SLOWLY BUT SURELY

Hello!

So it has been a little while, but I’m back, if not only just for now. 😉

I’ve had the nerve block for my chronic pelvic pain (see my previous posts about the root causes of my pain) and it seems to be working. Yay! 😀 I don’t have nearly as much of that awful, heavy, bowling ball in my pelvis, it-hurts-to-walk feeling, which is such a relief. Honestly, that’s been the worst part for me lately. Whenever I’d feel that way (which was 99% of the time or more) my mood would instantly be affected (grumpy, mainly) because it was just so utterly uncomfortable.  Continue reading “SLOWLY BUT SURELY”

NEW STUDY ON ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis is exhausting. I’ve read things here and there that compare the fatigue from this disease to the fatigue that happens with cancer… I mention cancer in relation to endo because of some recent (May 2017) scientific studies done on endo.

Below are some links to the studies. If you have endo, I’d recommend reading them – they’re very interesting!  Continue reading “NEW STUDY ON ENDOMETRIOSIS”

TESTS GALORE!

A little update on my health, for those interested in the chronic illness part of my blog.

I’ve been going to doctor appointments like a mad woman lately. It started with a new doctor who then referred me to several other doctors, who referred me to other doctors… I’m not complaining because the first doctor took my problems seriously and I actually feel like I’m on a better path to figuring this whole mess out. Continue reading “TESTS GALORE!”

15 THINGS I’VE LEARNED THROUGH THE DIAGNOSIS PROCESS OF A CHRONIC ILLNESS

I learned the hard way how to maneuver the medical world when searching so fervently for a real answer to my ever-lasting pain. See my posts about Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.

I made a bunch of mistakes, chose the wrong doctors, asked the wrong questions, didn’t ask enough questions, didn’t know much of anything.

I’m still learning, but I feel a bit more confident in my ability to handle appointments, and I now know when to get up and leave when a doctor is mistreating you – and to know that’s okay, and that it’s not always rude. (I’ve yet to do this, but I wanted to in some instances.) Continue reading “15 THINGS I’VE LEARNED THROUGH THE DIAGNOSIS PROCESS OF A CHRONIC ILLNESS”

YOU CAN’T BANDAGE MY PAIN

The room cold and sterile, you tell me the options I have for treatment.

One thing I’m scared of, and another, terrified. Continue reading “YOU CAN’T BANDAGE MY PAIN”

THE COMMON BOND THAT WRITERS SHARE: MISERY

I’ve been writing a lot of negative posts lately, so, I guess here’s another one. I wrote this a little bit ago, just tweaked it now to get a post out today.

Emily Dickinson. Edgar Allan Poe. Sylvia Plath. Mark Twain. Helen Keller. Stephen King. Anne Rice.

The names above are just some of the famous authors who struggled with illnesses.

I love to read. However, I haven’t embarked on many of the classics yet. I’ve watched some of the movie-versions of the books I haven’t read yet, though.

Sometimes even reading is too demanding of a hobby when I’m feeling bad (“bad”… ha). I think it would help if I could. Depression makes you lose motivation even for the hobbies you do still enjoy and can manage to do. I want to learn to push through that and be productive.

So, why do so many successful writers deal with, or have dealt with, health issues? Specifically, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses (as well as physical issues, of course. In my journey with physical pain, I can see why physical issues can lead to depression).

Is writing a therapy, or is it just that the nature of people struggling with these issues seem to lean toward writing? Is it both? Is it a coincidence? Continue reading “THE COMMON BOND THAT WRITERS SHARE: MISERY”

MARCH IS ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH – WHAT IT IS, AND WHY AWARENESS MATTERS

Well, it’s (late) March, and that means it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month! Not much to be excited about, sorry – except for bringing awareness to such a terrible disease. I was officially diagnosed last year, and that diagnosis took approximately five years to finally hear. That said, I think it’s important to talk about this under-reported disease.

This is a long read with some gory details, but that’s naturally part of the disease. I understand if you’re not comfortable reading about it, I get that way, too. I’m not one who’d feel comfortable spreading awareness about this in person, so a post is a much easier way for me to talk about it.

**I am not a doctor, so please don’t rely on this information completely – I’ve Googled as best as I can, plus added my own experience, so things may not be perfect! Continue reading “MARCH IS ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH – WHAT IT IS, AND WHY AWARENESS MATTERS”