It’s FRIDAY!!!!! Last night I had the pleasure of going to dinner with two very special EndoWarriors. One, Jenn, I’ve known for several years and we were friends long before I knew we were EndoWarriors. The second, Sara, who holds an incredibly special place in my heart. She and I first got together for dinner in January 2015…and our support group meetings stemmed from that initial meeting. Both ladies are incredibly strong and beautiful, inside and out.
And both were there for me yesterday when I needed them in a moment of pain. They are my own pillars of strength.
So today’s quote is a shout out to all of you who are pillars of strength, whether you realize it or not. Deeba Salim Irfan wrote,
“You make the world come alive. You make the world colorful. You are the inspiration behind all that happens. You are the pillar of strength to many around you, the centrifugal force of your own little world, called family. I love being a woman and celebrate being one everyday, hope you all do too!! And to all those who battle their various circumstances, the hurdles, the sacrifices and the compromises they make, wish them all inner strength!…”
Read it again. Take it to heart. And share it with others who may need to read it…
My title is misleading. I don’t color my hair…but it got you here! Do you color yours?
Why are we talking about hair dye on our Endo blog today? Because it came up at one of our support group meetings. While we were hurling out ideas and things we’ve heard can be toxic to our illness, someone asked about hair dye. I mean, sure, it makes us look great, but it’s right up there close to the brain, but what does it do to our bodies? It sure ain’t natural: full of chemicals! Chemicals that could seep into your skin and…do what?
“When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.”
This morning I was having my blood drawn for lab work. The nurse and I were talking about…I don’t remember what…oh, I had told her I recently had a CT scan and she asked what for. When I said, “Endometriosis,” she perked right up and started asking all kinds of questions, “Do you still have it? Where you able to get pregnant? Are you still in pain?” It turned out that about 30 years ago, she learned she had Endometriosis while living in the Phillipines, suffered the usual terrible symptoms, missed days off of school, etc. Her physician put her on a medication, which relieved her symptoms and took away her migraines. AND she also immediately was able to become pregnant. She’s one of the lucky ones whose symptoms subsided after having children.
But, if she and I hadn’t talked, I never would have learned about a different medication (which I’ll be researching), we never would have bonded over our common illness, and never would have shared stories.
It was awesome.
Never be afraid to talk about it (whatever it may be). Ever. Think of all the opportunities you’ll be missing out on if you don’t.
So, we’ve all heard that a glass of wine can be good for you. Healthy, actually. Then we’ve all heard that it can be harmful. Throw in the mix that some of us suffer from Endometriosis…and that many people try to cut alcohol out of their lifestyle to prevent flare-ups and symptoms. Alcohol is not only harmful to our bodies and livers, but contains a lot of sugar, as well as wreaks havoc on our system. But I like me some vino!
Cutting out alcohol all together is likely your safest bet if you’re wanting to live cleaner and healthier. The liver filters out toxins, as well as estrogen, from the body. As you may have read elsewhere, Endometriosis is an estrogen-fed and reliant disease. If our livers cannot properly filter out estrogen, we are simply empowering our illness. Alcohol is also high in sugar…and we’ve previously discussed how sugar may increase your Endometriosis pain and flare-ups. Studies have shown that alcohol may also increase estrogen levels due to phytoestrogens in alcohol…plant estrogens that mimic human estrogen (…wait…I didn’t know that. Crap.)
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
At our support group meeting this week, we talked a lot about courage. Not only the courage to come to the group, and to find others going through the same thing, but the courage to challenge a doctor’s opinion, to seek another, to refuse medication (or even to accept it). The courage to move forward with a surgery or find alternative treatments. And the courage to move forward each day.
Tammy, this one’s for you. And thank you for being so amazing.
It’s that time, again! Time to pick a random country and analyze how they deal with Endometriosis. Today we’ve chosen Iceland (as of today, we’ve had 13 views from Iceland).
Iceland is a little bit smaller than Cuba (40,000 sq. miles) and sports roughly 329,000 people and has a 5% unemployment rate. I also learned that Iceland doesn’t charge for upper secondary education (think of this as a junior college with most attendees between 16-20 years old), nor does it charge tuition for university attendance! That’s just so awesome!
We made it to another Friday! Today’s quote is from Vironka Tugaleva. And it’s perfect.
“Yes, it’s okay to be afraid. It’s okay to hesitate before plunging from your comfort zone.
It’s okay to have scars, pimples, insecurities, moles, cellulite, tremors, debts, redness, regrets, loneliness and uncertainty.
It’s okay to have no idea what you’re doing.
It’s okay to struggle with some things, while enjoying others. It’s okay to find joy in the beauty in life, even after a great loss. It’s okay to change. It’s okay to move on. And it’s okay to fear changing and moving on.
Wherever you are, and whatever you are experiencing, is okay. You didn’t invent the universe and you didn’t invent the human condition.
You don’t need permission to live whatever you’re living, even if it looks and feels different from anyone else’s life around you. And it’s okay to feel like you need that permission anyway.”
For those of you in the United States, the Fourth of July is just around the corner.
And for those of you who know me personally, you know I love me some fireworks. Over the past several years, I’ve had the pleasure of working on the pyrotechnics crew (Pyrospectaculars) for the City of El Cajon’s Fourth of July show. I work with some incredibly hard working and hilarious men. We get up at the buttcrack of dawn to build and set up the guns, place and wire the product, go through dry runs, set up one hell of a show, light up the skies, and work long after the fireworks have gone off to clean up the mess we made.