Feel Good Fridays!

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Well, we made it through yet another week.  It’s been a busy and whirlwind one for me; how about you?

So to celebrate the end of a crazy week, I’ll be heading to Palm Springs for some poolside R&R with some great friends I haven’t seen in a while.  Which inspires today’s quote:

“Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.” 
― Izey Victoria Odiase

Find yourself some “do nothing” time.  Relax. Take a deep breath.  Pamper yourself. Take a nap.  Enjoy the weekend!!!!

~Lisa

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Friday! Another week has passed us by!

The concept of today’s quote is something I hold near and dear.  Years ago when I was a child, my mental health counselor had me draw something. Anything.  So I drew a beautiful rose sprouting out of a pile of poop, with flies and stinky squiggles.

She told me that I was that rose.  I had gone through foul, horrible, unspeakable beginnings which helped shape me into who I was: a beautiful, strong, smart, and worthy teenage girl.  I’ve held onto that moment ever since.  It’s helped me cope with my childhood sexual abuse and many things over the years.  So stumbling upon today’s quote pleased me:

“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.
Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty. Be that lotus flower always. Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings destroy your confidence, affect your growth, or make you question your self-worth.” 
― Suzy Kassem

Remember, shit may happen, but allow it to feed you, strengthen you, enable you.  Grow into that beautiful blossom.

And have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Lisa

 

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Endometriosis on Your Skin – added an August 2017 study of a woman with a bleeding lump in her belly button.

Natural Products I’ve Fallen in Love With – added another natural deodorant.  This one doesn’t use baking soda, which I unfortunately learned is too much for my sensitive underarms.

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Happy Friday!

This week has been a tough pain-week for me.  A few good days, but a lot of bad ones.  So here I sit, having cancelled my plans for this weekend, wallowing in my self-pity.  Trying to find the good in it.

The good?  Knowing I cancelled plans and will honor my body. Rest is a necessity, especially in times like these.  Acknowledging this helps my little pity-party dissipate a bit.

Today’s quote is by a man most of you don’t know.  I work with him in the Forest Fire Lookout Towers, and he is my partner for this Saturday, whom I just cancelled on.  This was his response to my needing to cancel due to my ongoing Endo pain and medications:

“Okay, charge your batteries.” ~Ramon

Something so simple, so perfect, so right on point; it lifted my spirits immediately.  Ramon gets it.  Sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and rest.  And charge your batteries. ❤

I hope you’re able to find rest and shelter when you need it.  And relax, or try to.  Honor your body when you need to.  Sleep. Rest. Do nothing.  And be okay with doing nothing.

Have a great weekend! ~Lisa

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I miss these gals!

Well, here we are at the end of another week!

Today’s quote goes out to all my friends and loved ones.  Consider it a testament to your incredible You-ness!

“Create an environment that is conducive to your emotional and personal growth. Surround yourself with caring and positive people who support you, and reflect who you want to be.” 
― Steve Maraboli

I consider myself lucky to have you with me.  Have an incredible weekend!

Love, Lisa

 

Blogs I updated this week:

Bladder & Endometriosis:  added a July 2017 study of 46 women with endometriosis affecting their ureters.

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It’s FRIDAY!  Welcome to the Almost-Weekend! Here we are…and we made it through yet another week.  Can you believe July is almost over? Where has the time gone?!?!

Today’s quote is inspired by the great time I had out with friends last night.  Just a wonderful evening of swimming, playing pool, eating, and enjoying each other’s company.  Lots of laughter.

“It’s laughter that lubricates our irritations, that releases our tensions, that feeds our joy… it’s the laughter that helps keep things warm and joyful even in the midst of pain.” 
― Emilie Barnes

I hope that you’re able to have a good, deep-down belly laugh today. And this weekend. And next week. 🙂  Have a lovely weekend!!!

Yours, Lisa

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Can Men Get Endometriosis – added studies from 1971 and 1979 of two men who developed Endometriosis in their bladders.

Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts – added our 6/11/17 session to the running storyline (scroll down)

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Friday! Already!?!  This week flew by!  Busy, busy, busy…

I love today’s quote and wanted to share it with you.

