My Letter to Endometriosis

My Letter to Endometriosis

*This post was first posted on MyEndoTeam and is shared on WordsByMara with permission. —- Dear Endometriosis, We’ve known each other for quite some time now. You were quite tricky to nail down, but it’s been a “pleasure” learning more about you. It feels like just yesterday that we were acquainted after my first surgery in … Continue reading

Random Confessions of a New Parent

Random Confessions of a New Parent

Here is a true confession. I used to judge parents before I became one. Fact. I used to say stuff like, “Oh I’ll never do this” or “I can’t believe parents do that”. Honestly, you need to find what works for you and your children. That is the most important factor. So forget what your … Continue reading

What to Expect Pre and Post Endo Surgery

What to Expect Pre and Post Endo Surgery

Laparoscopic Excision Surgery and Endometriosis go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. But it should really come with an instruction manual. This post is your guide to pre and post surgery expectations. So… what CAN you expect? Pre Surgery Anxiety is normal. If this is your first surgery or your fifth, there is always a little bit of … Continue reading

What You Should Know About Endo Sufferers

What You Should Know About Endo Sufferers

This month is Endometriosis Awareness month. We are breaking our silence and standing up against a frustrating, misunderstood disease. As a loved one or sufferer of the disease, there are things you need to know. 8 Things You Should Know About Endo Sufferers One day is not like the other. We might feel great one … Continue reading

Endo Awareness Month – March 2016

Endo Awareness Month – March 2016

It’s March again… which means it’s Endometriosis Awareness month. Endometriosis (Endo) is a reproductive disease that effects 1 in 10 women and about 176 million women worldwide. Endo is defined as “displaced” endometrial tissue that usually grows inside the uterus. It often surfaces in the abdomen or pelvis by attaching to organs and muscles. Consequently, this can … Continue reading

There is No Magic Secret to Weight Loss

There is No Magic Secret to Weight Loss

The sheer idea of losing weight can seem daunting and defeating. You’ve tried and tried again, but nothing seems to work. Or maybe just the idea of exercise makes you tired. Am I right? As a mom, a person with chronic pain, and a full-time employee… it can be very difficult to exercise or cook healthy. I … Continue reading

Crock Pot Recipes – Pork and Squash Stew

Crock Pot Recipes – Pork and Squash Stew

The Polar Vortex has returned to Wisconsin in the early months of 2016. Due to my chronic pain, it is best that I stay inside until the temperatures rise to double-digits again. When the temperatures plunge, I find it only appropriate to have a hearty, thick stew to feed my family. Last weekend, I came up with … Continue reading