Feel Good Fridays

Two people hugging
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Another week is over. January is almost over! Whew.

I miss these. I miss physical touch. And a long, meaningful hug.

“Hugging meditation is a combination of East and West. According to the practice, you have to really hug the person you are holding. You have to make him or her very real in your arms, not just for the sake of appearances, patting him on the back to pretend you are there, but breathing consciously and hugging with all your body, spirit, and heart. Hugging meditation is a practice of mindfulness. “Breathing in, I know my dear one is in my arms, alive. Breathing out, she is so precious to me.” If you breathe deeply like that, holding the person you love, the energy of your care and appreciation will penetrate into that person and she will be nourished and bloom like a flower.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Love

Consider yourself hugged from afar today.

(I originally had a typo: “consider yourself hugged from afart today.” It made me laugh too much not to include.)

Love, Lisa.

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hot air balloon
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It’s Friday! Already? Where is 2021 going?

Today’s quote is for all of those who are feeling stir-crazy in their homes or feeling down due a massive change in life over the last 365 days.

“Life is just a lot of everyday adventures.”

― Carol Ryrie Brink, Caddie Woodlawn

Find something, anything, no matter how small it may seem…and turn it into an ADVENTURE!

Do the dishes! Pull weeds. Read a book. Take a nap! It’s glorious that you even get to do those things today. And if you cannot do THOSE things for whatever reason, find something you can do: Sit. Breathe. Sleep. Rest. Cry. Laugh. Connect.

Each one, it’s own grateful moment. It’s own tiny adventure.

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the book Quotationary by Leonard Roy Frank

Good morning, and happy Friday! A few years ago, my Mum bought me this book. And it’s fun for Feel Good Fridays when I can’t find a quote online that inspires me. So today I flipped it open to a random page (193, if you must know), and found this piece of wisdom by G. William Domhoff from 1970:

“To overextend yourself is to invite defeat.”

Take it easy. Whatever it is you may be doing. Don’t overdo it. Don’t push it too hard. Take a moment to breathe, stretch, ponder. Treat yourself to some rest and relaxation.

Whether it be physical or mental, we all need to recharge.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yours, Lisa.

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broken terracotta pot in the sand
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Happy Friday! Happy New Year! It’s 2021!

Today’s quote grabbed me the second I read it. It’s about reaching a breaking point, finding yourself, and still moving forward.

“Everyone has that moment I think, the moment when something so momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.”
― Kathleen Glasgow

May we all find the pieces to rebuild. And, like a 1,000-piece puzzle, may we help each other along the way.

Much love to you.

Lisa

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May you all have a safe, happy, and satisfying holiday season.

I wish I could hug each and every single one of you reading this right now. There will come a day where it will be safe to do so once more.

Be well.


Blogs I Updated This Week:

Relugolix: An Up-and-Coming Treatment for Endometriosis Symptoms?: the FDA approved Relugolix (aka Orgovyx) for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. The trial and approval process is still ongoing for the treatment of Endometriosis. Reminds me of … other Endometriosis “treatments”….Lupron anyone? Hopefully the clinical trials will reveal more about the side effects Relugolix has with Endometriosis patients.


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A business card with text that says "You are Unique. You are Wonderful. You are Important to the World."

Good morning! Happy Friday! 2020 is almost behind us (already?!?). And what a year it’s been.

Some time ago, I met an old man. I don’t remember where or how, but we made pleasant small talk and there were smiles. As we parted ways, he turned around, walked back to me, and reached into his pocket.

“You deserve this,” he told me as he held a small business card out. And it read:

“You are unique. You are wonderful. And you are important to this world.”

He smiled once more, and I never saw him again.

It was such a sweet and gentle reminder that I am those things. And for it to come, unbidden, from a stranger. There’s nothing else on the card: no advertisement, no business name, no contact information, no religious affiliation; nothing. Just a card with some beautiful affirming words that I apparently really needed to let sink in.

I love it so much that it sits in a little catch-all on the dashboard of my car. And I looked over on my drive to work today and the text peeked out from beneath my dusty sunglasses. I had forgotten about the card, the man, and the affect on my life.

Well, today, let his words and intent be reborn.

And that you are unique, wonderful, and important to this world.

You truly are.

Much love to you,

Lisa.


Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis & the Appendix

Added an Oct. 2020 study of a 32-year-old woman who had complaints of abdominal pain. Physical tests were normal. A CT scan showed an enlarged appendix. An appendectomy was performed and while the appendix looked like a normal case of appendicitis, the pathologist found microscopic Endometriosis.


