Bindi Irwin has been hospitalised with a serious medical condition, taking to Instagram to share her story following years of unexplained pain.
Irwin, 24, has been diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition which causes cells similar to the lining of the uterus, or endometrium, grow outside the uterus. The condition can cause extreme pain and infertility.
She addressed her post to “Dear Friends” before continuing: “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.”
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Irwin explained for 10 years she’s struggled with “insurmountable fatigue, pain & nausea.”
“Trying to remain a positive person & hide the pain has been a very long road,” she continued. “These last 10yrs have included many tests, doctors visits, scans, etc.”
One woman told her “it was simply something you deal with as a woman” causing her to give up on finding a cause entirely, leaving her with no choice but to “function through the pain.”
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“I didn’t find answers until a friend @lesliemosier helped set me on a path of regaining my life,” she explained. “I decided to undergo surgery for endometriosis. Going in for surgery was scary but I knew I couldn’t live like I was. Every part of my life was getting torn apart because of the pain.”
Irwin was operated on at the Seckin Endometriosis Centre in New York in the US. She says doctors found 37 lesions were found during the surgery, some “very deep & difficult to remove” and including a more serious “chocolate cyst.”
She says she was asked how she had lived with so much pain following the surgery, leaving her feeling “validation for years of pain,” a feeling she says is “indescribable.”
”My family & friends who have been on this journey with me for 10+ yrs – THANK YOU, for encouraging me to find answers when I thought I’d never climb out,” Irwin continued. “Thank you to the doctors & nurses who believed my pain.”
Irwin explains she is “on the road to recovery” and says her surgery is why she has cancelled plans and left messages unanswered.
“I had been pouring every ounce of the energy I had left into our daughter & family,” she describes before adding: “Things may look fine on the outside looking in through the window of someone’s life, however, that is not always the case.”
Irwin explained her future fertility is uncertain, writing: “Please be gentle & pause before asking me (or any woman) when we’ll be having more children. 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.”
She ended her post by sharing the website www.endofound.org.
Bindi Irwin and husband Chandler Powell welcomed daughter Grace in 2021. The toddler will celebrate her 2nd birthday on March 25.
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