Share Your Story: Lakia

African American woman smiling poolside, wearing a white wrap, holding a glass of ice water, and a stuffed giraffe toy

Lakia was diagnosed with Endometriosis when she was 29 years old, after suffering with symptoms since the Sixth Grade.  Now she’s 30, living in San Diego, and she’s found our little support group.  I met Lakia just a few weeks after her diagnositic surgery and she’s recently undergone a difficult decision for her second surgery! Lakia has proven to be an amazing and incredibly strong woman, and someone I am proud to call friend.  Her story follows…

Lakia’s Journey: I always thought in my mind that my reality was normal. But what is normal? My first period was in sixth grade. I remember being so excited because I finally felt like a woman! I stuffed my bra everyday, secretly shaved my legs, and wore tinted lipgloss. But that first period felt like a rite of passage. All of the boys will like me now! Little did I know what was ahead…

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Feel Good Fridays

Rhino soaking in a muddy watering hole

Welcome to another Friday morning!  I hope you’ve had a great week.

Steven Maraboli once wrote,

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

I know sometimes we’d like to wallow.  Just sit there in our suffering and cry…and that’s okay.  But, always remember that we DO have to get up and move on.  And you don’t have to do it alone – ask for help.  Extend a hand to someone you notice may need assistance “getting up.”  Be there for each other.  And, hopefully, find a little bit of happiness.

Over the past week, I’ve updated several past blog entries with new studies.  If you’re interested in giving them another looksy:

Bladder & Endometriosis: added 2 2017 studies

C-sections & Endometriosis: added Jan. 2017 study

Cervical Endometriosis: added Jan. 2017 study

Lungs & Endometriosis: added Dec. 2016 study

I hope you have an incredible week coming up!  And find time to rest.

Yours,

Lisa

New Study: Self-Tracking Your Endometriosis

an apple tablet displaying a calendar for the year 2016

An article published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Participatory Medicine focused on women with Endometriosis tracking their symptoms, diet, etc.  In this day and age, there are several smartphone applications that can help you do this. Or…find your own system.

I myself use Google Slides to track my daily food & drink intake (and bowel movements), as well as any pain or symptoms I experience, and sexual activity and pain.  I’m a visual kind of person, so I also have an image that I draw little red squares where I have pain…These slideshows may come in handy at future doctor’s appointments – not to mention help me understand what may (or may not) exacerbate my symptoms.  It’s also how I learned that strawberries (mmmm delicious strawberries) really, really, REALLY wreak havoc on my bowels…ohmigawd.

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Feel Good Fridays!

rain hitting a puddle

We did it! Wrapped up another week! And here in SoCal, it’s a soggy one! YAY! I love the rain!

Today’s quote is inspired by our present state of rain.  Written by Tony Hillerman,

“From where we stand the rain seems random. If we could stand somewhere else, we would see the order in it.”

a storm cloud and falling rain onto a small desert town

Again, it’s all about perspective.  Take a step away from your present chaos, try to look from the outside…see if there is, in fact, order and reason to whatever it is you may be going through.  Or at least a purpose.  Muddle through it, get wet, fight.  It will cease, and you will pull through it.

Feel Good Fridays

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We made it through yet another week! They fly by sometimes, eh?

Today’s quote is from America author, Maya Anglelou:

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

This one hit me hard…and is very close to home.  I feel so many struggles in my life have made me who I am today – a stronger and better person.  And I hope the same for you.

❤ Lisa

Feel Good Fridays!

Motorcycle overloaded with plastic bags and unknown items

*whew* it’s Friday!  The first week of 2017 is drawing to a close!  Here’s to hoping you all had a safe and happy holiday.

Today’s words of inspiration are from retired football coach and sportscaster, Lou Holtz,

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

Too many News Year’s resolutions on your plate?  Shuffle them around and spread them out over 2017.

Feel like Life is just TOO much to bear?  Prioritize where you truly need to focus your attention, tackle the small things first, make some progress…even if it’s just ONE thing.  And if it’s an emotional package rather than a physical one, take deep breaths, write it all out, and acknowledge all of the muckity-muck that you’re feeling. Embrace it.  And…then try to begin to release it from your life.  Nothing beats a good cry in the shower…

Feel like you don’t have any control over anything?  Let life take you where it must, but control the things only you can: Yourself.  How you treat yourself. How you think about yourself.  How you treat others.  Manage day by day until the quagmire on No-Control subsides.

Got hit with a side of bad news? Make time in your life to mourn, to grieve, to be upset – but don’t harbor those feelings.  It’s healthy to let them take their natural course, but let them go.  Don’t battle the bad news alone; bring in a trust friend or loved one.  And move passed it.

Whatever it is you’re going through right now, you CAN handle it.  A change of perspective, a slight altering of priorities, a lot of deep breaths and self-love…all of these things will help.

May 2017 prove to be a great year for you – and may you remain fluid, roll with the punches, shift those loads, and stand tall.

Lisa