The Loss of Lifetime Love

Tonight we are visiting with a friend who stopped by, out of the blue, to let us know that his wife passed away this morning. It was unexpected. She suffered from chronic pain, but nothing that was considered life threatening, until now.

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It sounds like this condition had been affecting her for quite some time and progressed undiagnosed until it was too late. 😢

I have a very hard time comprehending situations like this one. I can’t imagine the pain that he will feel when the shock wears off.

I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t survive. Continue reading

Suicide Via Social Media

This is a great post with important information and resources for a serious and all too common problem which affects not only women with Endometriosis but also millions of other people who suffer from invisible illnesses and/or undiagnosed, untreated, or under-treated chronic pain.

My Sexy Endo (The E-word)!

Sadly, this has been the most active suicidal time in recent history that I can remember, for women suffering from Endo. Personally, I have taken more than five calls and we have lost as many women that I know of in various communities throughout the Country in the last three months alone. It is alarming and brings to light that not only are these women being under served, the medical community in general, is ill-equipped to handle the situation. After all, there were no training sessions that I can recall, on handling the suicidal person on Facebook. This is where I encountered all of them. Facebook didn’t exist when I was in nursing school or college. It is a powerful tool and can reach the sub groups of the Endo communities within minutes.

Such is the case of this one. This poor gal reached out and within a matter of…

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Terrified

For the past several weeks, my anxiety has been spiraling out of control.  I have suffered from severe anxiety for most of my life; even as a child but back then I didn’t understand what it was, how to describe it, or that it wasn’t “normal.”

It was in my early twenties that I began suffering from debilitating panic attacks, which often landed me in urgent care clinics in fear that I was having a heart attack or worse.

After many doctor visits and a cardiology work-up, it was determined that my heart and lungs were basically healthy with the exception of trace mitral regurgitation (an early/mild form of mitral valve prolapse, where some of the blood that is supposed to pump out of the heart actually goes back in through the “exit”) which often causes sinus tachycardia.  Those things are part of the medical component which predisposed me to anxiety and panic attacks.

When I could not tolerate the beta blockers prescribed by my cardiologist to control my incredibly high heart rate, I started to do some research on my own and discovered some literature about panic disorder.  The symptoms include intense uncontrollable/unexplainable fear, a sense of impending doom, high heart/pulse rate, difficulty breathing, sweating, feeling as if you might faint or in some cases actually fainting, chest pain, hyperventilation, among other various symptoms.

I immediately knew that I had this condition and within a few weeks I was diagnosed with it. Continue reading