Our Endo Awareness/Support Walk is in Six Months!

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2015 Bloomin’ Uterus Endo Awareness & Support Walk

The Bloomin’ Uterus Endometriosis Awareness & Support Walk is only six months away! Six months!

With that exciting realization, I followed up with the Endometriosis Foundation of America this morning to check on the progress of their 2014 financial audit.  As you are likely aware, any funds I raise for the walk are donated directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.  Gofundme, in partnership with Wepay, take their small percentage of each donation for a service fee, but the rest of the funds go to the EFA.  I don’t see one cent.  The same is true for any Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt sales (these will go live again in late January 2016) – 100% of the profits are directly donated to the EFA.  I, again, do not see one penny.  I wanted to make sure that your (and my) donations actually went toward research, education, and awareness.  Not my pocket.  Not venue fees.  Just exactly where it should be going: education and research.

But, on to the good news!  If you have purchased a Bloomin’ Uterus button, donated to the walk fundraising, or purchased a Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt, rest assured that your donations are going toward helping spread awareness and research for our disease.  Last year, 84.4% of each dollar donated directly funded the EFA’s education, awareness and research programs.  Eighty-four percent!  That’s fantastic!  And again makes me feel so confident that I am supporting the right organization.

What the heck am I talking about?

Want to register (it’s free) for our San Diego walk?  More info can be found here.

Read up on the Endometriosis Foundation of America and their efforts and projects by clicking here.

Want a Bloomin’ Uterus button and don’t have one yet?  A $2 donation secures you a button.  Just want to donate to our upcoming walk?  For every $10 donated, I’ll walk a mile on March 26, 2016!  Click here.

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Want to purchase a Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt?  Stay tuned – the campaign will be reopened in late January and I’ll post a link then.  UPDATE : T-shirts are presently available until February 22, 2016.  Click HERE for more info. 

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Thank you, everyone, for your ongoing emotional and financial support!  This has been such an amazing experience!

Yours,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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Happy Friday!!!!

Today’s quote is by American author, Sean Covey (well known for his 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens books):

“You shouldn’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself.  Every so often, everyone needs to give themselves a big ol’ bear hug and treat themselves to some TLC.”

Yes, this goes for you. And you.  AND you.  And you there, hiding in the back.  This one’s for you, too.  And all of your friends.  Spread this one around like wildfire.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours,

Lisa

Back from the Dust

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So for the first time since I started going to Burning Man, I had a period-free and pain-free experience!  This was also my first Burn since my Endo diagnosis.

This was my fifth year attending BM.  And my Endo never flared up.  No cramps. No pain. No bleeding.  No NSAIDs. No pain killers.  Years past, I would be medicated, doubled-over, and always on one of my 9-day periods (and you have to take home your dirty tampons…you can’t drop them in the port-a-potties)!  I’d like to think it’s due to my excision surgery, my (I hate to admit this) Lupron Depot treatments, my birth control, and my dietary and lifestyle changes.

I stuck (pretty much) to my diet, took my vitamins and supplements, and took my birth control pills as scheduled.  Tada!

So I did cheat a bit:

  1. Ate half a grilled-cheese sandwich (dairy)
  2. Put a little bit of butter on a baked potato (dairy)
  3. Alcohol : had 1 or 2 cocktails each day…sometimes 3 (processed sugar)
  4. Ate half a Man-Pie : toasted bread slathered in cocoa almond butter and strawberry jam (caffeine in the cocoa)
  5. Had a very tiny nibble of a Scotharoo : a peanut butter rice crispy bar covered in a bit of chocolate (caffeine in the chocolate)

But other than that, I did pretty well dietary wise!  It wasn’t that hard to resist all the temptations and foods that I should avoid.  And drank plenty of water.  AND, I pooped EVERY DAY!  For those of you who have been to Burning Man, you’ll understand the significance of this! Every year past, by day 2 or 3, you just kinda stop pooping.  Your body is tired, you don’t eat as much food, and you just kinda stop…pooping. Not this year! EVERY DAY!  All that fiber from the beans…and ohmygod, all the gas! My farts came back to me (I haven’t been farty in a very, very, VERY long time)!  Now, sometimes I still had the daggers/knives/glass running through my guts experience when I’d poo, but I have an appointment with my PCP this month for a referral to a GI coming up. Can you tell how excited I am about having poo’d every day this year? 🙂 Very!

I also maintained a healthy sleep schedule.  Awake every morning between 6-7am, and asleep by 11:30pm.

We avoided fast food on the ride up and down, and I am so grateful for that!

And…

We had our little Endometriosis Support Group on the playa!  We had a total of four people show up throughout the morning.  Again, it’s fantastic to meet other EndoSisters, talk about experiences, know you’re not crazy or alone, and hug.  Our fourth guest was a man who arrived about an hour later asking questions on behalf of his girlfriend who couldn’t attend Burning Man.  It was just awesome!

Looking forward to future years at Burning Man, but for the moment, and just so excited over the outcome of this one!

Will get back into the swing of things (aka blogging) next week.  Still doing laundry, catching up on life, petting the cat, and snuggling with the man.  I hope you all had an incredible past few weeks and am looking forward to catching up with you.

Yours,

Lisa