AceShowbiz - Bindi Irwin has got candid about the health issues she's faced for the past decade. Taking to Instagram, the "Crikey! It's The Irwins" star shared a photo of herself from her hospital bed, revealing she has undergone surgery for endometriosis.
"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," the 24-year-old began the caption of the Tuesday, March 7 post. "For 10yrs I've struggled with insurmountable fatigue, pain & nausea. Trying to remain a positive person & hide the pain has been a very long road. These last 10yrs have included many tests, doctors visits, scans, etc."
"A doctor told me it was simply something you deal with as a woman & I gave up entirely, trying to function through the pain," she added. "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. 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. To cut a long story short, they found 37 lesions, some very deep & difficult to remove, & a chocolate cyst."
She went on to express gratitude to her "family & friends who have been on this journey with me for 10+ yrs, saying, "THANK YOU, for encouraging me to find answers when I thought I'd never climb out. Thank you to the doctors & nurses who believed my pain." The mom of one continued, "I'm on the road to recovery & the gratitude I feel is overwhelming."
"To those questioning the cancelled plans, unanswered messages & absence - I had been pouring every ounce of the energy I had left into our daughter & family. Things may look fine on the outside looking in through the window of someone's life, however, that is not always the case," the daughter of the late Steve Irwin further ntoed. "Please be gentle & pause before asking me (or any woman) when we'll be having more children."
"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 concluded. "Keep searching for answers. www.endofound.org."