Bindi Irwin issues health update after being diagnosed with shock endometriosis
Bindi Irwin says she is on the road to better health after announcing her shock endometriosis diagnosis last week.
The wildlife warrior said she was healed and will soon be focusing “all my energies on our family and conservation work.”
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The 24-year-old conservationist shared via an Instagram post last week that she feels “responsible” in sharing her journey, aware that “millions of other women are struggling with a similar story” to hers.
Irwin is one of nine women who have endometriosis, in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus and sometimes migrates to other areas of the body.
Its nature discourages many women from speaking openly about it or seeking medical advice.
“For 10 years I’ve been struggling with insurmountable fatigue, pain and nausea,” she said at the time.
“Trying to stay positive and hide the pain has gone a very long way. These last 10 years have included a lot of tests, doctor visits, scans, etc.”
Irwin underwent an operation called laparoscopy — also known as keyhole surgery — in which a tiny camera is sent through a small incision in the pelvic region.
It aims to examine and remove the tissue that is causing pain.
After the surgery, Irwin’s latest update says she’s “healing” now.
“I’ve spent the week reading your kind words and stories of strength through your own experiences with endometriosis,” the statement said Wednesday morning.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing. I can finally see a new me on the road to better health.
“I can’t wait to focus all my energies on our family and the conservation work we are so passionate about. Send my love and light your way.”
Alongside the news, Irwin shared a new photo from her bed and received a large bouquet of roses.
The 24-year-old had her hair up in a bun and wore a simple black shirt as she recovered.
Following the post, Irwin received more messages of support and love from her followers and a few other “endo warriors.”
“I am so glad you are using this time for physical and emotional healing. You are true light in this world,” said one.
“Prayers for a speedy recovery. I suffered from endometriosis for 15 years before it was diagnosed. The pain is ridiculous and some days debilitating! Sending you and your family love and hugs 💜,” added another.
“Fine, rest and you’ll feel better soon. Thank you for spreading so much awareness for us Endo warriors,” said a third.
Irwin previously said that after her surgery, doctors discovered “37 lesions, some very deep and difficult to remove, and one chocolate cyst.”
Steve Irwin’s daughter said her doctor at the Seckin Endometriosis Center in New York asked her during recovery, “How did you live with so much pain?”
Irwin called the validation of the years of pain “indescribable.”
What is endometriosis?
Debilitating, unbearable and chronic – all words to describe endometriosis.
It’s a little-known disease that affects one in nine people with female reproductive organs.
Endometriosis affects people of childbearing age and can cause sufferers such pain that they are unable to participate in professional, social, and other life responsibilities.
So what is endometriosis and why does it affect so many people?
“Endometriosis is a common disease where the tissue that resembles the lining of the womb grows outside in other parts of the body,” Endometriosis Australia said on its website.
“While endometriosis most commonly affects the reproductive organs, it is commonly found in the intestines and bladder and has been found in muscles, joints, lungs and the brain.”
There’s no cure for endometriosis — it’s a chronic condition that can leave people in so much pain they can’t get out of bed.
There are two main problems that arise when endometriosis is present: pain and infertility.
Other symptoms are:
- Pain that stops you during or around your period
- pain during or after sex
- Heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding
- pain during bowel movements
- pain when urinating
- Pain in the pelvic area, lower back, or legs
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