Road Trip!

Still shot of Thelma and Louise holding hands as their car goes over a cliff

I’ll be away for the next several days.

My best friend…a woman I consider my family (my Seester)…and I have known each other for TEN years this month! T-E-N!  And our birthdays are 5 days apart from each other and we often do something special together.

Well, this year: we’re doing a four-day road trip o’awesome!  A Seesterversary Road Trip!

So I figured, rather than me find a Feel Good Friday’s quote for tomorrow and post it early…why don’t YOU drop a comment below with your favorite quote?  Inundate the comments section!  Share them all with everyone ❤

And I’ll see you (and your quotes) when we return next week.

A Question for You

Bloomin' Uterus logo surrounded by question marks

One of our readers, Harley, emailed me a question and I thought I’d put it out there for you to help:

“Can you post and ask questions for Life after Lupron? Specifically weight gain? I’ve read the whole thread on life after lupron but still haven’t quite found a lot of information. My last shot was May 8th so I’m slowly waiting for Lupron to get out of my system. I’ve been on lupron for 8 months now and I’ve gained 30 lbs. I’m so exhausted all the time that I don’t have the energy to work out at all-I usually go home and go right to sleep after working my full time job. I’m wondering if it will be possible to lose this weight, if my body will ever go back to normal, or if this is all my new normal now. I’m really open for anything to get this weight off-I’m miserable.”

If you’ve been on Lupron Depot, please let Harley know your own experience with how long it took for the side effects to dissipate and if you ever truly felt normal afterward. Shoot her an email with your experiences.

Thanks!!!!

Feel Good Fridays!

Two hands reaching out for each other

Today’s quote is from an illustrator named by Pablo:

“Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift”

It goes hand-in-hand with my webinar this week, as well as how I try to live my life daily.  Reach out any way that you can to whomever may need it.  And if you truly feel that you have nothing to give, offer at least your ear or your shoulder.  Sometimes that’s all someone may really need.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

❤ Lisa

BLOGS I’VE UPDATED THIS WEEK:

Excision vs Ablation

Graphic depicting excision vs ablation
Detail,”The Endo-Graphic” by Sarah Soward.

So, you may be reading this because you have a surgery pending, or you’ve had surgery and want to know if it was the “right” one.  Well, when it comes to Endometriosis, there are typically two ways of dealing with the lesions that I’ve read of. If there’s more, share with me, please!  Whichever way your surgeon opens you up : laparotomy or laparoscopy, robotic-assisted or not – your surgeon will still need to decide how best to handle the lesions he or she finds within your body.

  1.  Excision – removing the entire lesion by cutting a margin of healthy flesh around the lesion – see the graphic above, scooping the healthy soil around the flower to get the roots, and then some.
  2. Ablation – destroying the lesion by burning the surface away.  Like freezing off a mole or wart, but burning away the Endo.  The graphic above with the flamethrower may leave the roots of the lesion, and unhealthy Endometriosis tissue, behind…
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Feel Good Fridays!

chalk art that reads "be kind"

Another week has come and gone! And you know what that means – Feel Good Fridays!

Today’s quote was written by author Scott Nearing:

“Do the thing you believe in.  Do the best you can in the place where you are and be kind.” 

It is all that we truly can do.  In all things.

And have wonderful weekend!

BLOGS I’VE UPDATED THIS WEEK:

A New Publication re: Abdominal Wall Endometriosis – added 2017 case study published in the Journal of Clinical Neurology of a 36-year-old woman with abdominal wall Endometriosis.

Endometriosis & The Lungs – added 2017 case studies from ATS Journals that were discussed at a 2017 conference including a 47-year-old woman found to have Endometriosis on her pleural lining, a 31-year-old woman who suffered a collapsed lung from Endometriosis lesions, a 35-year-old woman with a collapsed lung (while NOT on her period), a 43-year-old woman who had a ablation surgery several years prior who now suffered from a collapsed lung, likely due to Endometriosis, and a 32-year-old woman with fluid in her lining and a collapsed lung.

Endometriosis & Wine – added an April 2017 study of resveratrol and Endometriosis, published in Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

Yours, Lisa

Endometriosis & Perineum

A starfish on the sand
It’s the only photo I could think of that wasn’t … vulgar

Well, this was a first for me.

I’ve read numerous studies of Endometriosis developing in scar tissue after c-sections or other abdominal surgeries, but this one caught me by such surprise that I wanted to share it with you!  It’s important to any EndoWarriors who may have delivered children naturally and have complaints of pain…”down there.”  Read on!

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Feel Good Fridays!

Two hands reaching out for each other

We made it through yet another week!  I hope yours was well.

Today’s quote was written by Mark Vonnegut:

“We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.”

I absolutely loved the simplicity, but bold truth, of this quote.  Be there for one another, in all things.  Nobody should go through (fill in the blank) feeling alone.

And have wonderful weekend!

BLOGS I’VE UPDATED THIS WEEK:

Endometriosis & Leg Pain/Sciatica – added an April 2017 study published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology which followed up with women five years after a resection of sciatic nerve due to Endometriosis.

Endometriosis & the Bowel – added an April 2017 letter to the editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology about using high-intensity ultrasound to remove deep infiltrating endometriosis from the rectosigmoid colon.

Yours, Lisa

Possible relief from painful sex or penetration? Vuva Magnetic Dilators.

VuvaTech's welcome kit with literature, two dilatros, lube, and a carrying pouch

Vuva-whata-what?

I found these little pink … things … back in October 2016 when I was experience A LOT of pain with sexual intercourse.  I mean, a lot.  I was desperate.  After reading the reviews on how many others who use Vuva Magnetic Dilators had relief from painful sex, I was hooked.  But…I also couldn’t afford to purchase the kit.  And, let’s face it – I had my doubts about magnets in dilators (dildos?) helping me with anything.

So, I wrote the company.  Tara, the creator and founder, immediately wrote me back.  She, too, suffers from Endometriosis.  She also suffers from Vulvodynia and said her magnetic dilators helped her tremendously with her vaginal and pelvic pain, especially with sex!  AND – she offered to send me two dilators for free because she truly believed they would help and wanted to help other’s in pain.

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