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!

Feel Good Fridays

A super rainy week in Southern California, and I just love the weather!!! So, here we are, a Friday – the end of another week. February is halfway over – are you ready for March?

On to today’s quote. Another one chosen at random, and if it was meant for you today – then so be it.

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

This may be easier said than done, but it can be done. And sometimes it is absolutely necessary for your survival. You have to take care of you, first. If you don’t, how can you care for others?

I know today’s Feel Good quote may be a bit of a downer, but I need you to understand that we are worth the effort and the love. And others cannot get passed the past and judge you for it, cut them loose. Surround yourself with those that unconditionally love you. Move on.

I love you guys. And wish you the best weekend possible. ~Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Boy and girl hugging in the rain
Photo by Nicki Varkevisser

Happy Friday!!! It’s the weekend! We made it through yet another week! WOOHOO!

I can’t get enough of today’s quote:

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way.” 
― Steve Maraboli 

Apparently, I’ve used Steve’s quotes several times in the past for Feel Good Fridays!  What can I say? I enjoy what he writes.

I hope you have an incredible weekend and live life to the fullest!

Love, Lisa

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Support Group – added our February 19, 2018, support group meeting

Feel Good Fridays

women posing in a group photo
I miss these gals!

Well, here we are at the end of another week!

Today’s quote goes out to all my friends and loved ones.  Consider it a testament to your incredible You-ness!

“Create an environment that is conducive to your emotional and personal growth. Surround yourself with caring and positive people who support you, and reflect who you want to be.” 
― Steve Maraboli

I consider myself lucky to have you with me.  Have an incredible weekend!

Love, Lisa

Blogs I updated this week:

Bladder & Endometriosis:  added a July 2017 study of 46 women with endometriosis affecting their ureters.

Feel Good Fridays

Rhino soaking in a muddy watering hole

Welcome to another Friday morning!  I hope you’ve had a great week.

Steven Maraboli once wrote,

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

I know sometimes we’d like to wallow.  Just sit there in our suffering and cry…and that’s okay.  But, always remember that we DO have to get up and move on.  And you don’t have to do it alone – ask for help.  Extend a hand to someone you notice may need assistance “getting up.”  Be there for each other.  And, hopefully, find a little bit of happiness.

Over the past week, I’ve updated several past blog entries with new studies.  If you’re interested in giving them another looksy:

Bladder & Endometriosis: added 2 2017 studies

C-sections & Endometriosis: added Jan. 2017 study

Cervical Endometriosis: added Jan. 2017 study

Lungs & Endometriosis: added Dec. 2016 study

I hope you have an incredible week coming up!  And find time to rest.

Yours,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

A park in the fall with leafless trees and shrouded in fog. There's a park bench barely visible through the fog

It’s Friday!  And today’s quote is about moving on.  Steve Maraboli once said,

“Don’t let the agony, regret, or fog of yesterday blind you to the fact that each new day carries with it a plethora of opportunities to move your life into the right direction.”

Bogged down with something?  Try to let it go.  Step out and onward.

Feel Good Friday!

Sneakers in the grass and the words Just Breathe

It’s been a week since my last blog? A week?

Oh man, what a week it’s been…

My weekend was commandeered with an Endo pain flare-up.

My Jeep had a window smashed and a bag stolen.  It will take 2 weeks for a new window to be installed.

Work has been incredibly busy.

I’m studying for a big exam coming up.

Ugh.  And this is the first time I have a moment to even think about the Bloomin’ Uterus blog.  I’ve missed this release.  But, today…today is Feel Good Friday and I couldn’t miss it!

Today’s quote is by Dr. Steve Maraboli, a life coach and motivational speaker:

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”

He’s right.  There’s absolutely nothing I can do about getting the window any faster.  There’s nothing I can do that I haven’t already done about the bag, it’s missing contents, or replacing them.  There’s nothing I can do about the attitudes and habits of bad people who feel the need to violate other people’s things.

I can continue to study for my exam.  And I can get through today.

We’ve made it to another Friday. The end of the week.  The beginning of the weekend.  Take a deep breath. And let it all go.

*whew*

Feel Good Fridays!

We made it through another week! Which means : it’s Friday!

Today’s Feel Good Friday’s quote is by author and life coach, Dr. Steve Maraboli,

“It’s time to care; it’s time to take responsibility; it’s time to lead; it’s time for a change; it’s time to be true to our greatest self; it’s time to stop blaming others.”

There’s been a lot going on this week and this just sums up all of the drama. People need to step up, take responsibility, and lead.

May you have a wonderful weekend!

Yours, Lisa