Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Endometriosis and why you should monitor your young female family members

I am unfortunate enough to be blighted with alittle thing called Endometriosis. Its a nightmare of a ''little'' thing and most GP's don't have the first clue about it or even how to diagnose it, thus my problem enters. I am going to quote some things from wikipedia as it is better written than I could ever do.

What it is: Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity. The uterine cavity is lined with endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. Endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle.

They say symptoms often worsen during your period, but it does not mention that you can have symptoms every single day of your life - if you are unlucky like me, then you live with pain and discomfort every single day of your existence with 3 or 4 days a month being so bad that you cant even stand up. It does not happen every month for me but this month it has.

Here is the wiki entry on the pain:
A major symptom of endometriosis is recurring pelvic pain. The pain can range from mild to severe cramping that occurs on both sides of the pelvis, in the lower back and rectal area, and even down the legs. The amount of pain a woman feels correlates poorly with the extent or stage (1 through 4) of endometriosis, with some women having little or no pain despite having extensive endometriosis or endometriosis with scarring, while other women may have severe pain even though they have only a few small areas of endometriosis. Symptoms of endometriosis-related pain may include:
  • dysmenorrhea – painful, sometimes disabling cramps during menses; pain may get worse over time (progressive pain), also lower back pains linked to the pelvis
  • chronic pelvic pain – typically accompanied by lower back pain or abdominal pain
  • dyspareunia – painful sex
  • dysuria – urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding
Throbbing, gnawing, and dragging pain to the legs are reported more commonly by women with endometriosis. Compared with women with superficial endometriosis, those with deep disease appear to be more likely to report shooting rectal pain and a sense of their insides being pulled down.

If you want to imagine it yourself, in my case I have mild period pains every single day of my life. My fellah thinks I am some kind of superwoman for being able to go on and work through it. But for 3 or 4 days a month I want to kill myself. My legs go numb at the thighs it hurts so much, and the blood well, that is the disgusting part, a lady I know once described it as chunks of liver, I don't have a better description than that. This sort of intense pain is not a regular monthly thing for me any more but when I am too stressed or run down then it hits like a tonne of bricks.

When I hit puberty I knew there was something wrong, right from the first day. I told my mum and she said that doesn't sound right lets go to the doctor. The doctor said I was over reacting and it was perfectly normal. I spent 7 years believing that not being able to get out of bed was ''normal''. As you can imagine it effected everything, my school work, my college work my jobs and career. I eventually went to a doctor with pelvic pain that was constant, always there and it was getting worse. Luckily for me it was a new doctor, a lady doctor who wanted to specialize in gynaecology. She knew instantly what it was from my description. 20 week's later I had an operation where they cut it all out and sucked it all away. For a few years I had no pain, it was wonderful! But that is not a cure, and it is back, steadily getting worse.

I implore you to watch your young female family members, the sooner it can be diagnosed the better it can be managed so they will never have to go through the pain I do and never be told its so bad you will never have children because your womb is so scarred and damaged.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Rotating box for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone, what a weird weekend it has been for me! Been rushed off my feet but have actually achieved didly squat! Today IndigoBlu were on Create and Craft again and one of my samples was displayed, I enjoyed it so much I decided to make a video of it in action before I handed it over to Kay.





Thanks for visiting 
Clare

Friday, 12 April 2013

New blog post over at Indigoblu

HI everyone, just posted a small tutorial over at Indigoblu how to make this fab card.


So pop on over and leave me a comment!

Thanks for Visiting

Clare

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Its Wednesday again!

Holy cow its Wednesday again!!!! On my desk today we have a load of flowers in the process of being cut out for a huge mixed media project I am doing for IndigoBlu that I will show after its been on the telly on Sunday.



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Monday, 8 April 2013

Summerlong An on-line art journalling retreat now open for registration

Hi everyone

I am so very pleased to announce that I will be taking part in Rhomany's brand spanking new on-line class Summerlong as a guest designer!!!!




I am so excited! Here is the promo for it. Click on either Rhomany's name or the Summerlong words above to find out more and sign up! This is going to be a fabulous summer long adventure!



Hope you join us, its going to be fabulous!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 97

Wow I am on a roll! entering loads of fabulous clean and simple challenges this weekend. I love the look of clean and simple cards and the fact that they can be deceptively difficult to get the right look, one too many embellies and its no longer clean or simple. I am entering this card into the CAS-ual Fridays challenge 97.


First i took a pre made Kraft card base from papermania, gilded in green metal flake the background, then added the flower stamped and fussy cut out twice. I decided to add in some leaves, stamped and fussy cut again as the flower looked abit sparse on its own. It is all stuck together with 3d glue so you get the pretty shadow in the sunlight. Stamps and gilding flake all from IndigoBlu.




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Clare

Friday, 5 April 2013

CASE Challenge 135

Really loving this weeks CASE challenge, especially the one created by Jean Martin. Here is my effort! It looks like it is going to snow so my white is not very white on my photography.


First I folded a piece of black card in half, masked off a 5mm border around the edge and stamped and gilded the flourish. Next I cut the white card to size and stamped and masked the flower and leaves, fussy cutting around them. I added the thank you sentiment and then put it all together with 2mm foam squares. The flower and leaves are stamped using victorian velvet and crushed olive distress ink. The stamp and gilding flake are both from IndigoBlu.


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Clare

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Wow its Wednesday again!

Time is just rushing by for me these past few weeks, I have been so busy that I don't know where the ends begin or end for that matter!

It isn't on my desk today it is on my wall. I enjoyed making my image transfer cog last week so much that I made it bigger and turned it into a clock. Here it is on my wall



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