Reactivating…

by admin on April 8, 2014

In 3…. 2…. 1….

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Endometriosis awareness month

by admin on March 30, 2013

I’m not sure where March went, but it’s just about behind us now…. taking both the good and the bad that came with it. I’m looking forward to April. It holds a lot of promise and I don’t want to miss a single moment of that.

One thing that I hoped to so more with, that got sidelined by any number of other things going on in March, was Endometriosis Awareness Month. So in these fleeting moments of March, I’d like to provide a small glimpse of what I live with on a daily basis.

I consider myself really very fortunate. It took a long time to figure out at least some piece of the puzzle for my, admittedly odd, personal health profile. A few doctors later, a few tries with various drug treatments later, and with a great deal of support from family and friends, I have what a great number of women with endometriosis do not have: relative stability of the disease. And I’m blessed to have that.

For now, I get to live above the disease. With a relatively low dose of medication each day, I have a way to live with a minimum of symptoms, a minimum of pain, a minimum of drug-related side-effects, and I have a drug plan that pays for all of it. For now, I enjoy this. I know that when I am off of the meds, things are completely different. I also know that it is possible that the treatment might just stop being effective, or may become too much for my system to metabolize, as long-term options can do. These aren’t examples of me fearing the worst. They are just facts. Facts that help me to appreciate what I have right now and enjoy the season while I’m living it. I might be blessed with a very long season. That would be a wonderful but I don’t take that for granted or any kind of right.

I already have it so much better than lots of women. The thing that is important to understand about endo is that it is a remarkably individual disease. While I believe this is true of many diseases and conditions (and not just the ones I live with), endometriosis effects each person quite differently. Some live with immense, constant pain. Some are unable to find a good doctor (or afford a doctor at all). Some find no help from the medications available and need drastic surgery to “cure” the disease. Some have so much damage done that they have no hope of having a child. Some cannot work or keep a job because they are so negatively impacted. Some have no one to care, support, or understand them…. family, significant others, friends, employers….

One of the strange things about endometriosis that I’ve experienced is that it can be difficult to talk about. Unfortunately, I guess it’s part of societal views where women’s health issues are still not always acceptable to discuss. There is no nationally known foundation or society for endometriosis ….. They exist, but mostly nobody has any clue that they do. Or anything about the disease or the challenges that so many women face because of endometriosis. Mostly in silence.

So there. That’s my contribution. Only a slice of my story, but it’s something I wanted to share this March.

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Crossing over… and other stories

March 2, 2013

Geek alert. New monitor purchased today, so now the Mac Mini (aka BigMort) is running dual monitors — with an optional 3rd display if I connect my iPad.  The desk is a mess with wires and components, and especially as I’m trying (still) to get my files organized, consolidated, backed up, etc. as part of […]

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Things that make me tech-happy

February 19, 2013

There are several things making me “tech-happy” right now.  The acquisition of a Mac mini affectionately known as “Big Mort” has a few things to do with that.  The top 5 for today: 5)  While it is noisy, my laptop (aka Mortimer) isn’t dead yet.  I have the luxury of copying a crazy mish-mash of […]

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In case you’re curious what I’m up to

January 28, 2013

Check out http://donnabikes.com which is my newest website.  Right now it is focussing on my journey preparing for The 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer. And no, I haven’t given up on this blog.  Or on the olives.  Stay tuned!

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In our time of need

August 15, 2012

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.  Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) I recently had a conversation with a good friend where matters concerning our faith journey came up.  Both of us are […]

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Missing the Olive of the Day?

January 16, 2012

So am I. :( I think I have to resign myself to the realization that the Olive of the Day might not be the Olive of EVERY Day.  Having made this admission, I might start feeling less guilty and start drawing a few more again this week with a little less pressure on myself.  Oh […]

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Olive of the Day – January 9, 2012

January 10, 2012
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I’d draw an arrow to point him out, but I’m not even sure he’s still in the drawing to be honest.

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Olive(s) of the Day – January 8, 2012

January 8, 2012
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The many emotions of an olive person… part 1.

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Olive of the Day – January 7, 2012

January 7, 2012
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The first part of the day was amazing outside.  So deceptive — it still gets dark like it’s January though.

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