Bindi Irwin, an Australian television personality, conservationist, zookeeper, and actress, revealed on March 8 that she had surgery for endometriosis after a decade-long battle with the uterine condition, glamsquad reports
“For ten years, I’ve struggled with insurmountable fatigue, pain, and nausea,” Irwin wrote in a social media post alongside a photo of herself in a hospital bed.
“A doctor told me it was just something women have to deal with, and I gave up completely, trying to function through the pain.”
Irwin’s posts were published on March 8, 2023, International Women’s Day and Endometriosis Awareness Month.
Endometriosis is defined as “a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus” by the National Institutes of Health in the United States.
Pelvic pain, heavy bleeding during periods, and fertility issues are all symptoms of the disease.
Doctors discovered 37 lesions on Irwin, 24, some of which were “very deep and difficult to remove,” but she was now “on the road to recovery.”
“I’m sharing my story for anyone reading this who is quietly dealing with pain and no answers. “Let this be your confirmation that your pain is real and that you deserve assistance,” she added.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately one in every ten people born with a uterus has endometriosis. Globally, the disease affects approximately 190 million women and girls.
Her family took to social media shortly after her posts to express their support.
“Seeing how you pushed through the pain to take care of our family and continue our conservation work while being absolutely riddled with endometriosis is something that will inspire me forever,” her husband Chandler Powell said.