Feel Good Fridays

Back of a woman showing her shoulders and neck line

Man, these past two weeks at work have been exhausting. Purely exhausting. It’s been tense, we’re short-staffed at the moment, and it’s full of deadlines. And also getting ready for our upcoming March Endo events is equally poopy-outty. I’m sleeping at night, but don’t feel rested when I wake up.

I’m wiped.

I’m excited about March 16th and March 30th. So, no regrets. But it’s important to realize that when you’ve stretched yourself too thin or have too much on your plate that you MUST focus on some sort of proper rest and relaxation.

Make some “Me” time. Set down everything else. Breathe. Let it all fall away.

So, if you’re like me today and you’ve just reached a point of pure exhaustion, let’s do this together:

“Relaxing the shoulders is vital for relaxation in general. However, owing to the effects of gravity, relaxation is problematic unless we let the shoulders remain in their natural place. Let the shoulders drop, or settle in harmony with gravity, into their most comfortable position. It isn’t too difficult to do this for a moment, but to sustain this condition unconsciously in our lives is another matter. We raise our shoulders unnaturally when we lean on a desk or hold the telephone between our shoulders and ears, when we are shocked by a loud noise, and who knows how many other times throughout the day. And the unsettling of the shoulders doesn’t have to be large to produce anxiety, stiff necks, and headaches. Just slightly raising them will create tension, and this tension throws the nervous system out of balance.

When do we raise the shoulders in daily life? What are we feeling at that moment and leading up to that moment? Remembering that the body reflects the mind, and that the raising of the shoulders not only creates tension but also is a physical manifestation of psychological tension itself, what are the roots of this tension? Bringing the mind into the moment, let’s observe ourselves in a state free of preconceived ideas or beliefs. Don’t guess at these questions. Observe yourself in relationship to others and the universe” 
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

It isn’t much. But it’s a little. An easy, non-time consuming, quick way to take a moment, draw a breath, and relax those shoulders.

That’s one step. The rest we’ll find time to relax a step at a time. Sometimes we cannot control our outer-stressors. And deadlines must be met. But today? Today I can do this.

Breathe. And drop my shoulders.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend. And find some time to just relllllaaaaax.

Much love to you. Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays

Lisa Howard holding a sign that reads "I am 1 in 10. My disease gave me purpose. And I fight with an Army of Warriors.  Endo Awareness"
(yes, that IS a plant sticking out of my head)

Today is March 1st. A jumpstart to Endometriosis Awareness Month!

I embrace my diagnosis. Am grateful for answers. And am so thankful for the family and community it has created.

The pain sucks. The surgeries suck. The worry it causes my family sucks. The treatments suck.

But I have you. And you have me. And that doesn’t suck.

Not one bit.

Keep on fighting, Warriors. And if you ever need to talk, I’m right here.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Man checking off a "no" box

This one goes out to all of ya who have to say no to many events, happenings, parties, or even yourself. Self-care is so very important. And you should never feel guilty for having to decline an invitation or cancel plans because *you* need to rest and take care of your body.

“Let today mark a new beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and/or expects you to say YES all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say NO without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions.”
― Stephanie Lahart

I hope that you ARE able to care for you, first.  And I hope you have a beautiful and relaxing weekend.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

A super rainy week in Southern California, and I just love the weather!!! So, here we are, a Friday – the end of another week. February is halfway over – are you ready for March?

On to today’s quote. Another one chosen at random, and if it was meant for you today – then so be it.

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

This may be easier said than done, but it can be done. And sometimes it is absolutely necessary for your survival. You have to take care of you, first. If you don’t, how can you care for others?

I know today’s Feel Good quote may be a bit of a downer, but I need you to understand that we are worth the effort and the love. And others cannot get passed the past and judge you for it, cut them loose. Surround yourself with those that unconditionally love you. Move on.

I love you guys. And wish you the best weekend possible. ~Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Bristlecone Pine tree
An ancient bristlecone pine; From a trip with friends Sept. 2018

Another Friday is upon us and the first week of February has come to a close.

For today’s quote, I opened up the book of “Quotationary” that my Mum bought me and selected a random quote on a random page. May I present to you (Page 207, first column, second quote):

No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. ~Seneca the Younger


Of all the random quotes in this 961-page book, my finger landed on this one. And I love it. Not only because I feel it a personal testament … but I also find it a testament of all of you strong Sisters and Warriors. We’ve become stronger by our adversity, our illness, our community. We aren’t a lone battle-scarred tree perched on some forlorn hilltop. No! We are a mighty forest, a tended orchard, a protective thicket, and an oasis in the desert.

Think of the aged and gnarled and resilient bristlecone pines that stand for thousands of years. When we visited the park in California in late 2018, I cannot begin to describe the ferocity of the winds that assailed the top of the mountain…yet the pines stood tall and proud.

We are great in number and greater in spirit. And we are made so by each other and those who support us and hold our hands during the rough times.

You are not alone, my beautiful strong-rooted Ones. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Bladder & Endometriosis – added a 2019 study of a woman who developed ureteral endometriosis which blocked the flow of urine from her kidney

Endometriosis: Finding the Silver Lining – added Brandy and Amanda’s thoughts on how Endometriosis has positively affected their lives.

