Feel Good Fridays

Sprout plant growing through asphalt
Photo by Skeeze

Another week has flown by. And here we are: Friday.

My favorite t-shirt from several years ago read, “Be the reason someone smiles today.” I mourn the loss of that shirt – I wore it ’til it just couldn’t be worn anymore. But it’s been on my mind lately, which has inspired today’s quote:

“Believe me. Your hardship, tears and sorrows you are facing now are the training of your spirit. The strength you learn from there brings you more love and smiles in your future. Wherever you are, love all the people around you like your family. then you are not alone anymore.”
― Hiroko Sakai

Whatever you may be enduring, know that it is not everlasting. And know that you are not alone. Reach out to friends, family, strangers, loved ones, people you trust, or even a complete stranger. It will fade. And you will find the strength to smile.

And if you would like, email me. I’m always here for you.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Endometriosis & the Heart: added a 2019 study of a 28-year-old woman who complained of chest pains and collapsed. Turns out she had Endometriosis along her pericardial lining.

Feel Good Fridays!

Bloomin' Uterus logo

Happy Friday. September is already half-way over. Already!

This week has been full of ups and downs:
I came down with a case of what I suspect is bronchitis, followed by laryngitis.
I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon to discuss my ultrasound results.
I’m not sleeping well due to said bronchitis and accompanying coughing fits.
I’ve discovered the healing power of humidifiers!
And tomorrow a few of us Bloomin’ Uterus gals are getting together at a winery to honor our shared surgeon and his office staff.

A busy week indeed. I’m so looking forward to tomorrow. I don’t know if I’ll be able to speak, but I cannot wait to celebrate and honor San Diego Women’s Health and Dr. Kurtulus.

But for today? Today’s quote goes out to all you chronic-illness warriors (whatever it may be):

“Pain diminishes us, and it is so important to remember, in the midst of pain and everything that pain takes from you, that still … you are enough. You are enough just as you are. You are worthy of love and kindness. You are enough. And you have enough.”
― Steve Leder, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us

Never forget that you will endure, you will flourish, and you are still beautiful.

Much love to you. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to be able to blog very soon.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Help Wanted sign in window

Happy Friday!

Today’s quote is straight out of the Quotationary book my Mum gave me a few years ago 🙂

“We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.” ~Mark Vonnegut

Seriously…just help one another. In anything and everything. Expect no compensation or glory. If there’s a need you can fill, fill it. No matter how small.

It may even be as simple as passing on a smile or listening. Or as secretive as an anonymous gift during a time of need. Or even driving a friend to a doctor’s appointment.

Just be there. And if you need help, reach out.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays!

A card of stones that reads "Resilience"

Good morning. Well, I hope you’re having a good morning. Today’s Feel Good Friday will require some explanation.

Resilience can be found
in mind
in body
in spirit;

Getting back up
pushing forward
trying again
and again;

Sometimes
every part of our being is required
on other occasions
one deep breath
is all you need
to bounce back;

A rebuilt the shelter
is stronger than the first
for it has the advantage
of experience.

~Jayme Allen; Mood Body Studio; creator of The Moody Deck

This past Tuesday I had an incredibly painful Endo day on Day Two of my period. I had to stay home from work, pop pain pills, take several hot showers, and nurse my heating pad all day. It was the first of such a day since October of 2018. The pain was intense. And it had me spiraling hard with my thoughts. Luckily, though, it was only one day and now just feels like Tuesday was a bad nightmare; no traces of its physical presence. Although the mental fears still linger.

And just yesterday I received The Moody Deck in the mail. Consider it a deck of uplifting, encouraging, and self-awareness cards. I drew a card yesterday for a meditation exercise: Resilience. Its explanation is above.

And this morning? I drew another card for the Theme of the Day. Having shuffled the deck about five times before I pulled out a card: Resilience.

Well hello, Universe. You’re right: I can get through this.

Whatever you may be going through, we can all get through this. We are strong enough. And when we don’t feel strong enough, reach out for help. You have many around you who will gladly support and hold you up. And if you feel that you don’t even have that…remember: you have me. Contact me anytime if you need it.

Visit Mood Body Studio for more information about The Moody Deck, including how you can purchase your very own deck for $40.

Feel Good Fridays

Folding chair atop a quiet lake in the mountains
“Enjoy the Silence” by Thomas Leuthard

Good morning, guys! And happy Friday!

I know we all have our bad moments, days, weeks, months, or even years. Life can be ruthless, unfair, and tough. Whatever you may be going through, I want you to take a moment and really let today’s quote soak in:

“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” 
― Akiroq Brost

Did you read it? Take a deep breath, clear your thoughts, and read it again.

Really let it sink in.

Then give it a moment and identify something you’ll do for yourself today. It could be anything. Tell me about it in the comments. Then come back later and reply to your comment: were you able to do it?

We all deserve a moment to ourselves.

Even if it’s just to get away for five minutes and take a walk around the block.

