How My Chronic Illness Led to an Eating Disorder Relapse

To be honest, I don't even know how to begin this post. I'm embarrassed, I'm ashamed, and I'm deeply saddened that I'm writing it at all. That's why I've been so silent on this blog (that, and I'm studying for the GRE). But while I wish that I could pretend that this never happened, I…

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…

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…

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…

What I Eat in a Day with Endometriosis

Even before I had to start paying attention to what I eat for my endometriosis, I've always been obsessed with food. I'm constantly fascinated by new combinations of flavors and always looking for unique new ways to eat my veggies and whole grains. Cooking and baking are two of my favorite pastimes, and I love…

How to Start the Endo Diet on a Budget

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. As always, please consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes! *Author's Note: I usually use the term "people with periods" to talk about patients with endometriosis, in order to be as inclusive as possible. I don't plan to stop doing this. I recognize that…

MRI for Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis: What to Expect

When I first started this blog, I wrote a blog post about my upper endoscopy, which was a big hit with my readers. As a patient, it can be difficult to know what to expect from a procedure you've never had before. Many people turn to hospital websites and clinical YouTube demonstrations for answers, but…

My Favorite Endometriosis Influencers

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Intellifluence, a social platform that matches brands and influencers for paid and unpaid marketing campaigns. A huge thank you to Intellifluence for supporting Endo Strong! Endometriosis is lonely. When I was in high school, one of my best friends had endometriosis -- but I didn't know I also had…

Taking Care of Hormonal Skin

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small portion of any purchases made through my blog. Thank you for supporting Endo Strong! I don't need to tell you that endometriosis is more than period cramps. Months after my diagnosis of suspected endo, I'm still learning all the ways endometriosis has…