Feel Good Fridays

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Today’s quote is by one of my EndoSisters who is continuing to battle to get the healthcare that she deserves.  We were talking this week about her sub-standard care by an Endometriosis “expert,” and Celia’s unwavering determination to keep fighting.  And she shared her mantra with me…which I fell in love with.

“Chin up, fangs out!” ~ Celia Pellegrin

So, to ANY of you dealing with ANYTHING that requires your determination, tenacity, persistence, and strength…hold firm!  Keep going.  And, as Celia says: Chin up, Fangs out!!  You’ve got this.

Have an incredible weekend!

Love, Lisa

 

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Endometriosis & the Appendix – added an Oct. 29, 2018, study from the British Institute of Radiology about a 40-year-old woman who presented with right lower quadrant pain and lower back pain.  Also added a November 3, 2018, study from the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports of a 29-year-old woman who complained of lower right pain, nausea, and vomiting the day after her period started.  Care to guess their diagnoses?

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It’s Friday!

I started the day with low tire pressure in my rental car, so there was an impromptu trip to Hertz to have it looked at (it was the cold weather that affected it)…

Then followed that up with my Friday Morning Tradition: a bagel and hot cocoa from my local bagel shop.

And now I sit, the work day is juuuuuuust about to begin, and I’m at the tail-end of the Sniffles Head Cold (which I’ve had all week).

So what the heck shall we quote today? I don’t know yet…let’s go on the prowl for something that speaks to me!

…standby…

“Poetry is heart medicine.” 
― Marty Rubin

It’s so simple. But it’s true.  Find some time this weekend to sit down and read some poetry. Perhaps favorites while you were growing up, or explore new titles and pieces.  Whatever you do, find something and share it here in the comments below.  I do love poetry!

Have a GREAT weekend

Love, Lisa

PS – one of my favorites growing up?  Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight by Rose Hartwick Thorpe

 

Blogs I updated this week:

Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts – our August session included a hearing in front of a tribunal…as our party had to justify their actions to the law.

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Happy Friday!!!!

Today’s quote is brought to you by my favorite employee at a bagel shop, Phil.  Next Tuesday is his last day and I am SO sad! Not only does he make me smile and is a beacon of joy in my mornings, but he gives THE BEST hugs.

“When a hug is this big, you feel it for days.” 
― Jessica Shook, Shrapnel

I’m a huge hugger.  Always have been.  Always will be.  They just feel so good to give and receive.  Better than a warm handshake or a smile.

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Have an incredible weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Go hug someone you love.

Mwah!

Lisa

 

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Friday!!!!

Today’s quote is for all of you that may be doubting your ability to push through, to finish, or to even start…who feel broken by inability, or frustrated with “the system,” or less-than.

“You can do this, and if you can’t do it today, you’ll do it tomorrow. You are not a failure.” 
― Alisha Rai, Wrong to Need You

You are amazing. And strong.  And you have all of us to help you.

Always.

Love, Lisa

 

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Good morning and Happy Friday!  We made it through another week…and August is almost over! ALREADY?!?

Today’s quote is for all of my readers who are feeling that time is slipping too quickly, especially if they are bound to the bed, the heating pad, the pain pills, the struggles of having to pick and choose what they can accomplish in a moment.  The daily battle to be able to just…do. Do anything.  Do everything.

Burning that precious energy to take a shower, or to feed your children before school, or to buy groceries.  Or to just sip on some tea while curled around a heating pad.  Or maybe the day encompasses a hike, yet you have to take a lot of breaks due to pain.

It’s finding the strength to do what you can, when you can, and still finding balance.  Not mourning the things you were unable to do yesterday or today…but embracing the things you DID accomplish.

…even if it was something as simple as brushing your hair, kissing your loved ones, or resting.  Please…do not beat yourself up if you are unable to “do all the things”…you must respect and honor your limitations.  Embrace you for you, just as you are.

“It was a very ordinary day, the day I realised that my becoming is my life and my home and that I don’t have to do anything but trust the process, trust my story and enjoy the journey. It doesn’t really matter who I’ve become by the finish line, the important things are the changes from this morning to when I fall asleep again, and how they happened, and who they happened with. An hour watching the stars, a coffee in the morning with someone beautiful, intelligent conversations at 5am while sharing the last cigarette. Taking trains to nowhere, walking hand in hand through foreign cities with someone you love. Oceans and poetry.

It was all very ordinary until my identity appeared, until my body and mind became one being. The day I saw the flowers and learned how to turn my daily struggles into the most extraordinary moments. Moments worth writing about. For so long I let my life slip through my fingers, like water.
I’m holding on to it now,
and I’m not letting go.”
― Charlotte ErikssonEmpty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

Have a beautiful weekend.  May it be full of what you need.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week!

C-Sections & Endometriosis – added a July 2018 study of a woman with nodule in her c-section scar

Endometriosis & the Bowel – added a Jan. 2018 study of a woman who suffered from left abdominal pain and bloody stool during her periods.

My Two Cents: Sexual Abuse & Endometriosis – added a July 2018 study trying to find a relationship between early childhood abuse (physical and sexual) and a higher risk of developing Endometriosis

 

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It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted one of these!  Life is returning to normal after my surgery and it’s time to resurrect the Feel Good Fridays posts!

Today’s quote is about embracing a new day. Run with it.  Let yesterday go.  Forge ahead.  Renew.

