Endo Friendly Halloween

How to have fun on and around Halloween despite Endo!

Costumes
If you are going to dress up for any events, make sure your costume is loose fitting around your stomach. Generally dresses or leggings are a good choice. Dresses means you can be a princess, gypsy, or a witch. Leggings and a solid color t-shirt can make you a skittle, M&M, or crayon. If its a red shirt, you can be Winnie the Pooh or Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks. This year I bought a huntress costume that is a tunic style shirt with leggings.

Movie Night
Horror movie marathon anyone? Stay in the comfort of your own home with all the classic Halloween movies! Pull out the apple cider, some caramel apples, popcorn, and maybe a piece or two of candy. Curl up in your most comfortable pajamas and a fuzzy blanket. Hand out candy to trick-or-treaters and lounge the night away.

Trick-or-Treat
If you have plans to Trick-or-Treat despite your Endo, having someone drive around with you may be beneficial. This way should you end up in pain, you can be driven back home to rest and recuperate. Also, you can eliminate a large majority of walking which could aggravate your pain. Another option is to check out a trunk-or-treat. These events tend to be a lot smaller and allow for more sitting and chilling rather than walking.

Farm Visit

If you plan on heading out to the pumpkin patch, find out whether there is a patch near you that gives tractor rides out to the patch and back in. Also, pick a smaller pumpkin so you don’t aggravate your Endo. Take the activities slow and listen to your body. If you are unsure about an activity, it is probably better to be safe rather than sorry. Also, be aware of how greasy the food is that you may be ingesting. It may be better to eat on your way there or way home.

These simple changes may make your Fall and Halloween much more enjoyable and pain-free!

Endo Awareness Month

It’s March y’all!! That means Endometriosis Awareness Month!

March is Endometriosis awareness month! On my Instagram, I am participating in #TheEndoPhotoChallenge2018. I am also going to participate on here by posting the photo challenge each day here! Enjoy!!

Day 1: You

 

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I am an 18 year-old senior! I was diagnosed with Endometriosis through laparoscopic excision at the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta, GA. Within the last month, I’ve been told that I probably have Adeno as well.

Day 2: Endometriosis

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I had excision performed in December of 2012 for Stage I Endometriosis. The pictures above are from that procedure. I have struggled with pain, bloating, and other symptoms from the time I hit puberty. After my first surgery, I did pretty well up until about the last 2 years. They are pretty sure my pain is now coming from Adeno and thus, I am having a partial hysterectomy a week from today.

It’s More Than a Bad Period

How do you know if you have Endo?

** Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional… This is all based on my research and personal experiences**

Even before you hit puberty, some signs and symptoms of Endometriosis may show up. *TMI warning* Growing up, I was never really regular with my bathroom habits. It wasn’t until after my laparoscopy in 2012 that I found out most people use the bathroom daily without constipation or diarrhea. Also, I firmly believe that genetics plays a major role in Endo. I am one of many people in my family to have this awful disease. My mother, cousin, great-aunt, and paternal grandmother all have had surgeries where Endo was discovered.

As you hit puberty, other signs and symptoms may appear. Every woman is different, and your symptoms may not match this list or any list you find.

  1. Major cramping – Advil, Midol, Ibuprofen, etc don’t touch the pain you feel. Some women with Endo take prescription pain pills to help alleviate the pain.
  2. Bloating – I normally wear size 6 jeans. When I am on my period, or bloated due to my period, I can’t wear a size 8. I end up living in sweats and leggings.
  3. Acne – Hormonal acne is common with Endo due to the Estrogen dominance that is associated with Endo.
  4. Sleeplessness – Pain keeps me up at night at times. I take Melatonin to help me sleep when I can’t seem to get comfortable. I also wear a bite guard so I don’t grind my teeth from pain.
  5. Irregular periods – A 28ish day cycle is seen as normal. I am honestly not sure I have ever had a 28 day cycle or anything that is semi regular.
  6. Bleeding – Extremely heavy bleeding that lasts longer than normal. Mine is b=generally 7-9 days and regular tampons may last me about 3 hours.
  7. Infertility – This is common in late stage Endo patients. I really have no personal experience with it as I am too young to begin to go down that road.

Don’t let any doctor tell you that you are too young or that it is all in your head. You know your body better than anyone else. Your pain and your symptoms are valid.

4 Tips for Surviving Bloating and School

The amount of bloating a female with Endo goes through is ridiculous and surviving a school day bloated can be horrific.

All my EndoSisters know exactly what bloating looks and feels like. Some of us have probably been asked if we are pregnant or how far along we are. I always feel like screaming in response “I AM NOT PREGNANT!! I AM 18 YEARS OLD AND STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL! AND ANYWAYS WHO GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO ASK ABOUT MY PERSONAL LIFE?!?!”

So here are my top 4 quick tips for surviving school while bloated.

  1. Comfy pants!! Being comfortable in loose-fitting pants is my #1 tip! I go to a private school with a fairly strict dress code: collared shirt Monday-Thursday, T-shirts are allowed on Fridays. Pants have to be either jeans, khakis, or the girls can wear skirts. After explaining my situation to the principal, I was given approval to wear sweatpants when I am extremely bloated!
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My wonderful bloating survival pants

2. ThermaCare Menstrual relief patches! These can be a little pricey, but on days I go straight from school to my part-time job as a hostess, they are my only hope of survival. You just open the pack and press the sticky part onto your underwear and that’s that.

 

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Freaking next best thing to an actual heating pad

 

3. Diuretics! Midol or any other OTC medicine with a diuretic can be your best friend as long as you are okay with peeing constantly. In order to take a diuretic, you’ve gotta drink lots of water or else you run the risk of dehydration.

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Lots and lots of H2O

 

4. Essential oils! I swear by my essential oils for everything! Peppermint is great for nausea. Lavender is super relaxing and Eucalyptus can be used for anything you would normally use Vick’s Vapor Rub for! Find out what combination works best for you and then let me know!!

Drop a comment with other tips you have! Feel free to share!