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…

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…

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…