Endometriosis & the Bowels

  • Added my own rectosigmoid junction bowel endometriosis experience and surgery.
  • Added an Oct. 2020 study of a woman who was bleeding from her rectum, had lower left quadrant pain, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms developed over the course of one week. Turns out she had a large mass within her rectosigmoid junction that a biopsy revealed was Endometriosis.
  • Added another Oct. 2020 study of a woman who went to the ER with complaints of lower abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. She was treated for a small bowel obstruction, suspected Crohn’s disease, and sent home. Several months later, there was no improvement. Due to her worsening symptoms, she underwent a bowel resection surgery and pathology of the tissue confirmed Endometriosis.
  • Added a third Oct. 2020 study of a woman whose imaging studies were “abnormal.” She had cyst on her left kidney and a mass on her cecum. Surgery found the cecum to be twisted and it was removed. Pathology found “extensive endometriosis of the colonic wall” as well as two lymph nodes.

Endometriosis on the Skin

  • Added a Nov. 2020 study of a 40-year-old woman with a painful lump that showed up in her belly button out of the blue. It would hurt and bleed days before her period, and continue to bleed for the duration!
  • Also added a Dec. 2020 study of 45-year-old woman who developed a hard lump inside her belly button. Imaging studies confirmed the lump’s presence and it was surgically removed. Yep. A hard lumpy mass of umbilical Endo (aka Villar’s Nodule) was diagnosed. Five years later, and zero treatment, and the patient had no further symptoms.

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What a painful week I’ve had. I hope your week has been better.

So all I have in me is what I stare at every day on a bracelet:

“Nevertheless, she kept on fighting.”

I have my bowel resection surgery on Wednesday at 12:15pm. I’ve never been more ready. I still harbor that small nagging doubt that they’ll open me up and not find any Endometriosis, but it was there in May. It’ll be there in October. It’d better be.

Whatever you’re going through, keep fighting. Always.

Love, Lisa

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It’s Friday. October 9th…time is just whizzing by so quickly.

I have several friends and Warriors having surgeries this month. One of whom is my dear Nicole. You’ve met Nicole a few times on our blog…and I don’t know where I’d be in my Journey without her. I love and appreciate her so very much.

Her surgery is next week. And mine may be the following week. Two more Warriors in our local group are having hysterectomies by the end of the month. And one Warrior is recovering from her excision surgery that she had this past Tuesday. It’s a very busy October for my San Diego Endo-crew.

Surgeries are hard. But oftentimes made more bearable with our loved ones by our side until we’re wheeled off into the operating room.

But now? Covid and the pandemic have drastically changed things.

No friends. No family. You are dropped off at the curb of the hospital, a hug and kiss to your loved ones and an awkward goodbye. Alone, you trek into the hospital, pass the pandemic screening questions and tests, and check in. You wait, alone, to be taken back into the surgery prep. And lay on the bed, alone, waiting to be wheeled back into the OR.

Granted, you’re not truly alone: there’s a hustle and bustle of nurses, doctors, and hospital staff getting you all prepared and answering questions. But gone is the comforting hand of a mother, friend, significant other.

It can be terrifying.

I endured this for my May 2020 surgery. And it was a nerve-wracking, but the time passed very quickly and before I knew it I was waking up in the recovery room and soon wheeled out to the smiling face of my husband waiting for me at the car. And I did have the caring, familiar faces of those hospital staff I’ve come to know since my 2014 diagnosis.

But all of this brings me to today’s quote:

“Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

We have been through so much in our lives. And we know that we are incredibly strong, even when we don’t feel it. We are allowed to be nervous, scared, and lonely. But…always know that we are also strong enough to endure whatever life throws at us.

You are strong enough to make it through this. As am I.

To anyone going through anything leaving a sense of weakness or inability, know that you can get through it. And, if you want, I am right here if you need to talk.

Love, Lisa.

Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis & the Bladder: added a Nov. 2020 study of a 49-year-old woman who developed symptoms of increased frequency of urination. Imaging studies revealed a mass and lesion on her bladder, which surgery confirmed to be bladder endometriosis.

Endometriosis & the Bowel: added a June 2020 study of a 37-year-old woman who had Endometriosis on her cecum, which caused a small bowel obstruction.

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Friday. Already. Whew, I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted this week.

No quote today. Just a plea:

Be there for one another. In any capacity that you can.

You may never fully understand how your presence, patience, understanding, friendship, or (fill in the blank) has positively influenced another in need.