May you have a weekend filled with a few relaxing moments. Enjoy.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Dungeon & Dragons & Donuts: How RPG Games May Help with (Fill In The Blank): added Chapter 26 from our April 2019 session. Our adventurers have landed in the Anauroch desert in search of the City of Shade and Zeke, the man with the jars of souls. While in town, they meet a mysterious woman also searching for Zeke. Deals are struck and the adventure continues! Let’s deal with a little bit of heat and sand in places where it doesn’t belong!

Feel Good Fridays

A woman handing out free hugs
One day I’d love to do this. “Free Hugs” by Matthew G.

Friday. What a rough week.

Last night I went to dinner with Brandy, one of my local EndoSisters and one hellava Warrior. It was wonderful.

And after a few hours of talking, catching up, dumping out our hearts, and encouraging one another, we left after several hugs.

So, today’s quote:

“Some moments can only be cured with a big squishy grandma hug.” 

― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

They say laughter is the best medicine, but it’s not. Not for me. Hugs truly are. Good, long, warm, 100% legit hugs. Maybe that’s why I love Burning Man so much: endless, amazing hugs from so many strangers. Unencumbered, uninhibited, pure loving hugs.

And the long talk last night really made me feel better about so many things, too.

What lifts your spirits in times of darkness? Drop a comment below.

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Endometriosis & the Appendix: added two studies from July 2019 of women who had various symptoms and discovered during after their surgeries that they had Endometriosis on their appendix.

What Does Endometriosis Pain Feel Like: I added more entries from EndoWarriors describing what Endometriosis feels like to them. Would you like to share yours? Go ahead! There’s an entry form on the blog entry.

Feel Good Fridays

Inviting couch

The end of the week already? And June will be done before we know it?!?

Today’s quote is a simple reminder:

“As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep.” 
― Akiroq Brost

Do not forget to find time during your busy week to do…simply nothing. Rest. Relax. Breathe. Take care of yourself. (Please)

Much love to you! ~Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Back of Lisa's Endometriosis Journey tank top which shows each year of surgery and where endo was found
Back of shirt

As is my customary Friday morning tradition, I found myself back at my favorite bagel place for my breakfast and an almond milk hot chocolate. As I waited for my wares, I noticed a woman waiting in line eyeballing the front of my shirt.

If you haven’t seen the front, it’s a wonderful design, created by a friend, representing my insides after my Endo surgeries. Ha.

Front of tank top showing fun cartoon of uterus, no fallopian tubes, and a resected intestine
Front of shirt

Once she paid for her bagels, she walked right up to me with a big smile.

“I was standing in line reading the back of your shirt,” she said. “So then I had to try to read the front of your shirt to see what it is.”

“Oh?” I prodded.

“You’ve had quite the ride,” she said, with a li’l bit of sadness in her voice.

“It sure has been.”

“I’m familiar with the disease…” she said, leaving it open-ended.

Familiar? Did she have it? Does her daughter??? She looked to be in her sixties. “Are you?” I prodded further. “Do you have it?”

“No,” she smiled, “but I’m an OB nurse.”

We talked for a little while longer while we both waited for our bagel sandwiches and beverages. She seemed surprised at how extensive it could be, how entwined it can get, and how often my surgeries were warranted. I let her know that my pain levels were in a good place since my last one. She placed a warm hand on my shoulder, “I hope it stays that way.” And we said our goodbyes.

Such a wonderful way to start a Friday. And now? On to today’s Feel Good Friday’s quote:

“Finding healthy coping mechanisms are as essential as breathing fresh air

Find what works for you.

Do it with zest and fervor 

Unapologetically” 

― Renee A. Lee

For me, striking up conversations, spreading awareness about Endo, and making connections is a huge part of my coping mechanism and self-administered therapy. That being said, I know it’s not for everyone. What helps you cope? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Endo & Liver Function: added a 2019 study of a 42-year-old woman who complained of right quadrant pain, vomiting, and nausea. Turns out she had the super-rare Endo on the liver!

Feel Good Fridays!

Amethyst Geode by Clint Budd
Amethyst Geode, by Clint Budd

Good morning and happy Friday!

I started mine off my locking my keys in my Jeep. Ha! A great way to start a holiday weekend. 🙂 So, I calmly called AAA and waited for their tow truck driver to swing on by. 15 minutes later (and a lot of frustrated grunting from the driver) and my vehicle was opened and I was reunited with my precious keys.

How’s your day goin’?

Today’s rocky start led me to today’s quote. May it give you a bit of peace and insight, too:

“Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments. Maybe a whole day is just too much to ask. I could choose to believe that in every day, in all things, no matter how dark and ugly, there are shards of beauty if I look for them.” 
― Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

May you have a wonderful weekend, regardless of what’s going on. But if you do need someone to talk to, you know I’m right here for you.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Bladder & Endometriosis: added a May 2019 study of a 40-year-old woman who suffered from two years of right flank pain. After several tests and imaging studies, she was found to have an Endometriosis lesion inside her right ureter.

Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts: added our February 2019 session; Chapter 24! If you’ve been following our saga, you don’t want to miss this!