Endometriosis & Leg Pain/Sciatica – added a Nov. 2018 study about Endometriosis-induced sciatica

Endometriosis & the Appendix – added a Jan. 2019 study, as well as my Nov. 2018 surgery and personal experience with appendix-endo.

Endometriosis & the Bowel – added a 2019 study of a woman with a bowel obstruction and cecum mass which led to an emergency surgery; turns out: it was Endometriosis.

Endometriosis on your Skin – added a 2019 abstract of a woman who developed a skin-colored nodule that ended up being Endometriosis.

My Fourth Endo Excision Surgery – I received an update on my surgery billing. My insurance covered the hospital and anesthesiologist bills and paid my copay. I’m still waiting for the insurance to approve my pathologist’s bill, as well as waiting for my colo-rectal surgeon’s bill to arrive.

Orlissa: AbbVie’s New Drug to Manage Endometriosis Symptoms – added a 2019 abstract of the Phase 3 Clinical Trial outcomes.

Reader’s Choice: Can Men Get Endometriosis – added a 2019 study of a 54-year-old man who developed Endometriosis at the base of his bladder.

Feel Good Fridays

We’ve made it through yet another week. And the first month of 2019 has drawn to a close (already?!?).

I had an incredibly relaxing weekend celebrating my husband’s 50th birthday last weekend. And he’s been on vacation this week, too. So today’s quote is all about finding a moment to relax.

And this quote really hit me square between my shoulders…literally. Take a moment, become aware of your body, and try to let it all go….

“Relaxing the shoulders is vital for relaxation in general. However, owing to the effects of gravity, relaxation is problematic unless we let the shoulders remain in their natural place. Let the shoulders drop, or settle in harmony with gravity, into their most comfortable position. It isn’t too difficult to do this for a moment, but to sustain this condition unconsciously in our lives is another matter. We raise our shoulders unnaturally when we lean on a desk or hold the telephone between our shoulders and ears, when we are shocked by a loud noise, and who knows how many other times throughout the day. And the unsettling of the shoulders doesn’t have to be large to produce anxiety, stiff necks, and headaches. Just slightly raising them will create tension, and this tension throws the nervous system out of balance.


When do we raise the shoulders in daily life? What are we feeling at that moment and leading up to that moment? Remembering that the body reflects the mind, and that the raising of the shoulders not only creates tension but also is a physical manifestation of psychological tension itself, what are the roots of this tension? Bringing the mind into the moment, let’s observe ourselves in a state free of preconceived ideas or beliefs. Don’t guess at these questions. Observe yourself in relationship to others and the universe” 
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

I hope you are able to better center yourself, breathe, and let things go. I will try, at least for today, to be aware of my tension and shoulders (especially because they DO tend to ride high near my ears) and to just…relax.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis: Finding the Silver Lining – added Zoe’s silver lining.

Feel Good Fridays

Box labeled "Care Package"

This one goes out to all of you who are having a crazy, busy week; or finding no time to think about yourself, let along CARE for yourself:


“Respect, Love, and Value yourself. Always remember to be good to yourself by taking care of yourself. Make yourself a priority and know that it’s okay. Don’t feel guilty for loving yourself, first! You’re just as important as anybody else.” 
― Stephanie Lahart

Remember, you are worth every bit of love, compassion, and care that you bestow upon other. You just have to remind yourself that you are. Self-care is so very, very important: mentally and physically.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Stickman holding a flower with hearts all over

It’s Friday! And happiest of Fridays!

It’s been a beautiful week of rain here in San Diego, California. We don’t get it enough, but we’ve gotten it all week this week! I looooove it! I just want to snuggle up under a heavy blanket, sip hot cocoa, and read a book! But…work beckons!

I hope you enjoy today’s quote as much as I do. It’s lengthy, but it’s amazing:


“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.”  ~ Roy T. Bennett

Whatever you may be going through, or what decision await your future, do it for you. Act for you. Decide for you. Whatever needs to be done, do what YOU truly wish do to. No one else.

Live your life.

…and have a glorious weekend! Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Bladder & Endometriosis – added a 2018 study of a woman who had blood in her urine, flank pain, and nausea. Turns out: endo of her ureter.

Endometriosis & the Lungs – added a 2018 study of a woman’s with repeated fluid build-up in her right lung cavity. Initially treated for pneumonia, she was later diagnosed with thoracic Endometriosis.

Endometriosis on the Skin – added a Sept 2018 study about spontaneous umbilical Endometriosis.  

What is Endometriosis – added a link that Endometriosis can be found on or inside the pancreas

Blogs I published this week (in case you missed it):

Endometriosis & the Pancreas – cases of Endometriosis and Endometriomas being found on/inside the pancreas

My 4th Endo Excision Surgery – what happened? what’d they find? how am I feeling? All the goods!

Feel Good Fridays!

Positive sign

Well here we are, my first Feel Good Friday in a loooong while! It’s good to be back and I hope you’re doing well.

Today’s quote is to bring in the new year right: on a positive note.


“Staying positive does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather it is knowing that YOU will be okay no matter how things turn out.” ~Unknown

You will make it through (fill in the blank). Whatever it may be, you will push through. You will survive this. You will endure.

Try your best to find that silver lining through the difficult times. Embrace something positive. Or even just think happy thoughts. You *have* to make it through. And you will.

Love you guys. Happy Friday, and have a wonderful weekend.

Yours, Lisa