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About

 

Halona Black, halonablack@gmail.com

Hi, I’m Halona Black — Health Writer, Speaker, Women’s Wellness Advocate

My name is Halona Black and I a Health Writer, Speaker, and Women’s Wellness Advocate living in sunny Orlando, FL. I initially began this website in 2010 as a place for self expression shortly after having a myomectomy for uterine fibroids. Little did I know, my need for self expression would morph into a calling to advocate for women with reproductive health challenges who are looking to use both western and traditional approaches to health and healing.

What’s So Special About This Blog? 

When I started this blog, there were very few women who discussed their own experiences living with fibroids openly. I had read all the statistics about the high numbers of women, particularly black women, who’s lives were affected by the condition. However no one was willing to talk about it. I quietly put my own thoughts out there just to see if anyone could relate. The response was astounding. I have connected with women all over the world with fibroids from the US, Canada, the UK, Kenya, Iran, Australia, Nigeria — the list goes on. All of these women were looking for ways to manage their fibroids beyond the use of birth control pills and a hysterectomy. Women are looking for healing that addresses the whole woman, rather than tactics that solely medicate or cut out crucial body parts.

I now take a holistic approach to womb wellness and reproductive health, looking at your womb as the center of your female essence. It is more than just a place to bear children, it is where you hold the key to your happiness. As a woman, it is important to process your hurt, anger, and disappointments as they can turn into fibroids, cysts, heavy periods, and infertility. Garlic & Lemons is the place you come to learn how to reclaim your health.

Fibroids and Stress Don’t Mix 

I suffered with fibroids for at least 10 years.  I experienced menstrual periods so heavy I couldn’t leave the house.  My uterus had grown so much that doctors said I had looked like I was 4 or 5 months pregnant. I had at least two blood transfusions just so I could function without falling faint doing routine household chores.  The only temporary relief my gynecologist could offer was birth control pills. Desperate to stop the bleeding at any cost, I took one, two, sometimes three birth control pills in one day, unaware that it could result in a massive stroke.

During those years, my career and personal life were a mess. My mother was dying of breast cancer. My marriage was falling apart. I was in a career that was no longer satisfying. And I was in a doctoral program that seemed like a great idea at the beginning, but was quickly wearing me down. As a result of living in a state of constant stress, I ate, and ate, and ate until I was numb. Then I ate some more. Pizza, Chinese food, hot wings — sometimes all in the same meal. My weight ballooned to almost 300 pounds, further complicating my health and putting me at high risk for heart disease and diabetes.

I had a myomectomy to remove 8 large fibroids in June 2009.  I thought I was in the clear thinking that a surgical intervention would surely cure me.  Six months after the surgery, a doctor told me the fibroids were growing back. I knew I had to do something different to save my own life.

Life Begins in the Kitchen

The fibroids were just one way to let me know that I was neglecting taking care of myself.  That is what illness is — it’s a red alert signal to let you know that something is going wrong in your body. After years of poor eating habits, little exercise, unfulfilling relationships, nonstop work and school with no breaks for “me time” — my body had begun to turn on itself to a point where I felt like I was dying.

Over the last 10 years, I have tried a number of things to get a handle on my fibroids:  herbs, extreme changes in diet, and of course surgery.  Where I went wrong is that I was thinking that my fibroids were growing in isolation of other systems within my body.  I learned that there is no one pill, herb, or even surgery that can save you from fibroids if you don’t make wider changes in the way you treat yourself. Good health comes from exercising regularly, hydrating your body, creating healthy relationships, developing a meaningful spiritual practice, boosting your self-esteem, and yes, feeding your body nutritious foods.  I learned how to do all that simply by spending more time in the kitchen. My mission is to teach you how to do the same.

My Background

I advocate for women to take a more active role in their interactions with healthcare professionals as well as in learning how to preserve their health on a day to day basis while at home. I believe this is the key to creating thriving families and communities around the world.

I have a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for International Education. I spent 12 years in adult education and workforce development serving as a teacher, advisor, and administrator in various countries in West Africa and Washington, DC before her interest in health and wellness took over. More recently, I was a Healthy Cooking Instructor and Personal Chef having collaborated with Whole Foods Market and New York City Public Schools. I’m now working with small businesses and corporations to write books and other content.

I am the author of Loving My Fibroids Away: A 10-Day Detox Plan, available on Amazon, and currently writing my second book discussing alternative methods to addressing fibroids.

Hire Me to Speak

Are you a member of a women’s group, association, or corporation looking for a dynamic speaker or workshop leader to discuss issues relating to women’s health, workplace wellness, or family nutrition? Let’s talk! Email me at HalonaBlack (at) gmail.com.

 

 

 

20 Responses to About

  1. Marlene vicario says:

    Hi I have multiple fybroids at different sizes. The symptoms are progressing bloatiness,period two weeks and alot of cramping. Please help. Thank you!!

