Photo of Michelle, founder of the happy pelvisHey there! I’m Michelle.

I’m the author and creator behind The Happy Pelvis. What started as a creative outlet while on disability, has now grown into something that gives great meaning and purpose.

Since starting my blog and Instagram in 2018, I am able to reach and educate thousands of pelvic pain and chronic illness warriors around the world. I truly hope that The Happy Pelvis blog, can inspire and motivate you to learn and love their pelvis  + take control of your health.

When I began to actively advocate for my health, I heard from many other women, just like me, who have gone through years of unexplained pain and have had doctors downplay their symptoms.

So listen up…

Your pain is real. You know your body better than anyone else. You should never let a doctor make you feel like your pain isn’t real. If you know something is wrong and your doctor is failing in their duty to help you, you should seek a second, third, fourth, or however many opinions you need. You will eventually find a doctor that empathizes and see’s your pain for what it is, pain. Not anxiety.

On thehappypelvis.ca and The Happy Pelvis instagram , I share my personal health journey, pelvic health related content as well as honest and relatable posts about living with chronic illness. If it is not backed by a reputable source or something I personally would not use, I won’t put in on the blog.

On a related note, I LOVE seeing all of the great pelvic pain awareness initiatives on social media. It will make my day if you tag @the.happy.pelvis in your instagram photos or stories! I love to share great, informative pelvic health content on Instagram stories.

Most importantly, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit this site, read my ramblings, and maybe even learn a thing or two about chronic pain and illness. It means the world to me and I wouldn’t be here without you.

Feel free to look around and be a part of my journey as I spend my time living a happy, and almost healthy life.

Going Deeper

I’ve had pelvic pain issues most of my life  but things derailed in October 2017. That is when I started to get debilitating “flares” down below. I went through months of testing (a lot of negative or inconclusive results) and doctor visits, which led to many unanswered questions and left me feeling alone and scared about my health and my quality of life.

I had to become my own advocate, so I would spend hours a day researching my symptoms and compiling information in a binder that I could share with my doctors. I also joined many groups on social media to try to find some answers or support which was probably the best thing I could do for myself at the time.  At this point, the most amazing thing happened, I found out that I wasn’t alone. I had found women from Canada and around the world who were dealing with the same or if not very similar issues.

Right away, I felt an automatic sense of community and acceptance within these groups. It felt that my pain was finally validated and understood by someone. And this got me one step closer to me accepting that I was sick and figuring out a way to cope with whatever illness I had.

A few months had past (+ many different doctors later) and I was very lucky to be able to get in to see a great Gynaecologist (Endometriosis Specialist) who listens to his patients and doesn’t dismiss their pain. He knew right then and there that I was dealing with 3 of these conditions:

1. Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

2. Endometriosis

3. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

I wanted to start this blog not only to share my story, but also help you realize that you’re not in this alone. I will post downloads with helpful resources, post articles on pelvic pain disorders, nutrition and recipes (I have personally tried and enjoyed), as well as inspirational posts about living with a chronic illness.

If you’re interested, please feel free to take a look around and if something resonates, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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