Well, I’ve been sitting back and having a restful week. Spent a few days at a family cabin with no internet or TV, just reading by the fire. It’s been glorious!
So tomorrow marks the end of 2016. I thought it only fitting to share Melody Beattie‘s words:
“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.
Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.
What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?
What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?
Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down – as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”
“The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.”
Something we may often forget as we strive to please others. Slow down, take a moment, pamper yourself. Whether it be with physical gifts, quality time, relaxation, a good book, a soak in the tub, a fancy meal, a haircut, or even just a moment to breathe – just try to do something nice for yourself this season.
I’ve had the pleasure of talking with a new EndoSister who lives in Kenya. She had all kinds of questions and I would like to find her some information about Endometriosis care in or around Kenya, as well as connect her with any local EndoSisters for support. So let the research begin!
For those of you who may not know, Kenya is a small country (about twice the size of the state of Nevada) and is located in East Africa, bordering the India Ocean. Approximately 47 million people live in Kenya.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 7:00pm PST the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation’s Endometriosis Family Support Group will be hosting a webinar with Aubree Deimler, author of From Pain to Peace with Endo: Lessons Learned on the Road to Healing Endometriosis. If you haven’t read Aubree’s book, I recommend it. You can purchase copies online.
If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register by email with Erin Lang to sign up. Don’t have e-email? Call her at (951) 321-6514. Registration is free and mandatory – and is the only way you’ll get the instructions for logging into the webinar.
“Stop what you are doing. Go outside and breathe. The world will not end if you take ten minutes for yourself.”
I’d love it if you were actually able to do this today. Take that breath and those few minutes to yourself. Find beauty in the small things around you. Embrace the scent and the chill of the air. Find something that makes you smile. Refocus. It’s okay to do it. Every day. ❤
My Mum often sends me neat tips and tricks that may help with my Endometriosis, or overall health. She knows how excited I was to learn and practice mindful diaphragmatic breathing in November and forwarded me something I may want to try to add onto the benefits of breathing.
Have you heard of alternatively breathing through your nostrils? This was a new one for me. And it’s said to bring a bit of peace of mind. Seeing as how much diaphragmatic breathing has helped with my focus, my stress, those GRRRRR-I’m-So-Worked-Up moments, and my pain, I look forward to incorporating a bit of this nostril breathing into my daily routine.
On December 8, 2016, we had the opportunity to reach out to our local Marine Corps community and teach a workshop about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS.
A few months ago, I received an email from the Marine Corps Community Services Exceptional Family Member Program for the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot/Western Recruiting Region here in San Diego, California. They wanted to know if Bloomin’ Uterus could coordinate a PCOS Workshop for their interested enrolled members, which included staff, service members, and/or family of service members. Of course, I jumped at the chance!
I reached out to Dr. Mara Killen, a nurse practitioner at San Diego Women’s Health, my doctor’s office. The staff at San Diego Women’s Health have been so incredibly helpful in my Endometriosis diagnosis, treatment, and journey and I’m so grateful that Dr. Killen agreed to speak at the PCOS presentation.
The Journal of Restorative Medicine has published an article by Dr. Edward Lichen in their December 2016 compilation about non-surgical treatment of Endometriosis. You can read the article, in it’s entirety, by clicking on the link under “Resources,” but I wanted to give a brief overview of my interpretation:
Causation continues to be a mystery. An overview of the nine theories of causation is given.
DNA research is ongoing.
Estrogen plays a role. Many women with Endometriosis cannot opt for estrogen replacement therapy (even if post-menopausal) due to high recurrence rates of estrogen stimulation.
Xenoestrogens, dioxins, and endocrine disruptors increase inflammation and can cause Endometriosis to develop/recur.