General Life

Hurricane Approaches: Captain’s Log

Captain’s Log, Stardate 9.10.2017, Day 1 Hour 1 When will the governor announce marshal law? A hurricane of this magnitude seems to necessitate it. Our leader has already attempted to commit a felony in the name of survival. Luckily, my first officer and I were able to persuade him out of it, for the time […]

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Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

Endometriosis is Chronically Screwing with My Marriage

Having endometriosis or any chronic illness presents a lot of interesting challenges to any relationship, but now that I am married I feel the pressure ten-fold! Since the first moments my husband and I started dating, he knew that our relationship would be a challenge. There was one outing that I think will forever define how our relationship is different than others – the Kennywood trip.

Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

Clearing Out My Closet for a Fresh Start

The best part of this year is going to be starting it with the surgery I have desperately been awaiting since the start of my pain relapse in November. My doctor’s office finally called on Friday, December 30, and informed me that I will be having my pre-op appointment on January 17, and surgery on January 19, 2017. I could not have been excited – you would have thought I was told I’d won the lottery!

Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

This Too Shall Pass

Yesterday was not a good day for my pain. I had to leave work early and was lucky to make it home to my husband’s comfort. I got into bed and snuggled up with my heating pad. Unfortunately, as soon as I was starting to feel normal again and went to dinner with the husband – a migraine decided to creep up on me. As soon as we got home, I quickly folded a load of clothes, then texted the husband that I was going to lay down until my headache cleared.

Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

Seek Blessings in the Ordinary

The holiday season means different things for different people. For me, Thanksgiving is about family. No matter where I am in my life, I always want to be surrounded by my family. It is true that my perspective of “family” has changed over the course of the last few years, mostly out of necessity due to my distance from my blood family. Yet, when the opportunity to spend actual Thanksgiving with my family came up this year, for the first time in nearly six years, I moved heaven and earth to make sure it happened!

Chronic Illness & Endometriosis Health

Family Just Doesn’t Understand

So little is known about endometriosis in mainstream, though, so how can I blame my family, friends, or co-workers for not understanding this disease? Maybe it is up to me to spread the word in my community about this illness to increase support for research. Doctors do not even know if it is hereditary! How is it possible that the ONLY way to diagnosis endometriosis definitively is through laparoscopy? Yes, it does make it easier to be able to do an excision surgery at the same time once located, but man, there has to be a less invasive way to diagnosis.