Feel Good Fridays

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Brandy, Lisa, myself, Jessica, and Heidi. Sisters! ❤

So, it’s Friday. Again. Already.

Last Saturday, a few of us EndoSisters gathered from around Southern California and met up at a cabin on Palomar Mountain.  It has been months in the making.  And it was just an overnight getaway.  And it was wonderful. Lovely. We laughed. We cried.  We ate. We drank. We played cards. We bared our souls.  We bonded more than we already had.

It

Was

Epic!

Such an incredible group of strong women, all courteous to one another, all thoughtful, all compassionate and truly family.  And it hit me as I dropped off Heidi at her house and headed to my tattoo appointment:

I grew up with two older brothers.  My sister passed away shortly after birth, so I’ve never had one.  Rosie is the closest thing to a sister I’ve ever had…I used to mourn the fact that I didn’t have a sister.  And I realized driving away…that I now have millions.

I love you gals. So much.

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Thank you Brandy, Heidi, and Lisa for the photographs! And thank you Jessica for opening up your cabin.   I cannot wait to do this again!  You’re family, you’re my strength, and you’re my hope.  And I know that we will always be there for one another.  I love you all.

And if you’d like to stay at a cabin getaway on Palomar Mountain, the cabin is an AirBNB.  We loved every nook and cranny. Check it out here if you’d like to give it a go.

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Can Men Get Endometriosis?  – added a Sept. 2018 study of two men who developed testicular masses that turned out to be Endometriosis.

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Well, here we are. It’s Friday!

On my drive to work today, I thought I had to fart.  Um…nope.  I sharted.  What? I SHARTED!  In my dress, driving 65 on the freeway…

I really should have known better.  My stomach hasn’t been right since yesterday: multiple trips to the bathroom with the squirts, including this morning.  But…I was SO sure!!!

What did I do?  Well, first I scrambled for a small shop cloth in the back of the Jeep and shoved it where it needed to go…all without crashing into the car in front of me or weaving out of my lane.  Then I immediately canceled my plans to pick up a bagel on my way to work. I just needed to get to the office and run to the bathroom and take care of things!

And as I drove, all I could do was laugh.  Loud and alone, I couldn’t stop cackling.  I was nearly in tears I laughed so much.  And it took away the catastrophic trauma I had just put myself through. So, 15 minutes later I arrived and found that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined. (I’ll burn that shop cloth later)

Which inspires today’s quote:

“Humor can make a serious difference. In the workplace, at home, in all areas of life – looking for a reason to laugh is necessary. A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.”  ― Steve Goodier

I hope that you had just a good a laugh as I did.  And are able to find the humor in all things you face that aren’t so funny.

Happy weekend!  Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Endo & Liver Function – added a 2018 study of a woman with endometriosis found on her liver.

Have You Seen the Endometriosis Commercials on TV – added a link to the new Endo commercial and updated the info about FDA approval of Abbvie’s new drug

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I’ve never struggled to find a quote on a Friday morning before.  But today, after an hour of searching for one that clings to me, I give up.

Instead, I will simply tell you thank you.  Not only for reading what I write, but for being there for me when I need you.  And for being such a huge part of my journey and my healing.

Together, we learn, we grow, we endure.  Your stories not only bring me tears, but joy.  Our struggles (because they are OURS) bring us closer and let us know that we do not fight alone.

The knowledge that there are thousands of women who fight this illness alongside me pushes me forward every day.

The disease has not defined me.  It has given me purpose.  And has given me Family.  And it has done the same to you, dear Warriors.

May you have a wonderful weekend.  And if you need to rest, rest.  If you need to cry, cry.  If you need to shout to the heavens, do so.  And laugh when the joy bubbles up.

I love you. ~Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Endometriosis & The Appendix: added a 2018 study of a 42-year-old woman with appendiceal endometriosis.

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Good morning and Happy Friday!  We made it through another week…and August is almost over! ALREADY?!?

Today’s quote is for all of my readers who are feeling that time is slipping too quickly, especially if they are bound to the bed, the heating pad, the pain pills, the struggles of having to pick and choose what they can accomplish in a moment.  The daily battle to be able to just…do. Do anything.  Do everything.

Burning that precious energy to take a shower, or to feed your children before school, or to buy groceries.  Or to just sip on some tea while curled around a heating pad.  Or maybe the day encompasses a hike, yet you have to take a lot of breaks due to pain.

It’s finding the strength to do what you can, when you can, and still finding balance.  Not mourning the things you were unable to do yesterday or today…but embracing the things you DID accomplish.

…even if it was something as simple as brushing your hair, kissing your loved ones, or resting.  Please…do not beat yourself up if you are unable to “do all the things”…you must respect and honor your limitations.  Embrace you for you, just as you are.

