our experience.