Feel Good Fridays!

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Friday!!!! We made it through yet another week!

At the 1992 Republic National Convention, Barbara Bush said, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”  And it is so very, very, very true.  To each of the EndoSisters I’ve met in person, hugged in person, cried with in person; I consider you family.  We are knit together by lesions, adhesions, pain, and strength.  And to those I’ve only virtually-met or hugged…the same goes for you. 😉  We truly are Sisters.

“Family” means so much more than shared genes and lineage.   Be there for each other.  Support one another.  Reach out for help when you need it.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Also, if you haven’t already, click here to go vote for who you think should win the Grand Prize for our coloring contest!  The winner will have their design featured on a t-shirt, and all sale profits will be donated directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America!  Voting ends May 31, 2017.

BLOGS I’VE UPDATED THIS WEEK:

Natural Products that I’ve Fallen in Love With – added Anders Farms’ wool dryer balls, Natural Value Bathroom Tissue (Tooooilet Pappppper!), and Seventh Generation’s disinfecting bathroom cleaner.

Yours, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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Happy Friday!!!  Another week, come and gone.

My Mum bought me a Quotationary book and I love it!  So, today’s quote is from that book and by John Wesley,

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Why do anything other than good?  Take this, run away with it, and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Also, if you haven’t already, click here to go vote for who you think should win the Grand Prize for our coloring contest!  The winner will have their design featured on a t-shirt, and all sale profits will be donated directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America!  Voting ends May 31, 2017.

BLOGS I’VE UPDATED THIS WEEK:

Natural Products that I’ve Fallen in Love With – added Orglamix’s chroma lip shift (a natural shimmering gloss).

Yours, Lisa

Belated Feel Good Fridays

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Whew! Last Friday was interesting!  Woke up to a huge screw sticking out of my back tire…so had to handle that, which took the tire store all day.  So I had to take a day off of work…Then I had to take the car to my mechanic due to a new squeaking noise…and he tightened a loose belt *all fixed*  Then I received a bill from the IRS for a forgiven credit card balance from 2014…$650 out the window. *groan* Friday was a BEAST of a day!

So, I was a bit preoccupied and totally spaced on the quote! BUT we’re doing it now!!!!!  Better late than never!

Anna White once wrote,

“Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments. Maybe a whole day is just too much to ask. I could choose to believe that in every day, in all things, no matter how dark and ugly, there are shards of beauty if I look for them.”

And it’s true.  My silver lining?  I got to spend a few hours with my husband before he had to go to work: we visited his ailing Aunt, ran a few errands, and enjoyed a home-cooked lunch together.  It was nice, despite the happenings of the day.

Also, if you haven’t already, click here to go vote for who you think should win the Grand Prize for our coloring contest!  The winner will have their design featured on a t-shirt, and all sale profits will be donated directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America!  Voting ends May 31, 2017.

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Natural Products that I’ve Fallen in Love With – added Orglamix’s monthly subscription beauty box

Feel Good Fridays!

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It’s FRIDAY!!!

Nearly a week ago, my beloved and I had a “wedding” in the desert. Why in quotes?  Because, we were secretly wed on June 8, 2016; and 99% of our friends and family didn’t know.  We chose April Fool’s Day as our “wedding” date, with a full Dune-inspired ceremony, dinner, dessert, dancing, and camping.  And, of course, to announce our big secret.  It was perfect.  And we’re both still glowing.

Nearly 200 of our closest friends and family attended (some of whom we hadn’t seen in years), which has inspired today’s quote.  Some say Karl Marx once said this…others say it’s a misinterpretation of what he originally said.  Regardless, of who said it or what the original intent was, the message is still beautiful:

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy.  People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need.  People who genuinely care.  They are the ones worth keeping in your life.  Everyone else is just passing through.”

And it’s so very true.  Whether those people be friends, family, or friends you consider family ~ hold them close, never take them for granted, and cherish them…

Also, if you haven’t already, click here to go vote for who you think should win the Grand Prize for our coloring contest!  The winner will have their design featured on a t-shirt, and all sale profits will be donated directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America!  Voting ends May 31, 2017.

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Blood Biomarkers & Endometriosis – added a 2017 study regarding CA-125 levels and helping diagnose Endometriosis.

Reader’s Choice : Hysterectomies & Myomectomies Spreading Cancer? – added a 2017 report published in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons regarding using specimen bags during  morcellation procedures.

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Well, I’m writing this to you early since I’ll be away on Friday (getting ready for our April 1st wedding!!!!!!!)…so here’s to hoping the “schedule” functions works correctly and this posts Friday morning 🙂

This Friday’s quote is by Australian author, Nikki Rowe, inspired by my great long weekend with my Mom in town; being with family; being amidst nearly 100 EndoSisters, family, friends, and strangers; and a general thought that needs to spread like wildfire:

“I don’t want fleeting friendships or relationships or passion in life, give me fleeting moments in coffee shops and walks by the water but I will never be satisfied with empty kinships that are fleeting & undecided. Those connections are what make us all human and I dare not settle my wild little heart for something of so little depth.”

