Feel Good Fridays

Jack Nicholson portraying The Joker in Batman the movie

Happy Friday!

I have a lot of little good things happening in life.  Unexpected and sudden happy things.  Which leads to today’s quote, by Research Programmer, Norm Papernick:

“Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.”

I absolutely loved this.  Thanks, Norm, for such a fun-loving and wonderful quote!

Have a great weekend!  And laugh!

Yours, Lisa

UPDATE : Tampons Taboo?

An unwrapped, unused tampon

If you recall, we wrote about tampons and the potential for chemicals and processing which may be harmful to people who use them.  Well, there’s been some recent developments.

Procter & Gamble (they make Tampax) and Kimberly-Clark (they make Kotex) have conceded to public pressure to disclose some ingredients of their feminine hygiene products.  You can read the online ingredients of each here:

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Share Your Story : Amy

A woman at a music concert

Amy was 29 years old when she learned she had Endometriosis.  Now 38 and living in New Jersey, she has turned her personal battle with Endometriosis into a campaign to help others.

Amy’s Journey: My first memory of my cramps was when I was just 14 years old. I was on vacation with my family in Florida at my Grandmother’s house. We were there for a fun family vacation. However, my cramps were so bad that my mother insisted that I do a shot of brandy to warm my insides up. I was only 14! That is how my period started and it has continued to affect my life on a constant basis.

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Share Your Story : Nat

Yellow awareness ribbon with text that reads I'm a Non-binary Endo Warrior

Nat was 22 years old when diagnosed with Endometriosis.  Now 33, Nat wants to share a very important message to the Endo Community, crossing gender barriers and reaching out to an often-neglected group of EndoWarriors.

Nat’s Journey: We need to stop making illness about gender – a.k.a I’m a boi with endo. Under my list of illnesses/disabilities, I mark endometriosis as being one of the most debilitating pain wise. I mean yes I’ve been pretty much out of action this past week thanks to vertigo, but that pales in comparison to the pain of a first full day of menstrual bleeding that chose this morning to kick in and sent me crawling back under the covers. I’ve gone from anti-vertigo meds to the strongest painkillers I have in the flat that aren’t codeine and a heat pack being applied across my tummy in order to just sit up. And believe me when I say that I WISH I lived in America and could go buy a tub of Aleve rather than a tiny pack of NINE of the same effing tablets for £5 (around $8 USD), yes that’s right for NINE of them.

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Bladder & Endometriosis

Diagram of the urinary system in humans

You’ve likely heard that Endometriosis can grow in all sorts of places inside the body.  Well, the bladder and urinary tract are no exception.  Endometriosis implants can grow on or inside the walls of the bladder or along the urethra.

Symptoms

Common symptoms patients may complain about with bladder Endo are frequently needing to pee, pain when the bladder is full, painful urination, and an urgent need to pee.  Some also suffer from blood in their urine when they’re on their cycles (may be hard to distinguish…given the natural course of what a period does…).  This urine-blood may not be perceptible to the naked eye and require a lab test.  And as usual, many EndoWarriors only have these symptoms during their periods; others have them 24/7. It should also be noted that many with bladder Endo don’t present any symptoms.

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Feel Good Fridays

A dumpster overflowing with garbage

It’s Friiiiiiiiiiiiday!  And I’ve been having a stressful week, so this week’s quote is about…stress!  Brought to you by Danzae Pace:

“Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”

So, it’s true : we all have stress in our lives.  Some a little, some a lot.  And we all have to deal with it, or it WILL win.  Breathe. Meditate.  Get away.  Color. Watch your favorite show.  Listen to music. Walk the dog.  Cry.  Something.  Let it all out and give it some release.  I need to take some of my advice this weekend 😉

Truth, Theory, or Tall Tale?

Diagram of a stem cell

Stem cells may play a role in the regenerative and recurrent properties of Endometriosis.

Theory

A new study was published on September 12, 2015, in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medical Sciences which presents the theory that stem cells are involved in Endometriosis growth and recurrence.    It also brings up an interesting point that studies have shown tobacco smokers tend to have a low occurrence of Endometriosis, and they believe it may have something to do with tobacco inhibiting stem cell migration, thus inhibiting Endometriosis’ growth (assuming the stem cell theory explains it’s growth, migration, and recurrence).  While this publication cannot come to a conclusion as to their role, it does present some interesting questions which will need to be further researched.  If you’d like to read it, click here.

Resources:

Milena Králíčková, Vaclav Vetvicka. Endometriosis: Are Stem Cells Involved?. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medical Sciences. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2015, pp. 65-69. doi: 10.11648/j.ijcems.20150103.16

Feel Good Fridays

Black and white photograph of a cat with one ear that's been clipped

To all of you who do little things to cheer people up, thank you.  Help someone out today.  Buy a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you.  Tip 20%.  Give a hug, or even just flash a smile.  Take a penny, give a penny.  Feed a stray cat.  Wave to a passing car.  And to those EndoWarriors who send “Yellow Mail,” this quote’s for you:

“Sometimes, little things make a big difference…” ~Nino Varsimashvili

Thank you. Keep doing those little things.  You never know whose day you’re saving.

Truth, Theory, or Tall Tale

Diagram of female human reproductive organs

One day, a medication may be able to shrink or stop the growth of Endometriosis lesions without affecting ovarian function.

Theory

Many believe that Endometriosis is an estrogen-driven disease.  Current treatments include stopping estrogen production in the body by inducing chemical menopause or by prescribing continuous birth control to effectively limit estrogen production in the body.  These treatments can have devastating side effects, and some may only be taken for a limited period of time.

On January 21, 2015, a story was published in the Biology of Reproduction which discussed the discovery of compounds that block the inflammatory properties of estrogen receptors, without affecting the functions of the ovaries.  The University of Illinois also published a story.

Tests were performed on mice and found that these compounds blocked new and additional Endometriosis growth, without affecting the mice’s fertility.  Tests were also performed on cells from human Endometriosis lesions with the same stopping and shrinking results.  These compounds were also shown to work well with Letrozole, a drug which inhibits estrogen production in the hopes of reducing Endometriosis pain and symptoms.  Further testing with primates is needed before additional conclusions can be drawn.

However, it does appear that in the future medications may likely be created that will reduce, slow, and possibly stop Endometriosis growth without the horrible side effects of some of the other standard medications, including chemical menopause, bone loss, and infertility.

You can read the actual study abstract published in Science Translation Medicine.