Another week has flown by and October is nearly finished. Already?!?
Last night was our monthly support group meeting. We talk about a lot of things besides our illness, and it’s a great feeling to just be yourself and hang with people who know what you’re going through.
And now with the #MeToo movement all over social media, talking about things can really help – not only help connect with others, but free a piece of you that may feel trapped.
So, today’s quote:
“When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.” ― Shannon L. Alder
Whatever it is, don’t hold back. Be yourself, completely. And share. Talk. Express. Without fear. ❤
If you’re in the New York area (or able to travel), the Endometriosis Foundation of America will be hosting a 2017 Medical Conference on Saturday, October 28, 2017: “In honor of ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month,’ this one-day conference will explore the relationship between sex hormones at the molecular level in the etiology and treatment of breast, ovarian cancer and endometriosis.”
It is open the general public (tickets cost $100) and it will be an information-packed day with a wide range of guest speakers, panelists, and topics.
For a comprehensive schedule of topics and speakers, click here.
If you haven’t heard of Pelvic Pain Solution’s pelvic therapy pads, they offer hands-free hot or cold compresses: the EndoFEMM Pad, the Endo-lite Travel Pad, the Pelvic Floor pad (which extends from pelvic bone to tailbone), and the Multi-Comfort Pad (which sounds divine: coverage of the tummy, pelvic area, lower back, and tailbone!) I have my EndoFEMM and freakin’ LOVE it! I wrote a little review of my experience here. I own the full size and the travel size versions.
I’m workin’ the fitting the pelvic seat cushion into my budget, but Pelvic Pain Solutions (and other people who have purchased them) say they’re helpful for pelvic discomfort and relieving pain and tension. I’ve recently discovered the life-changing benefits of having a lumbar pillow on the back of my chair at work at in my Jeep and have high expectations for a pelvic cushion!
Thanks, Babette, and everyone at Pelvic Pain Solutions for all that you do. ❤
For the month of October, Healthline is hosting an awareness campaign of ALL invisible illnesses and they’d like OUR help!
Do YOU have an invisible illness? Why not participate? There are two weeks left in October. 🙂 Let’s inundate the internet!
Why: To educate and raise awareness that not all illnesses are inherently visible and to raise financial support for the U.S. Pain Foundation in support of all invisible illnesses.
When: This campaign was launched on October 1 and will continue through October 31, 2017.
What: Share an image on Social Media that makes your condition visible with the hashtag #MakeItVisible. For every #MakeItVisible submission Healthline is donating $1 to the U.S. Pain Foundation until we reach our $5,000 goal.
Who: You! With your support, Healthline will be able to bring more communities in to unite and honor all invisible illness communities in order to break the stigma that one has to “look sick” to be living with a condition.
Another week is gone, with too little time to read or write. Bah! Soon, I hope!
BUT…there’s always time for a Feel Good Friday’s quote! And today it’s all about YOU!
“Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift ourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health—body, mind, and spirit.” ― Laurie Buchanan, PhD
I hope that you’re able to focus on a bit of “Me Time” this weekend. Honor yourself, inside and out. And pass it on.
I received this message from one of our Readers, Jeni.
I was having severe pain in my right ovary. After months of seeing my Dr. we decided on a hysterectomy Feb 19, 2017 leaving in my left ovary. We are now in September and the pain resurfaced in April and month by month is getting severe again. I went to my Ob Dr, and she said it was from my endometriosis which I never knew I had till I visited her last Friday. She suggested I do the shot for 3 months to see if that helps. If my pain is gone they will take my other ovary and I will go into menopause. I am 43 and will probably hit menopause within the next 5 years anyway as my mom was in her 40’s. I would love some insight as to what you ladies would suggest. Some of your stories sound terrible and I feel for all of you.
If you would like to reach out to Jeni and help offer some insight, she’d love to hear from you. You may email her here.
Our friends at the Endometriosis Family Support Group are at it again! On October 18, 2017, at 7pm (PST), they’ll be hosting a Webinar with Paige Gibbons (from the Uterus & Duderus Podcasts). She’ll be covering how you (yes YOU) can talk to others about Endometriosis.
AUGH! It’s been such a busy week! And I am so sorry I haven’t been able to dedicate any time to the blog. I will try harder to fit in some time for researching, writing, and sharing. I miss it. And our connection.
So, today’s quote is inspired by my lack of time to do the things I wanted as of late:
“It wasn’t until I slowed the car and rolled down the windows that I realized I spend most of my days driving ‘through’ life without driving ‘in’ life. So, I’ve decided to walk because the pace is slower and the windows are always down.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
May we all find time to “roll down the windows,” and enjoy a slower pace in life. Take in the beauty around us and just breathe.
Okay, because I was out of town last Friday, I’m giving you TWO quotes today 🙂
My friend and mentor recently shared a quote that I fell in love with, and I wanted to share it with you. I’d never heard it before, but given who said it, you think I would have!
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” ~John Wayne
And this one I found while scrolling through uplifting quotes:
“You do not need any more strength. You only need to realize how strong you already are.” ~Vironika Tugaleva
So what are you going to do this weekend? Next week? Next month? The rest of the year?
I hope you are able to look within yourself, sense your inner strength and beauty, and move ahead full steam…with whatever you may have on your plate, or what you’ve been putting off, or what’s been hindering you, or what’s lurking in the shadows…Just close your eyes and go. You can do this.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Blogs I’ve updated this week:
I added an Events Calendar! If you look at the top right of your computer screen (not sure where it’s located on tablets and/or phones), you’ll see a new “Events” option. Click on that and it will bring you to our calendar of upcoming events 🙂