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Surviving Back Surgery 101

Surviving Back Surgery 101

If you finally made the call and scheduled any type of lumber back surgery, you know that there’s a long journey ahead. In order to “survive” such a major surgery, I’ve found many tips and tools that are exceedingly helpful. The following tips, tricks, and suggestions below are things that I found helpful during my … Continue reading

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Coming Soon – Website Revamp

Coming Soon – Website Revamp

Greetings all. As you may know, I’ve been noticeably absent from blog writing over the last 2 years. When I started this blog in 2012, the intention was to provide an outlet for anyone overcoming trials and to help see the good that can happen when you triumphantly survive. I wanted to provide a safe … Continue reading

The Back Surgery Monologues

The Back Surgery Monologues

Going through a major back surgery is not for the faint of heart. It requires a strong person that is determined to feel well and conquer recovery. I’d be lying if I said that I have been a saint through this process – there were some very difficult days and moments. I’d spend hours crying … Continue reading

Endo Sister Story – Tori

Endo Sister Story – Tori

Note from Mara: I’ve been asking my fellow Endo sisters to share their stories. The more we talk about the disease, the more we break myths and empower each other. Keep talking! Keep raising awareness! And keep fighting! This is Tori’s story… —- I’m Tori, 27 and married to an amazing and supportive husband. No … Continue reading

Refresh with a 3-Day Cleanse

Refresh with a 3-Day Cleanse

After the holidays, I needed to get my body back on track. Doing a short cleanse is like hitting the refresh button on your body. Our current society might tell you that “juice cleanses” are a hipster thing, but the truth is people have been doing cleanses for hundred of years. After researching some of the … Continue reading

What is Intersticial Cystitis?

What is Intersticial Cystitis?

Those of us with chronic illnesses, like Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia, are also plagued with other diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, I also suffer from a condition called “Interstitial Cystitis” – also known as IC. Interstitial Cystitis is often mistaken for UTI’s but has no presence of infection or bacteria. The typical symptoms of IC are urgency, … Continue reading

Spine Care and Dry Needling

Spine Care and Dry Needling

What the heck is dry needling? You’ve probably heard whispers of it. I’m here to give you the low down and tell you why… it’s NOT so bad after-all. After pregnancy, a c-section, and Endo surgery # 4… my low back was a WRECK and in need of some loving care. My doctor sent me … Continue reading

Pain Relief – Bath Tub Style

Pain Relief – Bath Tub Style

Is there anything more soothing than a hot bath? Especially on rainy or snowy evenings, a warm bath can become a sanctuary. A calming wave. A fresh start. In the hygiene area of stores, you’ll find all kinds of bath soaps filled with chemicals, synthetics, and fragrances – which is awful for anyone with chronic … Continue reading

Using Essential Oil for Pain

Using Essential Oil for Pain

Last year, my sister gave me one of the greatest gifts… a starter kit with essential oils. I used to think it was weird and probably had little affect. I am here to tell you that essential oils are amazing, especially if used in the right combination. For my friends experiencing chronic pain, I have … Continue reading