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.

Feel Good Fridays

Hi Readers and friends!

I wanted to take a moment to tell you that although times are uncertain and stressful right now, please remember to take care of yourself in all ways possible. And please be kind and courteous to others.

This too shall pass.

Much love. Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Superhero flying in yellow cape

Happy Friday! I hope you’re doing well. And if you’re not, I want you to know that you CAN get through this. We’re all here for you.

Today’s quote hit me in The Feels. It’s you. And I. And all of us.

“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”

― Jodi Picoult, Second Glance

To those of you who have personally “unwound my knots” you truly are my heroes. And it’s my pleasure and honor to help others unwind theirs.

Much love to you.

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Braided river delta with red & green lora at low tide Lower Cook Inlet Kachemak Bay Alaska
Braided river delta with red & green lora at low tide Lower Cook Inlet Kachemak Bay Alaska; NOAA

MARCH! Endometriosis Awareness Month! My Facebook newsfeed has exploded with EndoWarriors posting amazing things every day and I love it!

So, today’s quote IS US!

“Drop upon drop collected will make a river. Rivers upon rivers collected will make a sea.” ~Sa’di (1213-1292)

We are numerous. A mighty force. We stand together. WE FIGHT TOGETHER!

May you have a wonderful weekend! And if you need me, I’m here.

Blogs I updated this week:

Bladder & Endometriosis: Added a January 2020 study from ACTA Scientific Womens Health about a a 46-year-old woman who had complaints of painful, long, and heavy periods. She also had difficulty urinating, peed frequently, felt pain when she peed, and sometimes had blood in her urine. Turns out she had Endometriosis inside her bladder.

C-Sections & Endometriosis: Added an August 2019 study from MOJ Clinical & Medical Case Reports of a 28-year-old woman who had painful swelling beneath her c-section scar. I’ll give you one guess what it ended up being…

Endometriosis & the Bowel: Added a January 2019 study from Paripex of a woman who had a mass of Endometriosis inside of her sigmoid colon…that actually prevented a full colonoscopy from being performed.

Endometriosis & the Lungs: Added a January 2020 study from the Thai Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of a 49-year-old woman with a history of spontaneous pneumothorax. Surgery finally confirmed the presence of Endo lesions in her right lung and her diaphragm, but she had no other evidence of pelvic Endo, nor other symptoms of Endometriosis. Five years after her surgeries, she was still symptom-free.

Feel Good Fridays!

Campfire flames

Happy end of the week. Happy nearly-the-end of February! And HAPPY FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS!

Today’s quote I snagged out of a book of quotations my mom bought me:

“There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” ~Washington Iriving

Now I’d like to alter that a bit and open it up to all humanity; not just womenfolk. We all have that ability to “kindle up” and “beam” and “blaze.”

And if you’re going through some darkness, may your fire burn brightly and you make it through the other side. ❤

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B&W phot of a sinking boat

Good morning and happy Friday!

Today’s quote goes out to all you readers who are learning to accept things that may be a bit harder to swallow. But swallow it we can!

I would like to say “everything will be okay,” but (as you know) that’s a promise nobody can keep. So I found this beautiful half-way point.

“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”

― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Some news is hard to hear. Even if you’ve prepped yourself for it.

Sometimes you do everything you possibly can to control a situation (or your body and health) and still have to relinquish to facts you don’t want to admit.

And sometimes all we can do is take a deep breath and move forward.

And that’s okay. Just know that you’re not doing it alone. Ever.

Much love to you, Readers, and have a beautiful weekend. And if you need me, let me know.

Feel Good Fridays

Person walking on a downed tree through a forest

Hello my lovely readers! I hope you’re all doing well.

Today’s Feel Good Fridays is a selfish one: I found it for me. And I want to share it with you. May it strike a chord with you as it did me.

“She is of the strangest beauty and the darkest courage, and when she walks with intent the earth trembles beneath her feet.”
― Nicole Lyons, Hush

I had another ultrasound yesterday because of my pelvic pain and I’ve mixed emotions. I plan on blogging about what I’m going through after my doctor’s appointment that I have next Tuesday. In the meantime: have courage. In all things. I know that there is something amiss inside my body; the pain tells me as much. I’ve had five pelvic ultrasounds in the last 11 months. We’ve been monitoring cysts on both ovaries. My pain has been off-and-on during the last six of those months and getting progressively worse. In my October ultrasound, the cysts were found to be shrinking, which I thought odd because my pain was doing the opposite.