“It was a very ordinary day, the day I realised that my becoming is my life and my home and that I don’t have to do anything but trust the process, trust my story and enjoy the journey. It doesn’t really matter who I’ve become by the finish line, the important things are the changes from this morning to when I fall asleep again, and how they happened, and who they happened with. An hour watching the stars, a coffee in the morning with someone beautiful, intelligent conversations at 5am while sharing the last cigarette. Taking trains to nowhere, walking hand in hand through foreign cities with someone you love. Oceans and poetry.

It was all very ordinary until my identity appeared, until my body and mind became one being. The day I saw the flowers and learned how to turn my daily struggles into the most extraordinary moments. Moments worth writing about. For so long I let my life slip through my fingers, like water.
I’m holding on to it now,
and I’m not letting go.”
― Charlotte ErikssonEmpty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

Have a beautiful weekend.  May it be full of what you need.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week!

C-Sections & Endometriosis – added a July 2018 study of a woman with nodule in her c-section scar

Endometriosis & the Bowel – added a Jan. 2018 study of a woman who suffered from left abdominal pain and bloody stool during her periods.

My Two Cents: Sexual Abuse & Endometriosis – added a July 2018 study trying to find a relationship between early childhood abuse (physical and sexual) and a higher risk of developing Endometriosis

 

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(and yes, I’m still stuck on the elephants thing…)

Friday already???  The week flew by for me – mostly because I was under the weather and resting for three days thanks to a stomach bug. Ugh.

So here I am hunting down a quote that speaks to me, flipping through the pages of a large book of quotations my Mum gifted me a few years ago.

And here we have it. The one that stood out to me immediately:

In 1992, Barbara Bush said,

“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”

My immediate thought when I read this? I melted and thought of all of the people who have come together because of our shared illness.  Not just the EndoSisters, but our support systems, too.

Recently, we had a BBQ for our support. Our friends, our family, our loved ones.  A way of honoring them.  And it was beautiful to sit back, sip on a glass of sangria, and just watch everyone get to know each other, share stories, hug, cry.  Strangers…all woven together in this large family.

We may not be blood, but we are absolutely family.

I love you, guys and gals.  Have a wonderful weekend.  ~Lisa

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It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted one of these!  Life is returning to normal after my surgery and it’s time to resurrect the Feel Good Fridays posts!

Today’s quote is about embracing a new day. Run with it.  Let yesterday go.  Forge ahead.  Renew.

“Imagine a master painting that’s never finished…when you can only build on previous work, you become limited by what you can paint…If you are in the midst of painting a forest full of tall tress and hanging vines, it is rather difficult to wake up the next day and suddenly turn that paining into the beach and ocean…We have to treat each day like a black canvas on which we can paint. Yesterday might have been painting flowers, but today you can paint cars or horses. A new day represents a chance for renewal.” 
― Ian K. SmithHappy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy! Love, Lisa

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Friday! Already?!?  Where does the time go?

Since so many of you Readers are EndoSisters, and you are the strongest women I’ve ever met, this one is for you:

“After you have suffered great losses and known much pain, it is not cowardice to wish to live henceforth with a minimum of suffering. And one form of heroism, about which few if any films will be made, is having the courage to live without bitterness when bitterness is justified, having the strength to persevere even when perseverance seems unlikely to be rewarded, having the resolution to find profound meaning in life when it seems the most meaningless” 
― Dean KoontzThe City

You are my heroines.  We are Mighty.  And we are all in this together.

May we persevere.

Love you, Lisa.

 

Blogs I updated this week:

Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts – added our June 24, 2018, session.  This session didn’t go the way any of us expected it to!

Endometriosis and the Psoas Major Muscle – added a May 2018 study (Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology) of a 28-year-old woman and her symptoms

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Storm in the Mountains by AlbertBierstadt

Sorry I’ve been unable to blog lately.  I simply haven’t had the time or energy.  BUT, it’s Friday. And I’ll always try to make time for Feel Good Fridays!  Today’s quote is a doozy and it hit me right in the Feels:

“The storm is out there and every one of us must eventually face the storm. When the storm comes, pray that it will shake you to your roots and break you wide-open. Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don’t run from your pain — run into your pain. Let life’s storm shatter you.” 
― Bryant McGillSimple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

For any of us facing troublesome times, or scary times, or uncertain moments, or trials and tribulations, or even just a moment of sadness…this one is for you.  And I.  May we hold firm, weather the storm, and pass through it.

Have a wonderful weekend.  And I wish you strength and peace.  Love, Lisa

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Good morning! Can you believe another week has already come and gone?  June is OVER!  What the heck?  I feel like June just started yesterday!

So, it’s Friday. And you know the drill!  Today’s quote is all about acknowledging whatever fears or sorrows you may have and giving yourself a great big hug.

“She held herself until the sobs of the child inside subsided entirely. I love you, she told herself. It will all be okay.” 
― H. Raven RoseShadow Selves: Double Happiness

Whatever it may be that crushes you, hang in there.  It will all be okay.  And if you need it, reach out for some help for those around you.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Love, Lisa.