How are you all doing? I hope you aren’t being affected by endometriosis too much and enjoying your summers!
Sorry I have not written on here for so long, my summer has been jammed packed and busier than I expected. During this summer, I have been working full-time, camping, been on holiday to Portugal and sometimes spending time with friends and family, my cat and my boyfriend. I haven’t had much time to relax and unwind from my tricky year at university unfortunately!
Before this summer started though, once I knew I had been successful in getting a job, I anticipated it being a busy summer so one of the first things I did was,pray. I prayed that God would get me through my working days and that I would feel able to do physical work like I used to be able to do. Throughout the time I have worked over the summer, I have only had 2 days off with my endometriosis which I am very thankful and blessed about. Although, even those 2 days I had off, made me feel like a failure. However, it gave me strength to realise that this is a condition and although it’s invisible it does exist and yes, it is okay to stop and rest when you aren’t well with it. It is a valid reason! If the employer doesn’t like it then it’s tough, your health comes before anything.
Throughout the summer also, on and off, I have been camping. Being a Christian, I camped at Creation Fest and Big Church Day Out. Unfortunately, both times that I went, I had bad flare ups of endometriosis and had to sleep quite a bit but I was determined not to let it ruin my experience. An unforgettable thing happened to me at Church Day out, I went to go and fill my hot water bottle up in the team tent and the lady was asking me “Are you going back to bed?”…. I didn’t know how to answer her and just responded saying, “Yes I am”. I think she thought I was a bit nuts,but that day and at that persist moment, I couldn’t care less. The pain was stabbing and I felt like all my insides were being eaten by a shark. Some people obviously think that hot water bottles are just to go to bed with, but not with endometriosis, mine goes everywhere with me pretty much!
Also an unforgettable experience was Portugal, I had hardly any sleep due to my parents snoring louder than flying pigs do! Therefore, I had ordinary tiredness plus the fatigue which I always get from endometriosis. Then one day I went to a water park and I got back, had a load of pain and all this spotting but it didn’t progress into anything more until we were home fortunately!
A bible verse which has really helped me to get through this busy hectic summer is,
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
When I have had a challenging day at work and I have felt unable to keep going because of my endometriosis, I have applied this and it has kept me going. In a couple of weeks, I head back to university for my final year and to do a dissertation, I am going to try and apply this verse again. So blessed for the peacefulness in amongst the chaos and hectic summer. Hope you have all been blessed by something this summer and not letting your endometriosis take over. I am constantly trying to be in control of it so it doesn’t stop me from doing what I want and being who I really am!
Anyway that’s it from me for now, keep in touch and take care,
P.s. Attached is a picture of one of my favourite places in Cornwall named ‘St Ives’, I love relaxing days out there!