“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.” 
― Alysha Speer

If you’re in the middle of some…crap…hold on.  Endure.  Push through.  You’ll come out the other side, eventually.  And when you do, look back and know that you possessed some incredible strength.  And still do.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend. ❤

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Endometriosis on your Skin : an abstract about a 25-year-old woman who developed Endometriosis in her belly button.

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It’s FRIDAY!  I hope you’ve all had a good week.

Today’s quote is about bravery.  This week has been full of EndoSisters speaking up, sharing their stories, encouraging others, or even just answering some questions that may be considered too personal.  And for that, I commend you. ❤

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. 

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” 
― Veronica RothAllegiant

May you continue to have a good week, a wonderful weekend, and peaceful sleep in between.

 

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Today’s quote is from an anonymous reader of my blog who wrote me shortly after Bloomin’ Uterus came to be.  She simply emailed me one day:

“Endo is such a stupid disease, but your image symbol for endo gives it so much more meaning to me.  I am a woman.  I have an invisible illness, I still have value, and I am still beautiful!”

I’ve shared this in the past.  But why am I sharing it again today?  Because today is special.  Today is the third year, to the DAY, that I received my Endometriosis diagnosis.

June 30, 2014…a day that changed my life.  I went in for a cystectomy to remove a possible dermoid cyst from my left ovary.  The surgery was only supposed to last 1.5 hours.  Four hours later, I emerged from under the knife…No dermoid cyst, but –  *surprise* an Endometriosis diagnosis.  My life hasn’t been the same since.  And I couldn’t be more grateful for it.

I also went through six months of Lupron Depot injections (and all the “glory” that came with that) and was on a continuous birth control pill for 18 months.  My pain returned, daily, with a vengeance.  So I had a second excision surgery on September 21, 2016.  I have also altered my lifestyle choices and diet in the hopes of keeping my Endo at bay.  So far, so good – minimal pain from time to time.  Life has it’s ups and downs, both mentally and physically, but I have to just pick myself up when I can and continue living. ❤

More importantly, I’ve met hundreds of women who share this condition and connected with even more online.  I have learned about an illness I’ve had since puberty, have embraced the fact that I wasn’t weak or crazy, and learned that I am not alone.  And have been able to spread awareness to others, teaching (and learning) from friends, family, and strangers.

I started blogging a few months after my diagnosis, a way that I could learn more about our condition and share what I found.  It’s been therapeutic for me since Day One, but now I get to help others, too!  I designed a logo to help me cope with the ugliness within my body, which morphed into buttons and t-shirts.  I’ve also started a local support group here in San Diego.  What started with two people now has 117 members in our local support group on Facebook.  Several of us also meet once a month face-to-face.  We’ve had three annual awareness walks and have raised over $5,800 for the Endometriosis Foundation of America since 2014.  Bloomin’ Uterus was asked to host two workshops here in San Diego (one for Endometriosis and one for PCOS, which we did).  AND have had the pleasure of working with several local groups and businesses who have also raised funds for the E.F.A. in their own way.  It’s glorious!

So many people ask me how they can start something in their area, and I tell them : just start something.  I’m amazed at how this happened.

Three years ago today truly changed my life.  Happy Third Endoversary! And I wouldn’t be here without the support of my friends, family, physicians, and fellow EndoWarriors. Thank you.

I will endure.  I will flourish.  And I am still beautiful.

And so are you.

Have an incredible weekend and a safe Holiday (for those of you in the States).

 

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Well, it’s been an extremely busy week for me; sorry I haven’t done much blogging. BUT it’s Friday!  Another week is passed.

Today’s quote was provided to me by my Mum, and is from Mahatma Gandhi:

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”  

Whether it be helping a friend through a hard time, sparking up a conversation with a stranger, helping out with a non-profit, volunteering at an animal shelter, reaching out to those in need, or even something as grand as writing your Congressman ~ the action doesn’t have to be momentous to make a difference.

Have a wonderful weekend.  And go shake the world a bit…