Feel Good Fridays

What a week. I’m exhausted!

My husband and I woke up last Saturday to a flooded kitchen. The water intake valve of our fridge filter malfunctioned and poured out water. While we slept.

So, a little over a week from my surgery, we dropped towels, soaked up water, wrung out towels, and made phone calls.

Movement, bending, pulling. All the things one shouldn’t do while recovering from surgery. But luckily a Naproxen handled the discomfort and pain from the overexertion.

Stress. Unanswered questions. Pending insurance approval. Loads of repairs.

Fatigue. Exhaustion. Overwhelmed.

What a week indeed.

So today’s quote is for anyone who may be going through their own crazy crisis:

“When it comes right down to it, the only way to face a crises that makes any sense at all – is together. And the only direction to face- is up.” ~Phil Callaway

I’m grateful my husband has been here to help during this time.

And family and friends have offered advice and been supportive.

Please find someone to lean on if you need help. Deep breaths.

Feel Good Fridays

Another week has flown by! And today’s quote is for you. They always are.

“Endure to the very end.” ~Lailah Gifty Akita

Whatever you may be going through, you’ll get through this.

We will get through this together.

When times get to be too much, reach out to a trusted friend. Feel like you don’t have one? You have me.

Find ways to let it go. Write. Read. Scream. Cry. And endure. Always.

Much love, Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays

Another week has come and gone! This week was extra special for me because I had my fifth Endo excision surgery on Wednesday!

Recovery is going well, and I even met with my surgeon yesterday to change a bloodied dressing, so I was able to learn what he discovered.

I’ll save all of those details for another blog entry, once I receive the pathology report.

Several days before my surgery, I found beautiful bracelets on Etsy, sold by a fellow EndoWarrior LifeWithKimberli. And I HAD to have one. It arrived the day after my surgery and hasn’t left my wrist.

“Nevertheless, she kept on fighting”

May it serve as a reminder to you today with whatever you may be struggling with: don’t give up. Forge ahead. Do what you can. Survive. You CAN make it through this. You’re not alone.

I mean it: you’re not alone. If you ever need to talk, please contact me.

If you’d like to order your own bracelet, go for it! https://www.etsy.com/listing/665866138/nevertheless-she-kept-on-fighting

Feel Good Friends

Good morning!

Notice the “typo” in today’s title? Well, I absolutely meant to type Feel Good Fridays, but instead I typed Feel Good Friends. And I’ll let it stick based on today’s quote!

I’ve been in isolation and lockdown, like many of you, since the middle of March. And since then, I’ve been going through a lot of pain associated with my illness. And my surgery is coming up next week!

Along with the “woe is me” that comes with constant pain, I miss the personal connection: the hugs, the tears, the laughter, the touch of my loved ones.

I’ve never been a fan of digital over analog. I have a film camera (although I do miss my digital camera at times), I enjoy books over e-books, and I do write in a journal from time to time. But in this strange time, I’m reaching out to reach out.

I’ve tried Zoom (ugh, I despise it).

Facebook video chat is nice for walks with my best friend.

Marco Polo is a very fun way for me to stay connected; a sort of video walky-talky.

Videogaming remotely with my soon-to-be-six-year-old nephew.

Phone calls are occurring more and more.

Text and email and Facebook are also a great way to stay connected.

I don’t know how I’d cope during this time if it weren’t for the physical touch, hugs, and kisses of my husband when he comes home from work each day. And for the friends and family who I’ve been able to stay in “close” contact with via the aforementioned means. Thank you, you guys!

Which brings me to today’s quote (sing it with me):

“…Said I’m gonna get by with my friends, yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

Oh, yes I’m gonna keep trying, now (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

Keep on trying with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

Oh, I’m never gonna stop there, oh (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

I’m gonna keep on trying, yeah yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)…”

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney; With a little help from my friends

Hang in there, guys. We’ll get through this.

Together.

And if this loneliness is too much for you, please email me at lisa@bloominuterus.com. I’m here for you.

Best Endo Blogs of 2020!

Oh my goodness! I’m so honored and flabbergasted and excited:

Healthline has named Bloomin’ Uterus as one of the best Endometriosis blogs of 2020! Among some incredible sites that I respect and look up to! OH MY GOODNESS!

If you’d like to check out everyone who made the list, please go to Healthline’s article!

I know I haven’t been as active on the blog these past few months, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working on it! 🙂 I’ve got several drafted pieces, research tucked aside, and I just need to tweak ’em and post more!

Thank you, Healthline, for the honor!

Podcast About Endometriosis

Sarah Golding is the producer of the Anyone F’Coffee Podcast, which focuses on women’s health issues. Several episodes discuss Endometriosis! And I wanted to share Sarah’s podcast link with you today! Please feel free to pop in your headphones and listen away!

Listen: Anyone F’Coffee Podcast

Sarah is also hosting a Zoom meeting on May 10th for people who think they may have Endometriosis. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here!

Thank you, Sarah for all that you do to raise awareness of these conditions! Continue to do what you do!

Love, Lisa