Feel Good Fridays

Hi guys.
Started my period today, so I’m medicated and taking a sick day. The pain woke me up at 2:30 this morning.
So, I want you all to remember on this Feel Good Friday, that it IS okay to take time for yourself. Sometimes it’s the only thing you can do.
Love you,  

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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It’s FRIDAY!

Today’s lovely quote comes from Richard Simmons – he was very inspiring during this morning’s aerobics.

“It’s consistency and looking in the mirror every day and giving yourself some compliments. Being kind and non-judgmental to yourself and others. … If we did that, it’d be a better world.” ~ Richard Simmons; 2014, on CNN

I truly hope you take this quote and do it…every day.  I know I will.

Blogs I updated this week:

Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts – added our November session.

New Study: Endometriosis, Anxiety, and Depression

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A recent study published in New Scientist magazine discovered that mice with Endometriosis proved to be more anxious and depressed than mice that did not have Endometriosis.  Behavioural changes in the mice with Endometriosis led to this conclusion.  It is believed by the authors that Endometriosis actually reprograms the brain, but it’s unknown as to how these changes occur.

Others believe that the anxiety and depression women with Endometriosis experience may be tied to their pain and infertility issues.  They believe that the way the body perceives pain has been altered, which affects anxiety and depression.

The authors hope that their findings now instigate more research as to how Endometriosis affects the central nervous system; not just reproductive health.

I myself will be doing more research into this topic, too!  Expect more ahead!

Resources:

issuu.com – (Article; November 2017) Endometriosis Affects the Brain (if you’d like to read the article, it’s on Page 16)

New Scientist (November 2017) – Endometriosis Affects the Brain

~ Again, I am a layman. I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings. Or challenge them. And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. Yours ~ Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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Happy Friday!!!  I may not have had the time to finish a new blog entry for the week, but please take a look below.  I’ve updated a few with new studies that have come out.

I look forward to having more available free time to dedicate to new entries (sorry…life’s been busy).  Which leads me to today’s quote:

“Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.” 
― Izey Victoria Odiase

I need to remind myself to stop, sit, and just…relax.  It’s been a go-go-go-go lifestyle for the past several months and hopefully this holiday season I can have some sit-down & do nothing” time.  I’m hoping you can do the same.

Have an INCREDIBLE week.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis & the Lungs – added a case study of a 37-year-old woman with Endometriosis lesions in her pleural cavity.  Published October 2017 in Radiology Case Reports.

Endometriosis on Your Skin – added a case study of a 49-year-old woman who suffered from a painful, swollen, stinky lump in her belly button for six years.  Published October 2017 in EC Gynaecology.

Stress Levels May Affect Endo – added a study on how stress may stimulate Endometriosis growth.  Published November 2017 in Sage Journals.

Feel Good Fridays

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I’m pre-writing this on Wednesday since I’ll be away with friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I hope that you’ve had a wonderful week surrounded by friends, family, support, and love.  Be thankful for the good moments…and the bad.  And if you’ve had a crappy week, keep a stiff upper lip and hope next week is better.  If you EVER need to talk – I’m here. ❤

Today’s quote is a doozy:

“My dearest friend Abigail, These probably could be the last words I write to you and I may not live long enough to see your response but I truly have lived long enough to live forever in the hearts of my friends. I thought a lot about what I should write to you. I thought of giving you blessings and wishes for things of great value to happen to you in future; I thought of appreciating you for being the way you are; I thought to give sweet and lovely compliments for everything about you; I thought to write something in praise of your poems and prose; and I thought of extending my gratitude for being one of the very few sincerest friends I have ever had. But that is what all friends do and they only qualify to remain as a part of the bunch of our loosely connected memories and that’s not what I can choose to be, I cannot choose to be lost somewhere in your memories. So I thought of something through which I hope you will remember me for a very long time. I decided to share some part of my story, of what led me here, the part we both have had in common. A past, which changed us and our perception of the world. A past, which shaped our future into an unknown yet exciting opportunity to revisit the lost thoughts and to break free from the libido of our lost dreams. A past, which questioned our whole past. My dear, when the moment of my past struck me, in its highest demonised form, I felt dead, like a dead-man walking in flesh without a soul, who had no reason to live any more. I no longer saw any meaning of life but then I saw no reason to die as well. I travelled to far away lands, running away from friends, family and everyone else and I confined myself to my thoughts, to my feelings and to myself. Hours, days, weeks and months passed and I waited for a moment of magic to happen, a turn of destiny, but nothing happened, nothing ever happens. I waited and I counted each moment of it, thinking about every moment of my life, the good and the bad ones. I then saw how powerful yet weak, bright yet dark, beautiful yet ugly, joyous yet grievous; is a one single moment. One moment makes the difference. Just a one moment. Such appears to be the extreme and undisputed power of a single moment. We live in a world of appearance, Abigail, where the reality lies beyond the appearances, and this is also only what appears to be such powerful when in actuality it is not. I realised that the power of the moment is not in the moment itself. The power, actually, is in us. Every single one of us has the power to make and shape our own moments. It is us who by feeling joyful, celebrate for a moment of success; and it is also us who by feeling saddened, cry and mourn over our losses. I, with all my heart and mind, now embrace this power which lies within us. I wish life offers you more time to make use of this power. Remember, we are our own griefs, my dear, we are our own happinesses and we are our own remedies.

