Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning, Readers and Friends.

Today’s quote is just a quick reminder to yourselves. And I’m pretty sure I’ve used it in the past, but I feel I need to say it again today.

It’s one my cousin, Aaron, whispers to me every time we get to hug:

“You be good to you.” ~Aaron

Please, remember, be kind to yourself. Be patient. Be understanding. Allow yourself those dark moments if you need them. Have an ugly cry in the shower. Or a good laugh. Whatever it may be: treat yourself with the respect and love you deserve.

Much love to you,

Lisa

Free Pain Journaling Webinar

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Join us tomorrow, November 19, 2021, at 5:00pm PST and learn about different ways you can track your symptoms, pain, medication usage, etc. And learn how that may help not only you, but your healthcare providers, too!

https://www.meetup.com/n-y-endometriosis-support-meetup-group-welcome-to-endoville/events/281187616

Brought to you by the NY Endoville Endometriosis Support Group. And speaking? Yours truly!

Let’s do this!

Mon., Nov. 15, online support group

Hi Warriors!

I have a friend who is hosting a free Zoom Endo peer-to-peer support group meeting this Monday at 5pm PST (she’s on East Coast time). There’s availability still for people (it’s limited to 20) and she asked if any of you wanted to attend. Need some face-to-face time? Want to share? Listen? Be there for others? Need to talk to others about your own situation? The last 15 minutes of the event she’s going to have a LCSW clinician step in to guide and talk, too.

This meeting will occur every 3rd Monday of the moth!

Be heard.

https://www.meetup.com/n-y-endometriosis-support-meetup-group-welcome-to-endoville/events/281934045/


If you know me, you know I’m not tech savvvy – so I was grateful for her offer!

Feel Good Fridays

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I’m several hours late in doing this one today, eh? Ha!

It’s been a very busy week for me, indeed. I hope that your week has been well. And if it hasn’t, I hope you know that you have the strength and support to keep going!

I know I’ve shared this quote in the past, but it strikes strong today:

“A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.”

― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

May you find peace. Be well. Have a good, ugly cry. And reach out to loved ones for help. I’m always here if you need me.

Yours,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays!

I realize I missed out on last week’s post! My apologies!

Today, though, today marks seven years of the Bloomin’ Uterus blog. Seven years of research, answering questions, asking questions, sharing stories, and my favorite: Feel Good Fridays.

I know I don’t blog as much as I used to, and I severely miss it. Time is a precious commodity, and I hope to have more over the next 365 days.

Today’s quote? It’s for you:

“Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.”
― Frances Ryan

Whatever you are going through today, please, remember to take a moment (or two, or the entire day) to listen to your body and soul and do what needs to be done to take care of YOU.

Rest.

Be at peace.

Cry.

Laugh.

Whatever it is you need. Find some time to do it today. And tomorrow. And the next.

Much love to you,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

This week marked the one-year anniversary since my last Endo excision surgery and bowel resection.

It brought up a lot of “Feels”.

Anger at my body.

Gratitude toward my surgeons.

A sense of pride for pulling through.

Sadness for all of the other Warriors dealing with the same damned disease.

Love for my friends, family, and readers who have offered their continual support along this Journey.

Speaking of family, today’s quote is for my Mum:

“Sometimes I really can’t express how much I feel, but I can tell for a fact that some past years have been a victorious rollercoaster ride with God in it. Some days colourful, some days black and white, some days faith bigger than a mustard seed, other days I’m filled with blind doubt about what tomorrow holds. But in all of this, I’m beautifully me and constantly running the race through the father’s grace”
― Temitayo Olami

Because I love her. And want to remind her she is not alone. Ever.

Keep runnin’ Mom. I’m right here next to ya. Just like you always are for me.

Pain Journaling Webinar

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Exciting news!

I’m teaming up with NY Endoville Endometriosis Support Group in presenting a free webinar about pain journaling!

Find out why tracking your symptoms may help you better communicate your symptoms to your physicians, or even help you better understand your body and what you’re going through.

Learn various ways to implement your own pain journaling process.

Identify what information goes into your pain journal.

And determine how best to quantify your pain (a scale of 1-10? a color-code system?)

We’ll also discuss the various systems you can use: pen and paper, online slideshows, phone apps, notepads, etc. Each person is an individual and will learn best how to handle their own journaling.

And, my favorite: gaining the courage to discuss these journals with your physicians.

Info:

Friday, November 19, 2021, at 5pm PST / 8pm EST.

It’s free! Register at NY Endoville’s meetup page and you’ll receive the invitation to the Zoom meeting.

For my own pain journal, I date/timestamp any symptoms (and mark them on a body outline), as well as log my food, beverage, and medication intake. I even go so far as to note bowel movements and any associated symptoms. It’s helped me identify food-triggers, keep track of when I took a certain medication, or even reminded me I’ve had good days (and bad).

And, most importantly, even if you’re not interested in attending this webinar, check out NY Endoville’s page for all of their upcomign Endo events!! There are so many!

Feel Good Fridays

Steam engine riding tracks through the forest
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Friday!

Already?

Is it just me or is time flying by?

Do you have any regrets this week? Something you weren’t able to do? Something you said? Or didn’t say?

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

I love this quote. It reminds me that it’s okay to have made mistakes in the past, to have struggled (or continue to struggle), and to always forge ahead.

I hope that you are all doing well.

Much love,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

woman dancing in rain
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It’s raining outside. I love it. It smells fresh. And my plants are getting some water without me having to do it. Haha.

I’ve had a full week of medical appointments and I am utterly exhausted. So, I’m loving the weather right now. Just sort of want to sit back, sip on some tea, snuggle under a blanket, and relax.

But, I’m at work.

That’s okay, though. I can still imagine I’m under the covers with a steaming mug o’tea.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

― Vivian Greene

Whatever you may be going through, may you find a way beyond.

Big hugs to each of you.

Love, Lisa