What to Expect: Diagnostic Laparoscopy for Endometriosis

After over two years of searching for a diagnosis, I can't believe I'm sitting down to write this. When I first started this blog, I was having chronic constipation, losing weight, and couldn't tolerate many foods (like raw vegetables or dairy products). I saw a gastroenterologist who made me feel like I was crazy for…

Do You Need to Avoid Foods with Endometriosis? + Updated What I Eat in a Day with No Restrictions

While Heal with Haley has taken on new life in my endometriosis and creative journeys, my roots on this blog are in eating disorder recovery. If you read my recent blog post, you know that I recently suffered an orthorexia relapse triggered by my endo diagnosis. That brings me to the topic of this blog…

Got Vaginismus? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Using Vaginal Dilators

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small commission from any purchases made on my blog. This does not affect the price you pay for products or services. Thank you for supporting Heal with Haley! If you have pain with penetration, you know that simply looking at a set of vaginal…

Spoonie Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a commission on any purchases made through my blog. This does not affect the price you pay for products or services. Thank you for supporting Heal with Haley! I'm somewhat of an expert on two things: living with a chronic illness, and giving the perfect…

Hypertonic vs. Hypotonic Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Vaginismus, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, & More

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a portion of proceeds from any purchases made through my blog. Please note that this does not affect product prices. Thank you for supporting Heal with Haley! Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) isn't a single diagnosis: it's a spectrum. PFD ranges from hypertonic (pelvic floor…

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…