I’m Michelle, the face behind The Happy Pelvis. What started as a creative outlet while on disability, has now grown into something that gives great meaning and purpose.
I created The Happy Pelvis to be a platform to educate, increase awareness and support women who are going through their own pelvic pain or chronic illness journey. Since starting my blog and Instagram in 2018, I am now able to support and educate thousands of pelvic pain and chronic illness warriors around the world.
I’ve heard from way too 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 should never let a doctor make you feel like your pain isn’t real. You know your body better than anyone else. 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.
I truly hope that The Happy Pelvis blog can inspire and motivate you to learn to love your pelvis + take control of your health.
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.
Feel free to look around and be a part of my journey as I spend my time living a happy, and almost healthy life.
On a side 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.
Below are some links to blog posts that might interest you:
I’ve had pelvic pain issues most of my life (Chronic UTI, YI’s, Painful Periods etc.) but things derailed in October 2017. That is when I started to get the most painful, 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 quality of life.
After having my pelvic pain dismissed by many doctors, I had to become my own advocate. I spent 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. Looking back, that was probably the best thing I ever did.
At this point, the most amazing thing happened. I found out that I was not the only one trying to cope with unanswered chronic pelvic pain and health issues. I had found women from Canada and around the world who were dealing with the same pain and issues as I was. 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 ill and figuring out a way to cope with whatever illness I had.
A few months had past (+ many different doctors later) and I was able to get in to see a highly skilled Gynaecologist (Endometriosis Specialist) who listens to his patients and doesn’t dismiss their pain. Within my first appointment, he knew right then and there that I was dealing with 3, yes 3, chronic pelvic pain (CPP) conditions:
1. Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
3. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Since these diagnosis’ in 2018, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and suspected Lupus, by my Rheumatologist.
I’m still actively trying to narrow down what is causing all of my symptoms in hopes I can find a treatment that will help me get my life back.
If something resonates with you in my posts, don’t hesitate to reach out. I love hearing from other strong and resilient warriors.