Feel Good Fridays

Screenshot of Facebook memories from October 18, 2010: is grateful for the strength of friends

Good morning! And I hope it is a good morning for you. Well, it’s Friday! Another week has fled. Time flies far too fast. October is more than halfway over.

Today’s quote is brought to you by Facebook Memories and is pictured above.

Nine years ago, I was going through a very rough time. The exact details? Oh, I don’t recall, but it was likely heartache-related. The posts around that same time were filled with self-doubt and judgment. And even today, I am still oh so grateful for the strength of friends. Sometimes you just can’t go it alone.

But whatever you are going through, you aren’t alone. Friends, loved ones, family, and extended family: we are all here for you. Whatever your need may be.

Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend! And, remember, if you ever need me I’m right here for you.

Feel Good Fridays

Sign that reads "Keep Going"

The last Friday of September. Already. Do you have any fun plans for October??

Today’s quote is inspired by one of my local EndoWarriors, Heidi. She’s had a rough past few months, but has taken charge and is advocating for answers, has pushed for multiple doctor’s appointments with numerous specialists, and is literally charging through the muck that’s trying to hold her down.

It’s not all been strength and positivity (how can it be??), but yet she continues to embrace those around her, ask for help, and push on.

She’s a god-damn inspiration.

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” ~Unknown

I’m so proud of her, and grateful to have her in my life.

May we all be inspired to continue to smash forward, crush those doubts and fears, and realize we’re not alone in whatever we may be going through.

Have a wonderful weekend. Much love, Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays!

The "Worlds Largest Rose Bush" in Tombstone, AZ
Worlds Largest Rose Bush taken by “A Rancid Amoeba”

Happy Friday!

I am continuously amazed at the strength of those I know: friends who have been through so much pain and trauma, yet continue to find the positive. Find the strength to move on. Have the stamina to embrace and help those in need.

Today’s quote is for you strong ones. You broken ones who continue to lift your head up and continue life, one step at a time.

“The sun shall always rise upon a new day and there shall always be a rose garden within me. Yes, there is a part of me that is broken, but my broken soil gives way to my wild roses.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

In Tombstone, Arizona there is the “world’s largest rose tree.” It was planted back in 1885. And it’s something I grew up visiting often. A gigantic mass of twisted, thorny, beautiful roses. HUGE. It blooms wildly for a few short weeks in the spring, before the desert heat takes over. May we be a conglomeration of rose bushes together, deeply rooted within one another, holding each other up when needed. May we be a continuous reminder of our strength, beauty, and worth; even during the hot summer months of our lives.

Have a beautiful weekend.

And if you ever do make it to Tombstone to visit this beauty, stay at the Larian Motel! Say hi to the gal behind the front desk for me. ❤

Love you, Lisa.

Scrolling roses image

Feel Good Fridays

Bristlecone Pine tree
An ancient bristlecone pine; From a trip with friends Sept. 2018

Another Friday is upon us and the first week of February has come to a close.

For today’s quote, I opened up the book of “Quotationary” that my Mum bought me and selected a random quote on a random page. May I present to you (Page 207, first column, second quote):

No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. ~Seneca the Younger


Of all the random quotes in this 961-page book, my finger landed on this one. And I love it. Not only because I feel it a personal testament … but I also find it a testament of all of you strong Sisters and Warriors. We’ve become stronger by our adversity, our illness, our community. We aren’t a lone battle-scarred tree perched on some forlorn hilltop. No! We are a mighty forest, a tended orchard, a protective thicket, and an oasis in the desert.

Think of the aged and gnarled and resilient bristlecone pines that stand for thousands of years. When we visited the park in California in late 2018, I cannot begin to describe the ferocity of the winds that assailed the top of the mountain…yet the pines stood tall and proud.

We are great in number and greater in spirit. And we are made so by each other and those who support us and hold our hands during the rough times.

You are not alone, my beautiful strong-rooted Ones. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Bladder & Endometriosis – added a 2019 study of a woman who developed ureteral endometriosis which blocked the flow of urine from her kidney

Endometriosis: Finding the Silver Lining – added Brandy and Amanda’s thoughts on how Endometriosis has positively affected their lives.

