My Monthly Favorites | August 2020

When I look back on the month of August, honestly? I feel exhausted just thinking about it. In August 2020, I worked much harder than I had in months, as my business finally began to pick up again following the coronavirus collapse. Admittedly, I neglected my blog a little bit during that time -- but…

What is Endo Belly? | How to Reduce Endometriosis Bloating

Trigger warning: I briefly discuss my history of orthorexia, including restrictive eating and rigorous exercise patterns, in the introduction to this post. If this is a difficult subject for you, feel free to skip the intro and jump straight to the good stuff, starting at the first subheader! My endo belly and I have a…

Where to Buy Cute Stationery on AliExpress

Before I started a side blog dedicated to my book and stationery finds, I made a little post titled "Where to Find Cute Stationery Online." Fast forward and that post is now one of the most popular things I've written on my blog! Since I wrote my original post, I've actually started shopping for most…

Healing From Trauma | What is Complex PTSD?

If you have been reading Endo Strong for a long time, you know that I want to (eventually) attend graduate school for my Master's in Social Work to become a licensed clinical social worker. I have a special interest in working with trauma survivors as a therapist, partly because of my personal experience with complex…

Do I Have Bowel Endometriosis or IBS?

Those of you who have been following Endo Strong since the days when it was called "Lovely & Lazy" will remember that I originally started blogging about IBS, not endometriosis. That's because, like 10 percent of endo patients, I was originally diagnosed with and treated for IBS. The first year of my journey with chronic…

I Don’t Talk to My Dad — Here’s What I Wish People Knew

Author's Note: I normally welcome open dialogue here on Endo Strong, but I have turned off comments for this post. This subject is intensely personal for me and while this post was important for me to write and share, I do not want to open myself up to further trauma at the hands of insensitive…

How to Exercise with Endometriosis

"Try exercising," the doctor tells you for the n-billionth time. You roll your eyes. You've just asked your doctor what more you can do to relieve endometriosis-related pain and stress. Yet again, he's told you to just "exercise," as if lifting weights is a cure for endo. Little does he know (somehow, it's always a…

Getting Started with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (featuring Soul Source!)

Disclaimer: This post represents a paid partnership with the brand Soul Source. Thank you so much to Soul Source for sponsoring Endo Strong! When I first suspected I might have endometriosis, I expected to be told I needed surgery. I had done enough research to know that the only way to definitively diagnose endometriosis is…

Bloated Wardrobe Picks: Loungewear Under $50

If there's anything I love more than a good lounge set, it's good loungewear that won't break the bank. With so many of us staying at home, it's no wonder that the loungewear trend is exploding. But when you're scrolling through Instagram looking at the cutest online boutiques all day long, it's easy to believe…

My Relationship with Alcohol + Why I’m Sober Curious | Reflecting on #DryJuly

I feel it's important to preface this post by saying that for many people, sobriety is much more than a wellness trend. It's a necessary way of life. These people can't choose to resume drinking "in moderation" or to "drink mindfully." Alcohol alters their brain chemistry, making it hard to stop -- and easy to…