Queen Camilla's Niece Shares Endometriosis Diagnosis

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There's been plenty of royal medical news recently, as both King Charles and Kate Middleton have stepped back from official duties to recover from planned surgical procedures (Prince William is also taking time away from royal engagements to care for his and Kate's kids), but they aren't the only members of Queen Camilla's family experiencing medical issues.

Earlier this week, Camilla's niece, Ayesha Shand, posted an emotional video sharing the painful realities of her experience with endometriosis—a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, usually throughout the pelvic region, often resulting in pain.

The daughter of Camilla's late brother, Mark Shand, Ayesha shared in her post that her condition has been "isolating, agonizing and completely unbearable."

"Every month, I ingest hundreds of pain killers, faint, vomit, spend nights and days crouched on the floor crying," she wrote in the caption for the video. "This is all followed by intense waves of helplessness and depression According to statistics 1 in 10 women suffer from it, but due to the inability to diagnose the condition, it is likely double that. Most women live this cycle of pain in silence."

She added, "I am lucky enough to be operated in a few weeks but for those wanting to know more @endofound is a great resource- an organization dedicated to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. We are also making great strides @wearethecycle trying to help those living in rural communities in India be educated and treated for the condition."

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