Have a GLORIOUS weekend!  Spend it with those people that matter most to you.  Rekindle old relationships that may have fallen stagnant.  Evaluate those that may be toxic to your life.  Grasp onto the meaningful and loved friendships.Find your passions and pursue them, overcome with madness and a desire to achieve.  But most importantly?  Find those qualities deep within yourself first…love who you are, or who you can become.

Lisa

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Endometriosis & the Bowel – added a 2017 study published in the ACG Case Reports Journal of a woman with an endometriosis mass within her intestine, which required excision.

Links – added EndoStore.org to our lists of businesses that donate a share of their sale profits toward helping women with Endometriosis.

Natural Products I’ve Fallen in Love With – added a spot acne treatment by Orglamix.

Feel Good Fridays

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You may have noticed my regular absence from new blogs. Well, I’m making excuses!! Not really…but excuses!  Our Endo Walk is TOMORROW!! YAY!  And our wedding is one week away! So February and March have been jam-packed with prepping and planning and shopping…and very little time for anything else.

That being said, I miss researching and writing.  And look forward to getting back into it after the festivities!

So, today’s quote is by Kobi Yamada,

“Believe that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else.”

Understand that you may very well be the one person that lifts another up, reveals a course of action, or helps another rise.

Be that Light.

And have a wonderful weekend!

❤ Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Natural Products that I’ve Fallen in Love With – added a daily make-up brush cleaner (it’s a spray) for those in-between-brush-shampoo days.  Also added an all natural lip plumper.

Feel Good Fridays!

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It’s Friday!!!  And a lucky one at that! St. Patrick’s Day has always been one of my favorites! Why? I get to wear insane amounts of my favorite color: GREEN! 😀  So here I am in a gigantic puffy green top hat, my shamrock tank top, absurd shiny green eyeshadow, and a chunk green ring.  I was giggling on my entire drive to work since my top hat had smooshed up against the roof of the Jeep.  Just…FUN!

So, today’s quote is from Richelle Goodrich:

“It’s okay to be absurd, ridiculous, and downright irrational at times; silliness is sweet syrup that helps us swallow the bitter pills of life.”

EMBRACE your inner silliness every once in a while!  Be a goof.  Enjoy life. LAUGH!  …and…

Have a wonderful weekend!

💚 Lisa

Blogs that have been updated this week:

Adenomyosis– added a Feb. 2017 study regarding imaging studies and diagnosing Ado, published in La Radiologia Medica.

Bladder & Endometriosis – added a Jan. 2017 study about a woman who suffered kidney damage due to Endometriosis on both of her ureters, published in Port J Nephrol Hypert.  Also added Feb. 2017 study about a woman with bladder Endometriosis, published in International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology.  

C-Sections & Endometriosis – added a Feb. 2017 report of woman whose giant c-section lump had ruptured, published in Journal of Case Reports and Studies !  Also added March 2017 study regarding three new cases of c-section scar/abdominal wall Endometriosis, published in International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Endometriosis & The Bowel – added Feb. 2017 study regarding excision surgery for colorectal Endometriosis and fertility issues, published in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.  Also added a Feb. 2017 study in Gastroenterology Research about a woman with Endometriosis on her colon, which was discovered because of rectal bleeding, followed by two colonoscopies.

Endometriosis & The Lungs – added March 2017 study about a woman who went to the emergency room due to pain and difficulty breathing two days after her period started – she collapsed while undergoing testing and was whisked away into surgery, published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.

Natural Products that I’ve Fallen in Love with – added Orglamix’s miracle worker color correcting cream and Orglamix’s cuticle oil pens.

Feel Good Fridays!

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Well, we’ve made it to another Friday!

Today’s quote is (once again) by Roy Bennett:

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

I love it. And I’d like to live by it!

I hope you all have a glorious weekend! ❤

~Lisa

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FRIDAY! We made it!  And it’s the first week of March : Endometriosis Awareness Month!!!

Today’s quote is from a local San Diegan EndoSister, Ella.  She’s been active in raising Endo awareness here, but has also been dealing with lifestyle changes and a plethora of natural treatment options for her ongoing symptoms.  She’s finally beginning to gain a sense of control, and imparted these incredible words of wisdom:

“I had to take it all with a grain of salt. I started realizing if I listened to everybody (my doctor, Dr.oz, Dr.Axe, Dr.Phil), coconut oil this, bone broth that… I’d go crazy…crazier than I was when people looked at me when I told them my menstrual cycle was unbearable.  I started listening to myself, my body, if I do my research and choose for myself what is right for ME, my body started doing its job.”

It is SO important to listen to and honor your body.  And I’m so proud of Ella for reaching a point of understanding her own body and doing what feels right for her.

Here I sit, hoping that you are able to pursue options that feel right to you.

And I apologize for a quiet blog this week – been busy getting ready for our Walk. 🙂  Hopefully can pick up the research and writing soon! I miss it!