Feel Good Fridays

Photo of a piano player at Burning Man
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.

Feel Good Fridays!

pink lotus blossom

Friday! Another week has passed us by!

The concept of today’s quote is something I hold near and dear.  Years ago when I was a child, my mental health counselor had me draw something. Anything.  So I drew a beautiful rose sprouting out of a pile of poop, with flies and stinky squiggles.

She told me that I was that rose.  I had gone through foul, horrible, unspeakable beginnings which helped shape me into who I was: a beautiful, strong, smart, and worthy teenage girl.  I’ve held onto that moment ever since.  It’s helped me cope with my childhood sexual abuse and many things over the years.  So stumbling upon today’s quote pleased me:

“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.
Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty. Be that lotus flower always. Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings destroy your confidence, affect your growth, or make you question your self-worth.” 
― Suzy Kassem

Remember, shit may happen, but allow it to feed you, strengthen you, enable you.  Grow into that beautiful blossom.

And have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I’ve updated this week:

Endometriosis on Your Skin – added an August 2017 study of a woman with a bleeding lump in her belly button.

Natural Products I’ve Fallen in Love With – added another natural deodorant.  This one doesn’t use baking soda, which I unfortunately learned is too much for my sensitive underarms.