“Imagine a master painting that’s never finished…when you can only build on previous work, you become limited by what you can paint…If you are in the midst of painting a forest full of tall tress and hanging vines, it is rather difficult to wake up the next day and suddenly turn that paining into the beach and ocean…We have to treat each day like a black canvas on which we can paint. Yesterday might have been painting flowers, but today you can paint cars or horses. A new day represents a chance for renewal.” 
― Ian K. SmithHappy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy! Love, Lisa

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One of my favorite Burning Man memories of 2013; a piano bar in the dust

 

Happy Friday! Another week has passed!  I hope that you had a good one.

Once more I’ll be on the road heading out to Arizona again to spend precious time with family.

This week a woman I love dearly has endured a lot of pain and emotional rollercoasters due to IVF treatments to freeze her eggs, several of my EndoSisters have scheduled surgeries to take place over the next few weeks to months, and my old boss sent me photographs of his newborn son.  And I am reminded that despite the pitfalls, there is always an “up” somewhere – which led me on a quote search for today.

And I’m in love, yet again.

“Life is like a piano. White keys are happy moments and the black ones are sad moments. Both keys are played together to give us the sweet music called Life.” 
― Suzy KassemRise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

And, of course, that led me right back to my favorite piano piece, Life and Death, played by Paul Cardall:

I now believe this will be my little anthem while I’m stuck deep in a pitfall or need to help pull someone out of theirs.  Just a little mental theme song to remind me that both the good and the bad make life the beautiful thing that it is.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.  Love, Lisa

Blogs I’ve Updated This Week:

A New Publication re: Abdominal Wall Endometriosis – added a study about a 36-year-old woman who complained of pain along her appendectomy scar.

Endometriosis & the Lungs – added a study of a 46-year-old woman who had fluid in her pleural cavity.  After many visits to the ER for coughing, chest pain, difficulty breathing, they suspected she had pneumonia and treated her with antibiotics.  Eventually, she had a surgery and was diagnosed with thoracic endometriosis.  Also added a study of a 14-year-old girl who sustained nine lung collapses in two years.

Have You Seen the Endometriosis Commercials on TV? – still pending FDA approval, some studies show that long-term use of Elagolix may reduce fatigue, painful sex, painful periods, and non-menstrual pelvic pain.  I’ll continue to update this blog on new findings of Elagolix and FDA approval.

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Last night I spent some time with an old friend, and several new ones, at one of those Paint & Drink Wine events.  It was A BLAST!  None of us knew what we were doing, but all of us did a great job!

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So, today’s quote is about stepping outside of your comfort zone.  And I’ve found a beautiful and perfect quote:

“I have realized; it is during the times I am far outside my element that I experience myself the most. That I see and feel who I really am, the most! I think that’s what a comet is like, you see, a comet is born in the outer realms of the universe! But it’s only when it ventures too close to our sun or to other stars that it releases the blazing “tail” behind it and shoots brazen through the heavens! And meteors become sucked into our atmosphere before they burst like firecrackers and realize that they’re shooting stars! That’s why I enjoy taking myself out of my own element, my own comfort zone, and hurling myself out into the unknown. Because it’s during those scary moments, those unsure steps taken, that I am able to see that I’m like a comet hitting a new atmosphere: suddenly I illuminate magnificently and fire dusts begin to fall off of me! I discover a smile I didn’t know I had, I uncover a feeling that I didn’t know existed in me… I see myself. I’m a shooting star. A meteor shower. But I’m not going to die out. I guess I’m more like a comet then. I’m just going to keep on coming back.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

Embrace it all and shine!  Blaze that trail across the sky and keep coming back.  Keep fighting.  Marvel in the beauty.  And enjoy life!!!

Have a wonderful weekend.  Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis & the Appendix – added a March 2018 cite to a woman with appendiceal endometriosis; discovered during a surgery for her ectopic pregnancy.

Endometriosis & the Bowel – added a September 2017 study of a woman who developed a small bowel obstruction which was surgically confirmed to have been caused by Endometriosis lesions.

New Pill? Viagra for Women – updated information regarding Addyi’s FDA approval and side effects

Reader’s Choice: C-Sections & Endometriosis – added an October 2017 case report of a 28-year-old woman who developed Endometriosis inside her c-section scar four months after the procedure.

 

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Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week.  And if not…I hope you have a better weekend!

Fridays seem to be my new “head to the bagel shop” day.  Treating myself to something delicious the last day of the week…and today’s trip to the bagel shop was a fun one.

Not only was there a Sheriff Deputy with a huge smile holding the door open for me as I went in, but there was a new guy at the counter who had an incredible sense of humor.  AND my bagel guy was working behind the counter so we got to catch up a bit before my order was ready.  Glen, the guy who usually takes my cash, was there to razz me as well.  Fun all around.  And on my way out, hot cocoa in one hand, car keys in the other, and bag-o-bagel hanging from my mouth, I mumbled, “where the hell did I park?” between my clenched teeth.  The paramedic who had held open the door for me turned around smiling, “that’s the story of my life!”  Just a wonderfully fun way to begin the workday.  I don’t know why it all struck me as wonderful, but I still can’t wipe the grin off my bagel-crusted face.

So, today’s quote:

“Stop changing yourself for the sake of other people. You shouldn’t care what strangers think and true friends won’t ask you to change.” 
― Avina Celeste

I hope you can read it, read it again, digest it…and live it.

Have an incredible weekend!!!

Love, Lisa