Another week has flown by. And here we are: Friday.
My favorite t-shirt from several years ago read, “Be the reason someone smiles today.” I mourn the loss of that shirt – I wore it ’til it just couldn’t be worn anymore. But it’s been on my mind lately, which has inspired today’s quote:
“Believe me. Your hardship, tears and sorrows you are facing now are the training of your spirit. The strength you learn from there brings you more love and smiles in your future. Wherever you are, love all the people around you like your family. then you are not alone anymore.” ― Hiroko Sakai
Whatever you may be enduring, know that it is not everlasting. And know that you are not alone. Reach out to friends, family, strangers, loved ones, people you trust, or even a complete stranger. It will fade. And you will find the strength to smile.
And if you would like, email me. I’m always here for you.
Blogs I Updated This Week:
Endometriosis & the Heart: added a 2019 study of a 28-year-old woman who complained of chest pains and collapsed. Turns out she had Endometriosis along her pericardial lining.
Happy Friday. September is already half-way over. Already!
This week has been full of ups and downs: I came down with a case of what I suspect is bronchitis, followed by laryngitis. I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon to discuss my ultrasound results. I’m not sleeping well due to said bronchitis and accompanying coughing fits. I’ve discovered the healing power of humidifiers! And tomorrow a few of us Bloomin’ Uterus gals are getting together at a winery to honor our shared surgeon and his office staff.
A busy week indeed. I’m so looking forward to tomorrow. I don’t know if I’ll be able to speak, but I cannot wait to celebrate and honor San Diego Women’s Health and Dr. Kurtulus.
But for today? Today’s quote goes out to all you chronic-illness warriors (whatever it may be):
“Pain diminishes us, and it is so important to remember, in the midst of pain and everything that pain takes from you, that still … you are enough. You are enough just as you are. You are worthy of love and kindness. You are enough. And you have enough.” ― Steve Leder, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us
Never forget that you will endure, you will flourish, and you are still beautiful.
Much love to you. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to be able to blog very soon.
Good morning. Well, I hope you’re having a good morning. Today’s Feel Good Friday will require some explanation.
Resilience can be found in mind in body in spirit;
Getting back up pushing forward trying again and again;
Sometimes every part of our being is required on other occasions one deep breath is all you need to bounce back;
A rebuilt the shelter is stronger than the first for it has the advantage of experience.
~Jayme Allen; Mood Body Studio; creator of The Moody Deck
This past Tuesday I had an incredibly painful Endo day on Day Two of my period. I had to stay home from work, pop pain pills, take several hot showers, and nurse my heating pad all day. It was the first of such a day since October of 2018. The pain was intense. And it had me spiraling hard with my thoughts. Luckily, though, it was only one day and now just feels like Tuesday was a bad nightmare; no traces of its physical presence. Although the mental fears still linger.
And just yesterday I received The Moody Deck in the mail. Consider it a deck of uplifting, encouraging, and self-awareness cards. I drew a card yesterday for a meditation exercise: Resilience. Its explanation is above.
And this morning? I drew another card for the Theme of the Day. Having shuffled the deck about five times before I pulled out a card: Resilience.
Well hello, Universe. You’re right: I can get through this.
Whatever you may be going through, we can all get through this. We are strong enough. And when we don’t feel strong enough, reach out for help. You have many around you who will gladly support and hold you up. And if you feel that you don’t even have that…remember: you have me. Contact me anytime if you need it.
I know we all have our bad moments, days, weeks, months, or even years. Life can be ruthless, unfair, and tough. Whatever you may be going through, I want you to take a moment and really let today’s quote soak in:
“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” ― Akiroq Brost
Did you read it? Take a deep breath, clear your thoughts, and read it again.
Really let it sink in.
Then give it a moment and identify something you’ll do for yourself today. It could be anything. Tell me about it in the comments. Then come back later and reply to your comment: were you able to do it?
We all deserve a moment to ourselves.
Even if it’s just to get away for five minutes and take a walk around the block.
May you have a weekend filled with a few relaxing moments. Enjoy.