Endometriosis & Leg Pain/Sciatica – added a Nov. 2018 study about Endometriosis-induced sciatica

Endometriosis & the Appendix – added a Jan. 2019 study, as well as my Nov. 2018 surgery and personal experience with appendix-endo.

Endometriosis & the Bowel – added a 2019 study of a woman with a bowel obstruction and cecum mass which led to an emergency surgery; turns out: it was Endometriosis.

Endometriosis on your Skin – added a 2019 abstract of a woman who developed a skin-colored nodule that ended up being Endometriosis.

My Fourth Endo Excision Surgery – I received an update on my surgery billing. My insurance covered the hospital and anesthesiologist bills and paid my copay. I’m still waiting for the insurance to approve my pathologist’s bill, as well as waiting for my colo-rectal surgeon’s bill to arrive.

Orlissa: AbbVie’s New Drug to Manage Endometriosis Symptoms – added a 2019 abstract of the Phase 3 Clinical Trial outcomes.

Reader’s Choice: Can Men Get Endometriosis – added a 2019 study of a 54-year-old man who developed Endometriosis at the base of his bladder.

Feel Good Fridays

Group photo of 5 women in front of a cabin
Brandy, Lisa, myself, Jessica, and Heidi. Sisters! ❤

So, it’s Friday. Again. Already.

Last Saturday, a few of us EndoSisters gathered from around Southern California and met up at a cabin on Palomar Mountain.  It has been months in the making.  And it was just an overnight getaway.  And it was wonderful. Lovely. We laughed. We cried.  We ate. We drank. We played cards. We bared our souls.  We bonded more than we already had.

It

Was

Epic!

Such an incredible group of strong women, all courteous to one another, all thoughtful, all compassionate and truly family.  And it hit me as I dropped off Heidi at her house and headed to my tattoo appointment:

I grew up with two older brothers.  My sister passed away shortly after birth, so I’ve never had one.  Rosie is the closest thing to a sister I’ve ever had…I used to mourn the fact that I didn’t have a sister.  And I realized driving away…that I now have millions.

I love you gals. So much.

Thank you Brandy, Heidi, and Lisa for the photographs! And thank you Jessica for opening up your cabin.   I cannot wait to do this again!  You’re family, you’re my strength, and you’re my hope.  And I know that we will always be there for one another.  I love you all.

And if you’d like to stay at a cabin getaway on Palomar Mountain, the cabin is an AirBNB.  We loved every nook and cranny.

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Can Men Get Endometriosis?  – added a Sept. 2018 study of two men who developed testicular masses that turned out to be Endometriosis.

Feel Good Fridays

EndoWarrior at 2018 Endo Awareness Walk in yellow cape, yellow mask, superhero leggings, and a Bloomin' Uterus t-shirt

Friday! Already?!?  Where does the time go?

Since so many of you Readers are EndoSisters, and you are the strongest women I’ve ever met, this one is for you:

“After you have suffered great losses and known much pain, it is not cowardice to wish to live henceforth with a minimum of suffering. And one form of heroism, about which few if any films will be made, is having the courage to live without bitterness when bitterness is justified, having the strength to persevere even when perseverance seems unlikely to be rewarded, having the resolution to find profound meaning in life when it seems the most meaningless” 
― Dean KoontzThe City

You are my heroines.  We are Mighty.  And we are all in this together.

May we persevere.

Love you, Lisa.

Blogs I updated this week:

Endometriosis and the Psoas Major Muscle – added a May 2018 study (Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology) of a 28-year-old woman and her symptoms

Feel Good Fridays!

A storm in the mountains
Storm in the Mountains by AlbertBierstadt

Sorry I’ve been unable to blog lately.  I simply haven’t had the time or energy.  BUT, it’s Friday. And I’ll always try to make time for Feel Good Fridays!  Today’s quote is a doozy and it hit me right in the Feels:

“The storm is out there and every one of us must eventually face the storm. When the storm comes, pray that it will shake you to your roots and break you wide-open. Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don’t run from your pain — run into your pain. Let life’s storm shatter you.” 
― Bryant McGillSimple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

For any of us facing troublesome times, or scary times, or uncertain moments, or trials and tribulations, or even just a moment of sadness…this one is for you.  And I.  May we hold firm, weather the storm, and pass through it.

Have a wonderful weekend.  And I wish you strength and peace.  Love, Lisa