I made a decision the week before last.  In the midst of an Endometriosis flare-up, I decided that I was going to push through and force myself to go to work and complete my normal daily activities, NO MATTER WHAT.  Well, as long as it was physically possible anyway.  I have had many flare-ups that render me completely, 100% incapacitated and during those I would not have been able to simply “will my way through it.”  This one however, I could and so I did.

Did I succeed?  Yes.

Did I feel good about myself?  Yes.

Was it a good idea?  In hindsight, no.

Do I regret it?  Yes and no.

Will I do it again?  I’m not sure yet. Continue reading

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Endo Fact Finale – Days #26 – #31

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Thank you all for participating, reading, sharing, educating, learning, and helping to raise awareness during Endometriosis Awareness Month.  I think it has been a huge success.  We have reached a lot of people, gained followers, made new contacts, discovered new blogs, and met some friends along the way.

I hope that all of my Endo Sisters will continue to raise awareness, not only during the month of March, but throughout the entire year as we continue to fight for better prevention and a cure for Endometriosis.

❤ Wishing you all a pain free day ❤

I pushed myself today and it shows.  I have been stuck in a strange and unusually lengthy pain flare-up for well over a week now.  I missed some work last week but tried very, very hard to work as much as I could.  In doing so, my energy levels are depleted along with my endurance and ability to cope with the inevitable pain and fatigue.

Today was a tough day.  I collapsed in bed minutes after walking through the door upon arriving home from work yesterday.  I slept straight through the night until around 11:00 am this morning.  Not even 15 hours of sleep can eliminate my fatigue.  Ever.

We attended a memorial service for a good friend today.  It was sad but it was more of a celebration of his life and in that it was also lovely.  Afterwards we joined friends and family at a restaurant for food, drinks, and good company.  Going out is such a rarity for us, due to my hubby and I both struggling with constant pain, along with my crushing fatigue, and of course, financial constraints.  We had a great time but I was eventually reminded by my body that I was pushing myself too far.  My hubby was too.

First of all, I wore clothing that was much less comfortable than usual, complete with high-heeled shoes, which I almost NEVER wear.  I also wore normal dress pants, instead of the loose fitting yoga pants that I normally wear.  After a few hours of standing, walking around, and socializing, my abdominal pain took hold and we had to leave.

Since then, I have been on the couch with my heating pad and a bad case of swollen endo belly, complete with seemingly endless GI symptoms which have prevented me from going to sleep.  I tried once but that quickly ended about 10 trips to the bathroom ago.

I don’t regret any of it though.  We had a nice time and most importantly, we were able to support a friend, while paying respects to another.

💖 RIP Orlis 💖

Thank goodness tomorrow is Sunday so I don’t have to work because it may very well be day light before I can get some sleep.

Endo Fact of the Day – Day #13

I am one of the unlucky Endo Sisters who have been diagnosed with IBS.  The first time I was diagnosed with it was many years prior to my Endometriosis diagnosis.  IBS is often a misdiagnosis in women with Endo because both conditions present very similar symptoms.  However, I suppose it is possible for a person to have both Endometriosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Continue reading

What “I LOVE YOU” Truly Means

Invisible Illness and chronic pain have taught me many important lessons. The most valuable is how to cherish, give, and accept true, unconditional love. 💜💙💖

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“I LOVE YOU” means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I don’t wish to change you into someone else. It means that I do not expect perfection from you, just as you don’t expect it from me. ‘I Love You’ means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you when you are in a bad mood or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you are down, not just when you’re fun to be with.

‘I LOVE YOU’ means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return only that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough not to let you go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and…

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Endo Fact of the Day – Day #5

For more information about this topic, click here to view a publication by The Lancet Oncology.

This is a little scary to me, as I have already been diagnosed with Endosalpingiosis in addition to Endometriosis. Until reading this publication, I had no idea Endosalpingiosis was in any way associated with ovarian cancer.