Take care!

Love,
Francis.

Title: Letter to Abigail
Scene: “Death-bed”
Chapter: The Road To Awe”
― Huseyn Raza

May we embrace the moments…and the power we wield over them.

New Case Study: a woman with severely aggresive external Endometriosis

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A newly published study about a 35-year-old woman with a case of crazy-insane-aggressive Endometriosis hit my inbox.  I was going to fit it into a previously-written blog about hysterectomies and Endo or extra-pelvic Endo…but it was so fascinating that I decided to create today’s blog entry.

Initially, this young woman had abdominal surgery to remove her right ovary because of a ruptured ovarian cyst.  She subsequently had three additional surgeries to excise Endometriomas (chocolate cysts) and adenomyosis via a total hysterectomy which also took both of her fallopian tubes and remaining ovary.

After her 2007 surgery, her pain levels were still severe and present.  Her physicians started her on daily doses of 2.5mg Letrozole, even though she was already on Danazol every day.    It provided her with some relief and in 2012 she asked that her Letrozole dose be increased to 7.5mg.  Her physicians allowed it, but with it came increased side effects of weight gain, headaches, extremity pain, dizziness, insomnia, and memory impairment.  She asked that they decreased the dosage to 5mg.

With the decrease to 5mg, her Endometriosis relapsed and was found present in her abdominal wall, vulva, and labia majora.  They increased her Letrozole dosage back up to 7.5mg and surgery was performed (and continued to be repeated in the future).  The only pain relief she ever received was after surgeries to remove the Endo lesions and while she maintained an increased dose of Letrozole.

This poor woman had a total of 175 (yep; you read that right) surgical procedures from 1998 to 2013 to treat her aggressive Endometriosis.  Her only pain relief was on a triple-the-usual dosage amount of Letrozole which she then had the severe side effects from the medication to deal with.

I cannot even imagine!!!  Although I do wish the study outlined further details: what types of procedures, ablation or excision, diet, exercise, lifestyle, family history, etc.  A lot of different factors may affect pain and symptoms (although I’m not belittling her experience at all) – I would just really like to know…

If you’d like to read the entire study (and see the photographs), please click on the link below.

 

Resources:

Journal of Clinical Case Reports (Article; 2017) – A Severe Case of Recurrent External Endometriosis in an Ovariectomized Young Woman

 

~ Again, I am a layman.  I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge.  Please take what I say with a grain of salt.  If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings.  Or challenge them.  And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always.  Yours ~ Lisa

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Feel like votin’?

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The competition for the “Most Loved Blogs” contest on Healthline is upon us!  You, the Readers, get to vote for your favorite blogs in 2017!

You can vote once per day between now and December 6th.

I’ve never been one for “Vote for Me!” contests…they just jetisone me back to the ol’ High School days and popularity contests, blah blah blah. BUT…this one is for a great cause! If I do win…guess where I’m donating the prize money?

Three (3) winners will receive a cash prize:
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250

If you feel so inclined and have truly enjoyed the blog this year, please feel free to vote.  And don’t feel like you have to vote.  You’re under no obligation. I’ll never know if you did or didn’t.  You can’t hurt my feelings…

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Feel Good Fridays

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It’s Friday!! I missed last Friday’s post because I was on a roadtrip with my Besty, Rosie.

So, today you’ll get TWO!

“The human touch is that little snippet of physical affection that brings a bit of comfort, support, and kindness. It doesn’t take much from the one who gives it, but can make a huge difference in the one who receives it.” 
― Mya RobartsThe V Girl

and

“We can all make the world a better place through the moment-to-moment decisions we make as we interact with people.” 
― Morton ShaevitzRefire! Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

Get out there, meet new people, reconnect with old friends, say hello to strangers, smile.  And have an incredible weekend!!!

Love, Lisa

Blogs I’ve updated this week:
Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts – added our 10/22/17 session.