I have lived with chronic pelvic pain most of my life but had my symptoms dismissed and misdiagnosed for over 15 years. Since 2018 I have been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis/BPS, Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Tarlov Cysts, Fibromyalgia and Lupus (SLE).
I hope that what I share on my blog will help others advocate for themselves, better navigate the healthcare system and find the care and treatment they deserve.
I write as a hobby, to spread awareness and shine light on pelvic pain and my struggles living with chronic illness. What started as a coping strategy, has now turned into something that gives me great meaning and purpose.
I advocate to help ensure a better future for all and to assist pelvic pain patients and their families in coping with their chronic pain and emotional stress.
I create to put something good into the world. Since becoming chronically ill and unable to work as a designer, it gives me back a sense of purpose and achievement.
What The Community Is Saying
The Happy Pelvis is encouraging, full of helpful resources and directories and accurately covers all the basics of pelvic pain with sensitivity and commonsense. It’s the best patient run site I’ve found where everything is in one place and the information is written really clearly and accurately. It’s the pelvic pain website I’ve been looking for, I send it to everyone who contacts me about pelvic pain and doesn’t know where to start or where to go next.
Helping others has enabled Michelle to find purpose in her pain and I have no doubt that she will continue to offer hope and education to so many through The Happy Pelvis.
Martina Skrela, PT + Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
If you are interested in my health journey or how to make the best out of life when living with chronic pelvic pain, take a look at the latest blog posts below.
Do you have pain with intimacy? Debilitating periods? Chronic urinary tract infections? You're not alone!
Join pelvic health advocate Michelle M., as she interviews others in the community struggling with their pelvic health, as well as experts and practitioners who want to bridge the gaps in pelvic healthcare accessibility and bring awareness to the hurdles individuals face as a result of chronic pelvic pain.
Each episode contains powerful information to help you navigate and educate yourself to empower you to advocate for the care you deserve.
003: Dr. Dean Tripp talks mental health and IC/Bladder Pain Syndrome
byThe Happy Pelvis
On this episode, Michelle and Dr. Dean Tripp discuss mental health and biopsychosocial model with chronic pain related to IC/Bladder Pain Syndrome.
Dr. Tripp completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. He joined the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University shortly afterward and has been cross appointed with the Departments of Anesthesiology and Urology. He teaches courses in Health Psychology, Interpersonal Therapy, and Pain.
Dr. Tripp has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers and chapters examining community chronic pain experience and depression as well as a focus on Chronic Prostatitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis. His research and clinical interests have always focused on health, stress and interpersonal adjustment.
Michelle's hope is that you take some valuable information from this episode and apply it in one way or another to improve your quality of life while living with persistent pelvic pain.
Please Note: There is talk about suicide in this episode, which I know can be distressing. If you need resources or support go to talksuicide.ca or for 24 hour free counselling in Canada, the number is 1.833.456.4566
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