Bindi Irwin, an Australian conservation campaigner, is being candid about her health issues.
On Tuesday, March 7, the 24-year-old announced on Instagram that she had been diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition in which cells similar to those found in the uterine lining proliferate outside of the uterus.
The Mayo Clinic claims that the illness harms the bladder and gut as well as the pelvic tissue and can surround the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
“Dear Friends, I battled for a long time wondering if I should share this journey with you in such a public space. It came down to the responsibility I feel to share my story for other women who need help,” Irwin wrote alongside a photo of her laying in a hospital bed with an IV in her arm.
Irwin revealed that she has been experiencing anguish for the past ten years while telling her tale. She claims that some doctors originally disregarded her concerns and that it was only after “many tests, physician visits, scans, etc.” that she learned what was wrong.
“A doctor told me it was simply something you deal with as a woman & I gave up entirely, trying to function through the pain. I didn’t find answers until a friend @lesliemosier helped set me on a path of regaining my life. I decided to undergo surgery for endometriosis,” she wrote, adding that the doctors found thirty-seven lesions and an ovarian cyst.
Finally, Irwin expressed her appreciation to the people who had supported her and “encouraged me to find solutions when I feared I’d never climb out.” She added her gratitude to the medical staff for validating her experience of agony.
Irwin also explained that she couldn’t go out because she was “pouring every ounce of energy I had left” into taking care of her 1-year-old daughter, Grace Warrior, whom she shares with her husband, Chandler Powell.
“Things may look fine on the outside looking in through the window of someone’s life, however, that is not always the case. Please be gentle & pause before asking me (or any woman) when we’ll be having more children,” she wrote.
“After all that my body has gone through, I feel tremendously grateful that we have our gorgeous daughter. She feels like our family’s miracle. I’m aware of millions of women struggling with a similar story. There’s stigma around this awful disease. I’m sharing my story for anyone who reads this & is quietly dealing with pain & no answers. Let this be your validation that your pain is real & you deserve help. Keep searching for answers. www.endofound.org,” she concluded.
We value Irwin’s willingness to open up, and we wish her the best as she recovers.
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