    • Hi Marlene. Thanks for stopping by. I have a fabulous fibroid cleanse group program coming out in the next few weeks that will help you with your symptoms. In the meantime, take a peak around the blog to find my past articles on fibroids.

  2. Halona,
    I’m enjoying your website. I’ve found that an especially effective treatment for fibroids in black women is a gluten-free/dairy-free diet. You might want to see if eliminating these complex proteins that were not part of our ancestral diet might help. Best wishes,
    Connie

  3. Ketty says:

    Hi. Love your information. Please get me your newsletter ASA
    p.

  4. Casey says:

    Hi – I have fibroids as well. I already had surgery and have a suspicion that the method chosen by the doctor (use of robot) was done so that he could get “practice” of using new technology on me. In other words, the robot could not get out all of the tumors. Anyways, most doctors I have gone to seem to indicate that (by feeling my tummy) that it has grown. Is there any way to get rid of them naturally?

  5. elizabeth igwe says:

    hi, I like your idea concerning fibroid. I so much believe in eliminating fibroids without surgery. I like to recieve more of your information because i had scan that shows some growth around my uterus.

  6. Beatrice Okoth says:

    Hi…I have fibroids…i hate the bloating and indigestion…HELP!!

  7. Gifty Tetteh says:

    Pls I had fibroids surgery for just 8 months now and another fibroids is developing. Pls help me to shrink it naturally.

  8. Bola says:

    I need your help I have two big fibrod wit evfy bliding Can I use lemon and Galic to cure it

  9. Wonderful Hohome says:

    Please how did you use garlic and lemon to cure your fibroid? Please help me out.

  10. Lucy says:

    Hi Halona, I started urine therapy 3 months ago, and the first period just a day after I started was without pain killers and without pain. In my case, my period appeared to almost stop, 3 months later there are still a few clots it’s good flow and no pain. I did a lot of research on line before taking the plunge of drinking my own urine but I can say it is well worth it. I am also douching with urine, and attempting quicker healing with inserting garlic/ginger/turmeric. I will also start virginal steaming, and I am replacing tampons with a cup which I found impossible to find in Australian supermarkets, so buying it online.

    I hope this information helps you or someone.

  11. Lucy says:

    sorry ** Vaginal steaming **

  12. Tara says:

    You have no idea how grateful I am to have found your page!
    I’m battling so many symptoms due to my fibroids and I’m at my wits end. I could lay in bed all day, I could sleep 4-5 hours at a time all because of fibroids. I am to pursue a graduate degree but due to my health I’m too tired to even think about it.

  13. I was diagnosed with 2 medium sized fibroids which placed an enormous pressure on my bladder. I was advised by 3 different doctors to undergo surgery to remove these fibroids as I was told that there was nothing I could do to shrink or stop their growth.

    However, I researched some natural remedies and went to my local health store and bought the herbs and vitamins and the other more basic ingredients I needed.

    After 7 days I didn’t see any change so I thought ‘here we go again’. But it wasn’t another disappointment. By the end of the 6th week on a bright Monday morning, all the pain and the awful bloated feeling just stopped.

    I’m thrilled to report that my last ultrasound showed that both my fibroid tumors had shrunk by 80%. My periods are much more consistent now, and I hardly experience any pain.

    In case you’re wondering, this website contains some of the remedies that helped me:

    http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/fibroids

    Hope it helps anyone reading this!

  14. Augusta Pines says:

    I’ve been trying to shrink my uterine fibroids for about 9 months. I’m so happy I’ve stumbled on your website. It sounds like it’s worth a try. I’m trying to find the right foods i should be eating. Also I’m experiencing heavy cramps, not much bleeding. I’m excited about your book. How much is it? Sincerely,Augusta

  15. joy chris says:

    joy Chris says 22/12/2016.I have uterine fibriod for the past five years and had been trying to conceieve but to no avail.please help me out. doctor said it is outside the womb and also penduculated.

  16. joyce says:

    i want to shear this great testimony on how i surfer from fibroid problem for good 9 years when i thought there is no hope for me and my husband was loosing hope that i can not bear children again so i move from one clinic to another for the solution to my fibroid issue one day my church member came to my house and i explain my problem to her and she told me how she treated her fibroid issue then she told me that, there is this great herbal man who cure her from it and she gave me the herbal man contact via email and i contacted him and dr. davismartin told me that i should not worry my self that he will give me a herbal medicine that will cure me permanently which he did am now giving thanks to him for the great work he has done in my life. if you have any problem about fibroid or any diseases he can cure it for you if you need is help email him via drdavismartin62@gmail.com

  17. doris says:

    please i have multiple fibroid growth on my uterus wall and i don”t to undergo surgery. please i need natural way of eliminating these fibroids.

  18. Irede osijo says:

    I love to know more about effect of garli and lemon on fibroid. Thanks

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