Feel Good Fridays!

yellow birthday cake decorated with candles and white daisies

Friday already??  This is  an exciting Friday for me because my 37th birthday is just around the corner!  Come Sunday, May 1st, I’ll be one year older!

Normally, I don’t care to celebrate birthdays.  It’s not that I don’t like them, but they’re just another day for me.  I love getting older and wouldn’t go back in time for the world!  And I think I’m just so excited about this one because I’ve looked back on the past year and love all that has happened.  Looking forward to what Year Thirty-Seven brings!

So today’s quote is inspired by the birthday!  Author, Ned Vizzini, once wrote,

“Deep down I believe my year was a special year : it produced me.”

Is this a quote just about MY birthday? No.  I wanted to share it with you so you could each embrace it – YOU are special.  And your year…your vintage…created one hellava great person.  So when you have your next birthday, think highly of yourself.  Celebrate!

Aaaaand…have a GREAT weekend!

Inflammation & Endo

Inflamed Bloomin' Uterus logo. It looks bloated and swollen

The Oxford Dictionary defines inflammation as, “a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury and infection.”

An article which is slated to be published in June 2016’s Frontiers in Bioscience reviews previous studies and literature which discuss how inflammation may cause Endometriosis to develop.  It states, “…inflammation is crucial in the pathogenesis of endometriosis…” Pathogenesis is the development of a disease; the cellular events and mechanisms that lead to a disease.

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Surgeries for Diaphragmatic Endometriosis

Text that reads Laparoscopic management of diaphragmatic endometriosis by three different approaches

A video released on April 19, 2016, discusses three surgical options for removing diaphragmatic Endometriosis.   As you may know, I have Endometriosis on my diaphragm (and I’m not talking about the birth control), as do several other EndoWarriors that I know.  What does that mean?  Read all about Endo and the lungs or diaphragmatic Endo.  If you’d like to know what Endometriosis looks like inside some patients, fast forward to the 4:01 mark of the video…

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Recap : Nigeria’s 2016 Endo Awareness

People walking in Nigeria's 2015 Endo Walk

Abuja is the capital of Nigeria, located in West Africa.  I contacted the organizers of the 2016 Awareness Walk for Abuja to get some information about how their walk went.  Chukwudi Eze responded to my inquiry went above and beyond! Not only did he provide me info on their walk, but supplied a recap and photographs of several other Endo events The Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria (ESGN) hosted over the past few months.  The ESGN was founded in 2005 by Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, who was also recently awarded the Endo Hero of the Year Award by the EndoMarch Worldwide in recognition of his contribution to the cause.  Dr. Ajayi has been the financial and moral backbone for the ESGN and I’m very glad that he’s been recognized for his efforts.

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Feel Good Friday

We made it through yet another week! Today’s quote is about taking time for yourself, something many of us do not do.  Eleanor Brownn once said,

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

Remember this.  Do not stretch yourself too thin, physically or emotionally, without taking care of your own needs first.

Reader’s Choice : Endometriosis & Bipolar Disorder

Drama masks

I was contacted by one of our readers who shall remain anonymous.  She suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Bipolar Disorder.  Her OBGYN suspects she has Endometriosis; however, she had to return to college out-of-state and wasn’t able to have her diagnostic surgery.  In the meantime, her physician is encouraging her to remain on birth control pills to suppress the possible Endo symptoms.  Her symptoms are worsening…

She had heard that there may be a link between Endometriosis and Bipolar Disorder, and that it may be difficult to treat both at the same time due to complications with the medications interacting with each other, or even cancelling the medicinal effects of the pills.

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Feel Good Friday!

An editorial cartoon of two politicians whispering to one another

Happy Friday!

Today’s quote is just for you. Yes, you.

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.” ~ C. Joybell C.

Guam : Endometriosis Care & Support

Satellite image of Guam that reads Greetings from Guam

Hafa Adai!

I’ve been wanting to look into territories and countries around the world to see how they are dealing with Endometriosis.   Not only does it give me a chance to learn about other areas in our world, but it is a very fun research tool for me (I love to look things up, to reach out to facilities, physicians, and people)…This blog lets me know where my viewers are located, so it’s fun when I see views from places I either have NEVER heard of, or places that I don’t know much about…

As of today (1/4/21), our blog has received 230 views from people in Guam.  That to me shows that someone in Guam is searching for answers about Endometriosis; which made me wonder what sort of medical care and support there is in Guam for someone suffering from Endometriosis.  So…I’ll start this geographical project off with GUAM!

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Feel Good Fridays

Lightning storm

Good morning! We made it to another Friday, albeit a rainy one here in San Diego. I’ve always loved the rain.  I grew up in Arizona and we had some whopping monsoon seasons.  San Diego rain doesn’t compare to the glorious beauty of an Arizona lightning storm and downpour…but I still love it.

Ever since I was a child in my first science fair, I was fascinated with the water cycle:  how rain falls, cleanses the air and earth around us, and it evaporates back up into the clouds, leaving a beautifully fresh and clean feeling around.  Only to be recycled and fall again.  And have you ever had the pleasure of smelling the desert after rainfall. It’s glorious!

Anyway, I digress.  It’s FRIDAY!  And that means today we have a quote!  John Geddes, a fellow blogger has said,

“…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…”

Rain can symbolize many things : dark times, sadness, or depression, but also renewal, a fresh start, and beauty.  It’s all in how you perceive it.  And if you’re going through a hard time right now, try to find the beauty in the moment; cling to the hope that the storm will pass, leaving a fresh and uplifted you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yours, Lisa