Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning. Another week has fled by.

I’ve had one hellava week. On Tuesday I had two external hemorrhoids cut off and one internal hemorrhoid banded. So, sitting, walking, moving, ANYTHING-ing has been very painful. I’ve had to go to work every day since we’re short-staffed, and I’ve done a lot of standing at my desk. Ha.

But today…today I can actually sit without dying. I’m still in discomfort, but the bulk of the pain is gone. Which is beautiful.

And … bodily functions? Oh god, let’s not even talk about that. I’ll leave it at: OUCH.

But, today is just another day. And it will be over quickly, like they all seem to be. And we will never be able to get today back.

So, make the most of your today. Whatever that means to you. In whatever capacity you can.

“Today will die tomorrow.”

― Algernon Charles Swinburne

May you have a beautiful weekend. Inside and out.

Love, Lisa.

Blogs I updated this week:

A salve for my other Unmentionables!: Added a quick update since my 5/11/21 hemorrhoidal procedure.

The Band Ligation Procedure: Added a quick update since my 5/11/21 hemorrhoidal procedure.

What Does Endometriosis Pain Feel Like: Added Leila from South Africa and Tonya from the United States.

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Happy Friday!

May you have a beautiful day. And find beauty in the smallest of things:

“I was especially perceptive to all things beautiful that morning—raspberries in blue china bowls were enough to make the heart sing.”

― Irene Hunt, Up a Road Slowly

I’m sorry I’ve been so silent this week; it’s been busy and hectic at work and at home. 😉 Home remodeling and repairs are going on…*whew* it’s crazy. But oh so worth it.

Be well,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning, happy Friday, and happy end of April!

I hope the month was okay for ya.

Today’s quote is just in case it wasn’t…and you need someone to talk to. I’m always right here for you.

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.

“There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I’m serious. If you EVER need a shoulder to lean on or someone to talk to, lemme know. I’d gladly “bring you tea and honey.”

Be well.

Much love to you.
Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Life After Lupron: added a testimonial from Kayla of her experiences after her last Lupron injection was a month and a half ago.

What Does Endometriosis Pain Feel Like: added a few more visuals for Warriors who described their symptoms.

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Happy Friday! This one goes out to my Mum.

The very moment I had to schedule my first surgery for a suspected dermoid cyst, she was by my side…and was there every step of the way for my first surgery. My suspected dermoid ended up being an Endometrioma and I also received my Stage IV Endo diagnosis that day.

She cried in the hospital when the surgeon showed her my op photos, covered in the sticky darkness that is our illness. Misshapen adhesions winding through my body.

She held me as I screamed from pain recovering from the gas left in my body after surgery.

She fetched me a cool washcloth as I vomited from the post-op pain meds.

She’s dealt with my snappy and angry episodes while I am in pain or whacked out on meds.

And she’s been with me every step of the way since. The good days, the bad days, the great days, the sad days. For nearly the past seven years, along this Journey with me.

And she’s helped at every one of our Endo Awareness Walks.

And she worries about me.

But my favorite? She educates SOOOO many people about Endometriosis! And even has some friends and co-workers who have it, so she’s been there for them, too!

So, today’s is for you, Mum.

“All parents set out with expectations, hopes and dreams for their child. When a child is diagnosed with a health problem, these aspirations are altered. While one parent is hoping to see their child graduate from university, another is praying that they can live pain free”

― Sharon Dempsey, Extreme Parenting: Parenting Your Child with a Chronic Illness

Thank you for being there for me on this bumpy road. And I’m so sorry that you’ve been dragged onto this rollercoaster with me…but am so grateful to have you here, holding my hand, every step of the way.

I love you.

And to all you parents or pseudo-parents out there who support their own chronic illness warriors: Thank you!

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Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

I had a tooth pulled on Monday and have been dealing with daily face pain while it heals. Ugh. A gentle reminder that it’s okay to take pain medication. But still: ugh.

But, I’ve fallen in love with a quote this week:

“The path I walk lights up in flames”

― R. Karim

I just LOVE it. You, I…all of us…we are strong and vocal and Warriors and leaders and followers and game-changers and incredible people.

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Good morning and happy Friday! April is upon us! Already. I hope that you are doing well.

For today’s quote, I rummaged through the Quotationary book my mother gave me. And I found a wee quote that I really enjoyed.

“My body which my dungeon is, And yet my parks and palaces….” ~Robert Louis Stevenson; excerpt from the poem “My body which my dungeon is” from Underwoods, 1887

Our bodies can often be a source of torment and pain. Agony even. But they are also a thing of beauty and grace and splendor. If you’re having a bad pain day, try to remember that there is also beauty within your torture-racked body. Take a moment to breathe and focus. And have a good long cry or a shout.

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Good morning and happy Friday! March is over halfway through! What? Already? I swear, where does the time go?

How was your week? Any victories or pitfalls? Check-in: How’s your mental and physical health doing?

Today’s quote is to remind all of us to keep going!

“A large oak tree is just a little nut that refused to give up.”

― David McGee

I know the road may seem long, arduous, and dark ahead, but keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep advocating for yourself. Keep fighting. And if you ever need someone to talk to or hold your hand along the way, I’m right here.

Much love,

Lisa.

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BLOGS I UPDATED THIS WEEK:

I added several visual representations of warriors describing their Endometriosis symptoms. If you haven’t already seen them, check out the additions…or even submit your own. It’s a wonderfully compelling addition to our awareness campaign.

Feel Good Fridays

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It’s another Friday! Again? Already?!?! I hope you’ve all had at least an okay week, if not better.

Tell me how things have been. Your ups, your downs, the victories, and pitfalls…

Today’s quote is brought to you by Pinterest:

“You are the CEO of your healthcare team. ~ Crystal Meadows

Crystal is a self-made patient advocate. If interested, you should check out her amazing webpage and follow her Instagram or Facebook accounts. Within moments of reading her IG posts, one hit me in the pit of my stomach. And it read, “Forgiveness for doctors who harmed me” as part of her therapy goals.

Guess what I’ll be doing tonight? Writing a list of all those doctors who dismissed me, failed to take my pain seriously, pushed me aside, or said I was weak…

Always, always, always remember that you are in charge of your body. You.

Empowered.

Love you guys. ~Lisa.

Blogs I Updated This Week:

I added several visual representations of warriors describing their Endometriosis symptoms. If you haven’t already seen them, check out the additions…or even submit your own. It’s a wonderfully compelling addition to our awareness campaign.

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Well, it’s the first Friday of March! Endometriosis Awareness Month is upon us!

How was your week? Mine was busy with work, yard work, and not enough sleep.

Which brings me to today’s quote:

“Respect your body when it’s asking you for a break. Respect your mind when it’s seeking rest. Honor yourself when you need a moment.” ~Unknown

I have searched and searched and cannot find who said this beautiful phrase.

But, take a moment to inhale deeply, and remind yourself that you are worth a break, a breather, a moment. Respect yourself as much as you respect others. Do not forget that you are wonderfully important…not just to you, but to others.

And I hope you have a beautiful weekend.

Love, Lisa