Blogs I updated this week:
Dungeon & Dragons & Donuts: How RPG Games May Help with (Fill In The Blank): added Chapter 26 from our April 2019 session. Our adventurers have landed in the Anauroch desert in search of the City of Shade and Zeke, the man with the jars of souls. While in town, they meet a mysterious woman also searching for Zeke. Deals are struck and the adventure continues! Let’s deal with a little bit of heat and sand in places where it doesn’t belong!
And now August is officially half-way over. Already! Where is 2019 going?!? Well, happy Friday!
Years and years and years ago, I purchased a little book from Barnes & Noble. I no longer have a copy of it, but may need to purchase it again. It changed my life. Well, it changed my perspective on my life.
And I forgot alllllll about it, until I went scouring the internet for today’s quote:
I think I’m gonna go hit a used bookstore online and pick up a copy right now. What other nuggets of perspective-changing wisdom have I forgotten? Have you read the book and do you have a favorite blurb? Share it in the comments below.
Another week has blown by and I find myself mentally wiped from an emotional week.
Unable to find an inspiring quote on my own, I enlisted the help of a friend I’ve yet to meet: Holly. We “met” over Yelp reviews of our favorite sandwich company here in San Diego. My favorite is the Charlie’s Special and hers is the simple, tried and true Ham & Cheese sandwich. We message a few times a month and she’s wonderful and always makes me smile.
So, I asked if she had a favorite and she has given me this one to share with you you today:
“If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.” ~Unknown
Thank you, Holly.
This jettisoned me right back to a time in my life where I was wrapped up in an abusive relationship with a man who constantly accused me of cheating on him, always called me “whore” when he was angry, and went so far as choking me when we woke up one morning (on my birthday) because he dreamt I had an affair. And he only liked brand-name clothing, which I hated. But, to please him, I purchased myself (and him) brand name clothes. And went so far as to wear bras on the weekends because he hated my boobs bouncing for the world to see. I completely changed who I was, but convinced myself life was happier because I was with him. I wasn’t. And after about six months of dating, I left him simply because he called me whore one more time. And I slowly regained my confidence, self-worth, and sense of “me” again.
Whenever my cousin, Aaron, gives me a hug he whispers into my ear, “You be good to you.” Typing it doesn’t give it justice: his tone, inflection, and cadence give it so much more life and depth. But may we never forget it.
So, never change who you are for someone. Never feel like you must constantly prove yourself. Just be. And if YOU are not enough to please someone, move on. Never lose yourself.
They say laughter is the best medicine, but it’s not. Not for me. Hugs truly are. Good, long, warm, 100% legit hugs. Maybe that’s why I love Burning Man so much: endless, amazing hugs from so many strangers. Unencumbered, uninhibited, pure loving hugs.
And the long talk last night really made me feel better about so many things, too.
What lifts your spirits in times of darkness? Drop a comment below.
Blogs I Updated This Week:
Endometriosis & the Appendix: added two studies from July 2019 of women who had various symptoms and discovered during after their surgeries that they had Endometriosis on their appendix.
What Does Endometriosis Pain Feel Like: I added more entries from EndoWarriors describing what Endometriosis feels like to them. Would you like to share yours? Go ahead! There’s an entry form on the blog entry.
And suddenly, just like that, it’s Friday already!
Today’s quote is for my fellow Warriors. This one, right here, is for YOU:
“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”
― Lori Goodwin
Remember how strong you are. How far you’ve come. How much you’ve endured. But, most importantly, understand that you are flanked by your fellow Warriors, standing side by side, hand in hand. You are not alone in this fight.
Maintain strength, even in the scary moments. And, if you need it, reach out for the Warrior beside you. ❤
Blogs I Updated This Week:
Bladder & Endometriosis: added a 2019 study of a woman who complained of menstrual cramps, painful urination, and an inability to hold her pee in. Guess where they found Endo? Yep, I know it’s rare, but it happens.
Endometriosis & the Bowel: added a 2019 study of a 35-year-old woman who had complaints of abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and cyclical rectal bleeding. They thought she had a possible carcinoma inside her guts, but it turned out to be (you guessed it), Endometriosis.
Endometriosis & the Lungs: added a 2019 study of a 37-year-old woman who ended up having Endometriosis inside her lungs along the pleura lining. Her surgeons were able to successfully excise the lesions and she was sypmtom-free nearly three years later.