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Endo Sister Feature: Lisa πŸŽ—

Endo Sister Feature, as promised! πŸŽ—βœŠπŸ˜Ž

Let EndoSucks! sister Lisa explain, in her own words, how endometriosis and chronic pain affects her daily life. Thank you for sharing your story! She is also featured on the Endo Sucks! Instagram.

If you would like to be a featured sister, email endosucks@gmail.com. If you’re looking to talk with other Endo Sucks! sisters, please join us!

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Hi my name is lisa.

I have endometriosis. 

I am also currently not being treated for it. So I suffer alone. Well not alone I have my husband and family and lots of beautiful endo sisters. 

The pain is constant. Tolerable at times..other times I cannot stand straight nor walk well. This disease almost cost me my marriage. With sex it is way to painful..like knives inside me, burning pain. Separated for 9 months, and as we got together to talk, we really talked and realized thay we can do this. We can beat this. Endo doesn’t have to end us. We will not let it. Whether I go weeks getting sick, believing I have endometriosis on the bowels, and the horrible pain days, we keep pushing thru and continue to spread the word..thank you for reading a little about me.

Endo strong here!


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A new graphic for Endometriosis Awareness Month, you gems! πŸ’Ž

Created this in InDesign for our endowarriors and shared on Instagram and Facebook. Please let me know what you think in the comments — including if you have any suggestions! πŸŽ—

Speaking of social media, thank you for contributing to the photo challenge I talked about yesterday! If you have an Instagram and/or Twitter account, please include your handle in your email so you can be tagged in the post! πŸ“Έ

 


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Welcome back to Endo Month – with a photo challenge

Ladies and gents, it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month again! πŸŽ—

Like so many people, Endo Sucks! has been pretty active on instant communication sites — we are on InstagramTwitter and Facebook — but more than lax in the blogosphere. 

So let’s improve that.

This year, if you are interested in being a featured member of Endo Sucks! on the blog and Instagram for endo awareness, send a selfie and a short piece about you and your endo life to endosucks@gmail.com. Let’s see the yellow! πŸŽ—

I’ll be also be posting more crossover content. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there may be an unflattering story involving PMS, potato chips and tears in the near future. Truth is truth, y’all.

Thank you again for following this blog and making Endo Sucks! into a community. Next year is our tenth year and we will really have to celebrate! 

And for this year — onward, Endo Month!


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My personal #DeepBlueChallenge

I’m an Endosister on CD1. And things have been rough — already threw up today, which is not entirely usual for me. Had to move an appointment to tomorrow, and there is so much blood … I’m exhausted. My lucky break today is that my days off had to be broken up this week so all I have to do today is care for my health. 

I also am an essential oil using & loving skeptic — I joined doTerra because I loved their headache oil blend and their PMS oil blend works so well for me, but I’m one of those people who generally has to experience it to believe it. So I can’t think of a better time for my personal Deep Blue Challenge. This is a new supplement with anti-inflammatory ingredients, including frankincense, curcumin from turmeric (which we are all told to use to reduce inflammation!), ginger & more. 

  

Several women in my group have Endometriosis and have been raving about this as a way to reduce their pain. I became a member of doTerra because their products work for me (and hey baby, those wholesale discounts are sexy!), and I will always be honest with you that this is a group in which I’m enrolled. With ingredients like these, I definitely have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I’ll keep you all posted on my results! You can follow my oil adventures on mydoterra.com/oilsbychanel, which has links to my Pinterest and  Twitter as well. I’ll try to keep up on this blog as well.

Will I give up my codeine? Not if I don’t have to, kids! πŸ™…πŸ™…πŸ™… But there’s no reason we can’t combine natural methods with our pain meds! I’ve tried all the chemicals and I can’t say my life is worse for pharmacology. But I will try anything and everything.

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5 things you don’t know about the wage gap

The gap exists, why we mark #EqualPayDay on Tuesday and more to know.

Fortune

Tuesday’s annual Equal Pay Day highlights the fact that women working full-time earned 78 cents for every dollar men took home in 2013–a whopping one cent improvement over the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a long way from the 60 cents on the dollar women collected in 1960, but it’s still shamefully far from equal pay for equal work.

While you probably know the wage gap exits, these five facts about the gender pay gap may come as a surprise.

1. Millennial women think the pay gap is a myth.

More than half of the 10,000 millennial women surveyed by Levo, the New York City-based career platform, said they didn’t feel the wage gap applied to them. That’s both good and bad news. On one hand, it suggests that younger women believe that they’re earning a fair salary. And indeed, women under 35 face a smaller…

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Pro tip: What not to drink for your ultrasound prep

So I chugged this 33.8 fl oz bottle of caffeinated water (my beloved Water Joe) to be ready and “full” for ultrasound. Wait an hour past my appointment. First thing the tech says when I get called back: “Use the bathroom and empty your bladder. The internal pictures were much better last time so I’m just going to do those.”

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All that delightful Water Joe for nothing, on an empty stomach. That’s 120mg of caffeine, equal to two cups of coffee, or two espresso shots. It doesn’t sound *so* bad, but my thumb is shaking as I tap out this post. I can feel my eyes are HUGE, almost pie-eyed, and there’s an odd pressure in my head. Oddly, I do not feel any more awake. In fact, I’ve been yawning through my heart flutters.

I do still have to pee.

DEAR GOD I’VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE

Live and learn … At least the good news today is that my 3.6cm cyst is now 2.5, so no cyst removal for me!

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