Feel Good Fridays

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.

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Friday! The last Friday of September…already? Time just goes so quickly.

This week has been rough for me. My period started 15 days late. Ha. I was certain I was going to skip September. And the only pain I’ve had on my period has been intense lower left abdominal pain and mirrored back pain. Been living on NSAIDs, pain pills, TENS unit, and herbal pain spray this week.

I received word that they may be able to schedule my bowel resection for mid-October, but still waiting on confirmation. I would love it if it could be sooner rather than later, but we’ll see.

And now? Now we wait…

“As long as I fight, I am moved by hope; and if I fight with hope, then I can wait.”

― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

May we keep hoping and fighting ❤ Have a wonderful weekend.

Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis & the Appendix: a 2020 study of a 45-year-old woman whose imaging studies of her appendix appeared normal, but once in surgery was found to not only have deep-infiltrating Endometriosis on her appendix, but a carcinoma! The appendix was removed and two years after her surgery, she was still symptom-free

Orilissa: if you’ve been on Orilissa and want to share your experience, whether it be positive or negative, please follow the link to the blog entry and leave a comment! We’re hoping your experience can help others deciding to start treatment

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Happy Friday, Readers. How was your week? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂 Let’s get to know each other a little more, eh?

I’m in surgery-scheduling limbo right now; which is totally okay. I will be patient. I will wait. And I will take heart and build courage knowing it will be scheduled soon and on the books.

I’ve had a very painful week. I met with my colo-rectal surgeon to discuss surgery plans on Tuesday. He also performed a rectal exam because I was complaining of some additional pain. Just having finger and that butt-speculum (is there a technical term for it?) in there for an instant caused an intense flare of my lower left abdominal pain that lasted for a few days. I’ve popped NSAIDs and Tramadol all week. Today seems to be the first day since without *much* pain.

I know it can be hard to stay positive when all you’re doing is hurting. It can be frustrating, demeaning, and downright depressing.

But hold on tight. Talk to someone. And don’t let go.

“The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.”
― Shannon L. Alder

You are definitely strong enough to hang on. And if you feel like you can’t, I’ll be right here to grab your hand and help. Just let me know.

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This week has been a good one, full of appointments and phone calls!

I met with my Endometriosis surgeon on Tuesday morning has agreed to pursue the second bowel resection to remove the Endometriosis on my sigmoid colon. Then just 30 minutes later, I had a telemedicine appointment with my primary care provider who submitted the insurance authorization request for the referral to my colo-rectal surgeon.

That same afternoon, I scheduled my consultation appointment with my colo-rectal surgeon, even though we hadn’t received insurance approval; a step that may take one to two weeks.

I woke up Wednesday morning to an email from my medical group approving the colo-rectal surgey consult, surgery, and several post-op visits!

It’s in the works! So quickly! I currently am scheduled to see my colo-rectal surgeon on September 22nd, but have asked to be put on the cancellation list in case his calendar opens up sooner. We shall see! Then? Get that surgery on calendar to deal with my guts!

Fight. Push forward. Do what you need to do for YOU. Whatever it may be.

So today’s quote:

“Don’t just seek out help when you are suffering. Every day is a good day to learn, grow, and help yourself. Every day is a good day to invest in bettering the quality of your life.”

― Akiroq Brost

We can. We will. We’ve got this!

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Welcome to the first Friday in September. I hope that you’re all doing well. And if you’re not doing well, I hope that you find something happy to cling onto to get you through today. If you need to talk to someone, I’m always around.

For anyone feeling alone, struggling, fighting…you are not alone.

This disease often makes us isolated. We may lose friends or loved ones because of our inablity to attend events, cancelling at the last minute, always “complaining” of our pain, etc. I’ve been there. I’ve lost people, too.

But do you what what? We’ll always have each other. Always.

“So what if the sun isn’t shining? Fearing the darkness won’t make it go away, the only way is to fight it with light, come, let’s all light our candles and stand together, the darkness will vanish…”

― Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

I’m serious: if you need someone, email me.

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Bladder & Endometriosis: Added Nov. 2020 (we jumped ahead to the future!) study released in the Urology Case Reports journal is of a woman who complained of painful urination, difficulty voiding, incontinence, and a frequency to urinate.

Cervical Endometriosis: Added a 2019 study of cervical endometriosis to our ongoing entry of Endo and the cervix. A 24-year-old woman had an abnormal pap smear, chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and painful periods. She had visible violet nodules on her cervix, and surgery confirmed a big ol’ lesion on her cervix…which was discovered only after they “unstuck” her rectum from her cervix in surgery. No other Endo in her pelvic cavity.

Endometriosis & the Appendix: Added a June 2020 study of a 45-year-old woman with Endo on her appendix and cecum to our ongoing blog about endo on the appendix. Have you been diagnosed with appendiceal endometriosis? What were your symptoms, if any? Suspect you have it? Make a note of your symptoms to talk to your doctor.

Endometriosis & the Lungs: added a study to our ever-growing Endometriosis & the Lungs blog entry. This one of a post-menopausal woman who suffered from a collapsed left lung due to Endometriosis lesions. Don’t even try to convince me Endo goes away for everyone after menopause.

Orilissa: Abbvies’ New Drug to Manage Endometriosis Symptoms: Updated our post about Elagolix by adding four Abbvie-funded studies ranging from August 2019-August 2020. They covered Endometriosis-related fatigue, initial dosing, Add-Back therapy, and bone density risks of fractures and osteoporosis. Have you tried Orilissa? What are your thoughts? Did it help? Hinder? Did you feel any side effects? I’d LOVE to add testimonials from EndoWarriors who have been on Orilissa to this blog. I can keep it anonymous if you wish; just shoot me an email or a comment below.

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The end of another week. And nearly the end of August! I hope you’re doing well.

Today’s quote goes out to the partners, spouses, significant others, friends, support systems, and loved ones of EndoWarriors, regardless of their sex of gender identity.

“Suffering should not define you as a woman! And just because you’re a man it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect you! HELP HER to remove the taboos and the loneliness surrounding this disease; be understanding, show empathy, and don’t accuse her of being sensitive, delicate, or overly dramatic – this is a big opportunity for you guys to show that you care and to be a real man!”

(Address, 2011 Endometriosis Foundation of America Blossom Ball)”
― Susan Sarandon

I’m lucky enough to have a partner who is understanding, strives to learn more, and is incredibly supportive. But not everyone is as lucky.

To read (or watch) Susan’s full speech from the 2011 Blossom Ball, head on over to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

And if you ever need to talk, I’m right here.