Life with Endo

Ep93: The Medical vs Social Model of Disability. Part 1

Updated 10/2023. Like all things in life, there are many perspectives and ways of looking at disability and the social, political, cultural, and economic factors that define it. Two of the main models are the social model and the medical model, which we have a general discussion about today. We will take a deeper dive…

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Ep89: Endometriosis and Disability

Updated 10/2023. We break down the definition of disability under the ADA or the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as mention the WHO criteria. We also discuss dynamic as well as “invisible” or non-apparent disability. This is the first episode in a series we are doing on disability. CONNECT WITH US! INSTAGRAM: @in16yearsofendo WEBSITE…

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Ep87: Interview: Acceptance, DBT, and Endometriosis with Maggie Bowyer. Part 2

Today we continue our chat on DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) with Maggie Bowyer (they/them), by talking about interpersonal skills – what we’ve learned and are each working on. Maggie is also the author of several poetry collections including When I Bleed: Poems about Endometriosis and Ungodly. INSTAGRAM: @maggie.writes TWITTER: maggiebow98 WEBSITE: www.maggiebowyer.com EMAIL: Bowyermag@gmail.com

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Ep85: Addressing Co-Conditions Post Excision – Amy’s 3 Year Update

Updated 4/2023. It’s been 3.5 years since Amy had excision. She talks about what excision helped with and what she is still working on, as well as the lessons she took away post-excision about endo and overall healing. She also shares the advice she would give to her younger self. AMY’S BOOK: Finding Peace with…

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Ep79: Ordinary Courage

Updated 4/2023. With endo and chronic illness, it can feel uncomfortable, vulnerable, or downright scary to ask for help, set boundaries, or do what we need to take care of ourselves in public situations (example: using a standing desk at the office or bringing our own meal to a catered event). We talk about the…

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Ep77: How Having Meaning in Our Lives Helps Our Mental Health

Updated 10/2023. We discuss finding meaning in our lives and the impact that having meaning or not having meaning can have on our mental health. How can we figure out what brings us meaning? How can we find more time for the things that give us joy? AMY’S BOOK: Finding Peace with a Devastating Disease,…

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Ep72: Interview: The Importance of Inclusivity in the Endo Community with Bee Lynn

CW: Removal of the uterus, hysterectomy and what that means for pregnancy and for us as a person, body dysphoria, invasive medical procedures, discrimination, trauma. // We speak with Bee Lynn on the topic of why inclusion and representation are important within the endometriosis community. Bee (they/them) is a patient advocate as well as social…

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Ep63: Endometriosis and Relationships

Updated 9/2023. We talk about how we can have strong relationships, in general and especially as people living with chronic illness. We discuss some keys to relationship success (especially romantic relationships) and what Amy learned from her divorce. We also talk about how we are ALL worthy of love, which is something we want everyone…

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Ep53: You Are Not A Burden

Updated 2/2023. Many of us with chronic illness feel like a burden. We find ourselves apologizing often, feeling guilty when we ask for help, and not setting boundaries/ pushing ourselves in order to overcompensate for having endo and being a ‘burden.’ We talk about why we might feel this way, why we are NOT a…

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Ep49: Practicing Self-Compassion After an Endo Horror Story

Updated 2/2023. Ever had a flare that was so incredibly awful you felt like you were in an actual horror story? Amy tells us about a time when her period unexpectedly came while she was sightseeing on vacation (by herself) and her struggle to make it back to the semi-privacy of the hostel. Afterward, because…

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