Bindi Irwin has been in the public eye since she was a child appearing on her dad’s TV shows, but most of her fans were unaware of the health struggle she’s been enduring for the past decade. The animal conservationist and TV personality recently opened up about her battle with endometriosis, a common yet painful condition where endometrial-like tissue grows outside the uterus.
In a heartfelt post, Bindi revealed that she has been struggling with “insurmountable fatigue, pain, and nausea” for 10 years and finally received a diagnosis of endometriosis. The 24-year-old recently decided to undergo surgery. In sharing her story with her 5 million Instagram followers, she encouraged people to be “gentle” with each other. She said, “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 and pause before asking me (or any woman) when we’ll be having more children.”
She also encouraged women struggling with similar stories to find help. Bindi wrote, “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 and is quietly dealing with pain and no answers. Let this be your validation that your pain is real and you deserve help. Keep searching for answers.”
Bindi posted another update with a photo of herself in a hospital bed, smiling with a bouquet of roses. She said she’s healing and expressed her gratitude for the support of her fans.
Fans left comments of support like, “So glad you’re using this time for physical and emotional healing. You are true light in this world” and “Continue to heal up, beautiful girl! ❤🥰🌹”
Bindi’s husband, Chandler, wrote, “You are the strongest, toughest person I know. I love you and I’m so excited for this new chapter of life ❤️,” and her brother, Robert, said, “You’re me hero, Bindi! 🙌” Celebrities like Selma Blair, Padma Lakshmi, and Amy Schumer all left supportive messages.
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