Feel Good Fridays!

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Whew. I’ve had a late start to my day! How was your week?

I just want to take a moment to remind you that it’s okay to set aside time for yourself, to just relax, breathe, recover, and rest. Put on an eyemask and headphones, block everything out, and breathe. Maybe even take a nap.

We are oh so important to others in our lives, but also very important to ourselves.

So find some time to honor your body, relax, and recoup.

Have a beautiful week!

Much love, Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays

young woman in wheelchair wearing a superhero mask, a cape, and boxing gloves. Badass.
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It’s Friday! The last one in March. I swear, where does time time go?

Today’s inspirational quote is actually a poem, Dare to Be, by Steve Maraboli.

“When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Each one of these statements made my heart smile, so I wanted to share them with you.

I hope you all have an incredible weekend.

Much love, Lisa.

Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis & the Appendix: The Asian Journal of Case Reports in Surgery published a study on March 8, 2021, of a 22 year-old-woman who went to the hospital for 5 days of throbbing right-sided abdominal pain. She had no other symptoms and reported it felt tender during any palpitation. Physicians suspected appendicitis and a surgery was performed. They noticed during surgery that her appendix was, indeed, inflamed. Everything else appeared normal within her pelvic cavity. The pathologist discovered Endometriosis within the muscle walls of her appendix. The patient was later referred to her gynecologist for any needed ongoing treatment.

Endometriosis & the Bowel:

  1. A study published in the February 2021 edition of The American Surgeon reports a 41-year-old woman had a mass nearly blocking her sigmoid colon. A CT scan confirmed the presence of the obstruction. A flexible sigmoidoscopy was attempted, but was unable to breach the obstruction. She underwent a laparotomy where it was discovered that her left ovary and fallopian tube were adhered to her sigmoid colon and surgically removed along with her blocked sigmoid colon. Pathology revealed “extensive” Endometriosis of the colon mass and ovary, as well as adhesions.
  2. The International Surgery Journal published a March 2021 study of a 45-year-old woman who had been suspected of peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneum); she had no prior history of abnormal periods or Endometriosis. A physical examination divulged her rectal cavity was “ballooning and tender…” and a laparotomy was in order. During surgery, they found a perforation in her sigmoid colon, and her abdominal cavity had been contaminated with escaped fecal matter (yes, that’s poop). They also found a “large mass” near the upper portion of her rectum. She received a bowel resection, and a temporary bag, and stayed in the hospital for seven days. Pathology came back that the mass was Endometriosis and it had fully involved the wall of her sigmoid colon, most likely causing the perforation. After three months, the bag-procedure was reversed. During that reversal surgery, they discovered a cyst on her left ovary, but the biopsy came back as NOT Endometriosis. There was no other Endometriosis discovered in her pelvic cavity during both surgeries.

Endometriosis on The Skin: The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology published a study in February of 2021 of a 29-year-old woman who had a dark mass develop in her belly button a year prior. It was painful during her period. It felt very firm and a CT scan showed it increased in density in the umbilical area, but did not extend to any organs. A biopsy showed it was umbilical Endometriosis. Once they received the biopsy results, a surgery was performed to remove the entire mass. There is an incredible picture of her belly button Endo in the study!

What Does Endometriosis Pain Feel Like?

Happy March 1st! It’s Endometriosis Awareness Month! Want to share what your pain feels like? I’ll add it to the blog and share on social media!

Use this form to submit your own and we’ll publish it on the blog!

Bloomin' Uterus

Woman lying on couch, holding heating pad to stomach, bottle prescription pain pills in the foreground next to a mug of tea

One of our local EndoSisters had a brilliant suggestion: have EndoWarriors describe, in physical terms, what their Endometriosis pain and symptoms feel like and share the responses with the world!

If you’d like to let the world know, please fill out this form below. Your email address, if you provide it, will remain confidential and shared with no one! (If you can’t get the form to work, contact me). And scroll down to read how other people describe their Endometriosis.

And here’s what we’ve received. Check back often for more entries!

Before my recent surgery, I would feel like I had shards of glass, razor blades, and barbed wire flowing through my intestines every time I had to poop.  Period cramps would squeeze my uterus in a tight vice.  My lower back always felt like it had been kicked by a horse. And the sharp pains that would just linger from time to time around my abdomen felt like a white hot fire poker was stuck in my side. Lisa, San Diego

Left hip feels like its been skewered by a railway spike, blader / vagina /uterus feels like they are being burned by a welding torch, feels like glass shards moving through my bowel with EVERY B.M., sciatic pain leaves my legs, hip, ankles & feet feeling numb, tingling AND in so much pain like they've been smashed to bits by a sledgehammer.  MamaBear, Nova Scotia

A heavy weight of low back throbbing. A thorny balloon, inflating and deflating in between my organs.  Sal, San Diego

It feels like my skin is on fire and I have thousands of bugs crawling all over me. I have a vise around my bladder, squeezing and squeezing, but I’m unable to pee. I can’t physically walk or stand up straight without feeling like my ovaries will pop like balloons. Just the smell of food makes me throw up.  I feel like someone is physically twisting and pulling my colon out with a pair of clamps and it wouldn’t surprise me if I look down and saw that I expelled my intestines. I have full blown labor pains and contractions, that don’t ease until I’ve passed a golf ball.  Tabitha, California

I would feel like I was having s baby dilated to 10 every month. Amy Jo, Michigan

It feels like a ripping, tearing sensation in slow motion - it burns and throbs with an intense cold and hot pain like someone is ripping a layer of skin or muscle out of my abdomen and down my inner thighs. When I feel it, I think of how it looks to pull the skin off of a piece of raw chicken before you cook it, or field dressing a deer - that’s what I imagine is happening inside my body, and this usually lasts for about 5 days each month.  Amy, San Diego, California

It's like rusty nails in a board and you put your foot on the board to steady yourself because all the nails need to be ripped out with that claw part. Since they are rusty nails they don't come out easy, they have to be wigged back and forth side to side. And just as you get one out it gets slammed back into your body again. And the nails are from your thighs all the way up over the navel. And your stomach is swollen hard not swollen like gas swollen or too much fluid but so swollen you cant wear underwear or clothes that touch the rusty nails. Anonymous, Western United States

A tiny person inside trying to claw it's way out, and having a zip tie around my ovaries that someone is constantly tightening. Andi, San Diego, California

Sharp pain that hits hard enough to make my vision go white with blinding pain. vomit inducing cramping to the point of passing out. Hot and cold shivering, muscle tremors deep aching in bladder, rectum , kidneys, etc. emotional swings from every five minutes to days to weeks causing Brain Fog.  Misty Joseph, Orange County, California

It's like my insides are connected by a spider web. And every move from walking to breathing causes everything to shift.  There's pressure then this shooting pain. It stops you dead in your tracks.  ~Betti, United States

It's like I've been blown up with a foot pump so nothing fits and I feel like I could pop, and then being stabbed in the ovary, hip and back of the leg with a very long hat pin from the inside.

Feels like someone is sawing my insides left to right. Sometimes it feels like my uterus is a balloon about to pop and the pressure is so intense I just curl up in a ball and try to sleep it off.  When I do get ahead of the pain and find relief, I find it's a dull numbness and my brain gets foggy, my nerves are extremely sensitive (especially my skin) and I am so fatigued.

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