Endometriosis & Iron Levels

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(…no, not that kind of iron)

So, if you’re reading this you probably already know a little bit about Endometriosis.  Recently at our support group meeting, the question of iron levels and anemia came up.   With all that bleeding, can we suffer from anemia or an iron deficiency?

And, again, the topic of iron levels and Endo came up at our Endometriosis Awareness & Support Walk: could the blood left in my pelvic region from shedding Endo have caused the “abnormally high” iron levels during a blood test?

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Share Your Story : Kelly

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Kelly was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with Endometriosis.  Nearly a decade later, she shares her journey with us.

Kelly’s Journey: Hi! My name is Kelly; I was diagnosed with endometriosis while I was in high school at the age of 15. I had problems with my period but was too scared to tell my mom because I didn’t want to go to the gynecologist. Needless to say, she eventually found out and I was forced to go. My period would last a month at a time, then a week free, then it would be back. While this was happening, I was losing tons of blood so I would see my primary doctor to be put on iron pills because they didn’t know how or why I was losing so much blood. Like I said my mom found out and I was put on birth control which regulated my period.

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Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain & Pelvic Floor Therapy Workshop

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Attention San Diego-based EndoSisters and sufferers of pelvic pain!  At the suggestion of one of our EndoSisters from our support group, we reached out to Comprehensive Therapy Services, Inc. for their help.  They’ve agreed to host a presentation on Endometriosis, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor therapy on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 7:00pm.  It’s free!  Interested? What the heck am I talking about? Read on…

Do you have pain in your pelvic region?  Does sex hurt?  Does it hurt to walk or sit?

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Padma Lakshmi spoke at the San Diego Women’s Week Inspirational Conference

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Last Friday, March 18, 2016, was the San Diego Women’s Week Inspiration Conference held at Harrah’s Casino in Valley Center, California.  I coughed up the $170 to go because I really wanted to see one of the scheduled speakers, Padma Lakshmi.  Don’t know who Padma is? Not only is she a model and TV personality, but she’s the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.  And a little bit of my Hero.

She has recently written a new book Love, Loss & What We Ate: A Memoir, and was on her book tour around the west coast at the time of the conference.  So, I knew I’d pick up a copy of her book on Friday.  I expected she was going to talk a lot about her book, and maybe touch up a little bit about Endometriosis and how it has affected her life and career.

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Share Your Story : Kelly

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Kelly was 23 years old when she was diagnosed with Endometriosis.  Two years later and living in England, she’s started her own blog to help spread awareness about this illness.  But today Kelly tells us her story…

Kelly’s Journey: My name is Kelly and I’m a 25 year old woman who has been living with endometriosis since roughly 2003. I was diagnosed in January 2015 after laparoscopic surgery at the age of 23, fifteen days before I turned 24 years old. I have endo on my bladder, bowels and peritoneum (as far as I know – it has been over a year since I had a laparoscopy).

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Share your Story : Kyla

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Kyla is 34-years-old.  Nine weeks ago she had a total hysterectomy and is struggling with a potential diagnosis of Endometriosis and needs our help…

Kyla’s Journey: Hello everyone .. I recently had a total Da Vinci hysterectomy with bilateral tube removal due to several years of horrible pain with my monthly cycles and irregular bleeding with painful intercourse. I have had a very rough recovery, suffering 2 large hematomas and am still slowly recovering at 9 weeks post op. I have suspected for a long time that I had/have endo. My Dr. Has not discussed her findings during my hysto. ..she has only told me that she removed extensive scar tissue.

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Transvaginal Ultrasounds & Endometriosis

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You may have heard that you can’t see Endometriosis on an imaging study.  Well, this is true…BUT, it’s not to say that imaging studies are useless in helping to suspect/diagnose Endometriosis.  They can spot things that may indicate Endometriosis is present…One such tool is a transvaginal ultrasound (aka TVU, TVS, or TVUS).

Have you ever heard of, or had, a transvaginal ultrasound? Let me tell you : it’s not the ultrasounds you see in the movies.  No cold cream squished onto my belly with a technician rubbing a scanner along my abdomen. Nope…imagine if you will : squishy cold cream rubbed onto the tip of a rather large probe…and said probe is shoved up your hoohaw (yes, that’s a technical term).  It allows a better look at your organs around your feminine bits.  It’s not the most comfortable procedure in the world…and can downright hurt at times. But…

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Feel Good Fridays

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It’s Friday!!!  We made it through another week.  And today’s Feel Good Friday quote is more of a challenge…to you!

“It’s sad that in a world of billions, people can still feel isolated and alone. Sometimes all it takes to brighten up someone’s day is a smile or kind word, or the generous actions of a complete stranger. Small things, the tiny details, these are the things that matter in life — the little glint in the eye, curve of a lip, nod of a head, wave of a hand — such minuscule movements have huge ripple effects.” ~Shaun Hick

So go out there, toss out some kindness and a smile, hold the door open for a stranger, give a buck to someone in need, or pass out a sincere compliment!  Let’s make this world a better place, one smile at a time, today.  And tomorrow.  And next week!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

~Lisa