acceptance,  advocacy,  awareness,  Colorectal Surgery,  coping with flares,  Crohn's,  living with IBD,  Ostomy,  Pelvic pain,  stigma,  Ulcerative Colitis

My Pelvic Pain Story

…Via The Women’s Pelvic Pain Podcast…

My first podcast goes live! Check out my pelvic pain story available now in iTunes. Listen to Episode 14: My Pelvic Pain Story here:

Something many folks might not realize about having IBD and IBD-related surgery is that it often comes with chronic pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction, which makes walking, sitting and emptying the bladder very difficult during pelvic flare-ups. And periods feel far more painful as does intercourse.

It is hard enough to talk about living with a bowel condition and/or an ostomy. Add pelvic pain to the mix and the stigma magnifies even further. My intent is to shatter those taboos and bring to light what I’ve done to balance my pelvic floor health with my emotional well-being and how it all ties back to my Crohn’s Disease.

I would love to hear any comments you may have and feel free to follow my story on my social media pages. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @ownyourcrohns

Tina is a health advocate for patients living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Via her writing, social media and public speaking engagements, she spearheads public health causes, including those creating awareness for inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's & Colitis), life-saving ostomy surgery and initiatives supporting global women's and minorities' health. The intent of this blog is to give those suffering in silence and in shame a voice that creates greater awareness and acceptance. She owns her chronic illnesses and disabilities and her goal is for you to as well!