Yesterday’s ultrasound yielded results that supported my suspicions: something is definitely going on. And Tuesday I will talk with my doctor and surgeon, Dr. Mel Kurtulus, to discuss the report and a plan. And then I’ll update you!

Although I want to curl into a ball on the floor and cry, I won’t. Not yet. I need to mentally steel myself for Surgery No. 5 in six years. Even if it finds nothing amiss: I need to go in and make sure. And I need to be ready to watch my husband, mother, and best friends go through the anguish of another surgery with me. I know it’s hard on them, too.

I don’t despise the disease. It has brought me closer to each of you, introduced me to some incredibly strong people, and given me something to fight for. But moments like these are incredibly difficult.

So, stand tall, embrace that inward beauty you possess, and walk with intent. You’ve got this.

I’ve got this.

Feel Good Fridays

black and silver pen on white paper

Good morning, Readers! And happy Friday!

We’re well on our way through February, already, and I hope that it is treating you well.

Today’s quote is to remind you; yes, you, that YOU can handle it. Whatever it is, I know you can. Need help? Ask for it. Afraid you can’t? You can.

“Knowledge is power: You hear it all the time but knowledge is not power. It’s only potential power. It only becomes power when we apply it and use it.

Somebody who reads a book and doesn’t apply it, they’re at no advantage over someone who’s illiterate.

None of it works unless YOU work. We have to do our part. If knowing is half the battle, action is the second half of the battle.”

― Jim Kwik

Specifically, this goes out to those battling to achieve the healthcare you need. Is your physician telling you your pain is all in your head? That you should try *this* treatment or *that*? Or that the treatment your requesting is subpar?

You know your body. You know your symptoms. You’ve done your research on your health and disease. Present that information to your physician an talk about it. Bring print-outs of studies that support your position. Don’t want to take a medication due to side-effects? Bring a print-out of the FDA’s Drug Database Adverse Side Effects search. Can’t enunciate where your pain is in your body? Keep track of it on a pain journal and print that out.

Arm yourself with tangible, hands-on evidence that you can bring with you. And if they still won’t help you? Look elsewhere.

Nearly every day I get emails from women (or their families) seeking proper care and how to fight for what they need.

Educate yourself, but more importantly, ADVOCATE for yourself. Push for the care you need. It’s out there. ❤

Have a wonderful weekend. And if you ever need to talk, I’m right here.

Love, Lisa

PS – to those who helped me recently push for what I needed as well, thank you.

Feel Good Fridays

Photo of people riding a roller coaster, circa 1961
“Giant Roller Coaster” (1961) courtesy of Vancouver Public Library

January ends today! We’re already one full month into 2020. Where did the time go? How was your first month of this new year? Ups? Downs? Struggles? Victories?

Today’s quote is exactly that: full of ups and downs and a bit of encouragement.

“My life is a roller coaster on golden wheels; IT IS NEVER GOING TO BE PERFECT but I am glad for the perfect moments”
― Daniel Derrick Mwesigye

May your weekend be wonderful. And if it isn’t, and you need someone to talk to, reach out to me. I’m here for you. ❤ And may you find those moments of peace and perfection in your life.

Love, Lisa

PS: I’m in LOVE with today’s photo. The man in the front row compared to the woman in the 4th row speaks volumes. ❤ Ups and downs, indeed!

Blogs I updated this week:

Bladder & Endometriosis – added an Oct. 2019 study of a woman who complained of painful, burning pee. All of her lab tests were normal. An ultrasound and MRI found a mass inside her bladder. Upon removal, it was confirmed as bladder endometrioma.

Endometriosis & The Appendix – added a Nov. 2019 study of a 33-year-old woman who had right-sided pain, nausea, vomiting, and loose stools. Another case of Endometriosis on the appendix!

Inguinal Hernial & Endometriosis – added a Nov. 2019 study of a woman with a suspected inguinal hernia, femoral hernia, or enlarged lymph node. Of course, it was Endometriosis. A second November 2019 study followed a 47-year-old runner with a lump on the right side of her mons pubis that had been painful for six months. I also added a Dec. 2019 study of a 41-year-old woman who complained of a mass near her right inguinal region. Was it a tumor? A recurrent hernia from four years prior? Nope. It was a mass of Endometriosis.