Sunday, 29 March 2020

Celebrities with endometriosis: Diana Falzone

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Diana Falzone is an American journalist.

Diana was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016, after a specialist found a mass in her uterus. In a 2017 article, she states that she underwent a 3.5 hour surgery to remove endometriosis from her uterus, ovaries and bladder that was causing "excessive bleeding and paralysing pain".

"It was just days after my 33rd birthday when my doctor delivered the worst news of my life: I will likely never have a child and fulfill my greatest wish of being a mother.... When hit with the news that I am infertile, I could not stop crying. And not only was it very unlikely I’d ever conceive, my health was in jeopardy."

After tests found she had a low egg reserve, she completed three rounds of egg retrieval to save any remaining eggs.

Diana gave birth to her son in 2018.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Celebrities with endometriosis: Elisabeth Oas

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Elisabeth Oas is an American actress.

Elisabeth was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2009, after encountering pain during her second pregnancy. She also suffers with interstitial cystitis and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Elisabeth founded and co-hosts a radio show/podcast called 'The Pelvic Messenger' which discusses issues surrounding chronic pelvic pain, diseases, syndromes and treatments.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Julia Bradbury

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Julia Bradbury is an English television presenter.

Julia was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2006 during a routine check up and, following on from this, had laparoscopic surgery for the disease.

Her son, Zephyr, was born in 2011 and in 2015 she gave birth to twin girls, Xanthe and Zena, who were conceived via IVF treatment.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Lorne Spicer

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Lorne Spicer is an English television presenter.

Lorne was diagnosed with endometriosis when she had problems trying to conceive. After a series of operations and treatments, Lorne was told by doctors that she was clear of the disease.

She has one son.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Andrea McLean

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Andrea McLean is a Scottish journalist and television presenter.

Andrea was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 28 years old, and had a blocked fallopian tube and cysts on her ovaries.

She was put on to Clomid, but, after two years of trying to conceive, fell pregnant before starting the main IVF treatment. Her son, Finlay, was born in 2001.

She gave birth to her daughter, Amy, in 2006, after conceiving naturally.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Cynthia Koh

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Cynthia Koh, also known as Xu Mei Zhen 许美珍, is a Singaporean actress.

Cynthia was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2012, after having unusually long periods. Her gynaecologist revealed she had two blood cysts on her ovaries. Cynthia underwent keyhole surgery to remove these.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Stephanie St. James

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Stephanie St. James is an American-born actress, singer and mentor.

Stephanie was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2003, after suffering with painful symptoms for over a decade.

Stephanie became an advocate for endometriosis after her 6th surgery.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Ada Nicodemou

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Ada Nicodemou is an Australian actress.

Ada and her husband tried to conceive naturally for a year and when that didn't work they completed a single course of IVF treatment which was successful. Her son, Johnas, was born in 2012.

Ada has been open from the start of her journey and hoped that her story would help other couples struggling with fertility issues.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Celebrities with endometriosis: Katrina Kaif

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Katrina Kaif is an English actress.

Katrina was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2009 and underwent laparoscopic surgery for the disease.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Tia Mowry-Hardrict

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Tia Mowry-Hardrict is an American actress.

Tia was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 27, after suffering from severe cramps since she was 21.

Tia had surgery but, unfortunately, 2 years later, the pain returned. She had a second surgery and then started The Body Ecology Diet. After one year of being on the diet, she fell pregnant.

Her son, Cree, was born in 2011. She also has a daughter, born in 2018.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model and singer. She died in 1962 at the age of 36.

She never had children, though fell pregnant numerous times. All of her pregnancies ended in miscarriage and, reportedly, at least one ectopic pregnancy due to severe endometriosis.

There is a rumour that she went in to one surgery with a note taped to her stomach, pleading with the doctors to not remove her reproductive organs.

Although there is much mystery surrounding her death, many think it is indirectly linked to her endometriosis. The disease caused her to become addicted to painkillers which in turn aggravated her psychological problems.

Her x-rays from one of her surgeries for the disease fetched $54,000 at auction in 1954.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Louise Redknapp

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Louise Redknapp is an English singer, songwriter and media personality.

After trying for more than two years for a baby, Louise was told by her doctor that she would have to go through a lot to have children, and still might not be successful. She says, "Finding out you can't have children takes a bit of your femininity away. It's an odd feeling, like you've completely under-achieved, which is not what I'm good at dealing with."

Louise had laser surgery for the endometriosis and was about to embark on IVF treatment when she discovered she was pregnant with her first son, Charley, born in 2004. She gave birth to her second son, Beau, in 2008.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Susan Sarandon

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Susan Sarandon is an American actress and activist.

Susan was diagnosed with endometriosis in 1983 after suffering from pain, irregular bleeding and fainting. She was told that if she ever wanted children she would have to have surgery, and was put on to birth control pills and painkillers.

She has three children; Eva, born in 1985, Jack, born in 1989, and Miles, born in 1992.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Julianne Hough

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Julianne Hough is an American dancer, actress, singer and songwriter.

Julianne believes she started suffering with the symptoms of endometriosis when she was around 15 years old, but was told it was normal. Her mother and sister also have endometriosis.

In 2008, Julianne had an ultrasound which revealed she had a cyst on her left ovary and scar tissue outside of her uterus, which had spread to her appendix and right hip. She had laparoscopic surgery a week later. It was found the endometriosis had also spread to her fallopian tubes and bladder.

Julianne decided to speak publicly about her endometriosis to help de-stigmatise the conditions surrounding the disease.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Emma Forbes

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Emma Forbes is an English radio and television presenter.

Emma was diagnosed with endometriosis when her and her husband started trying for children. After having scans and laparoscopic surgery, her gynaecologist told her that she could never have children. She was put on to Clomid and within a year fell pregnant.

Since the birth of her daughter, Lily, in 1996, Emma has had 7 more laparoscopic surgeries.

After her son, Sam, was born in 1999, her endometriosis got even worse and she later had her ovary and fallopian tube removed.

She is said to control her endometriosis with a mixture of acupuncture and a healthy diet.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Kirsten Storms

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Kirsten Storms is an American actress and voice actress.

Kirsten was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2011.

She has one daughter, Harper Rose, born in 2014.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Jillian Michaels

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Jillian Michaels is an American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality.

Jillian says she learned very early on that she had endometriosis and polycystic ovaries.

She struggled with infertility due to endometriosis having blocked her fallopian tubes, but has two children, Lukensia and Pheonix, one of whom she adopted and another that her partner gave birth to.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Anna McPartlin

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Anna McPartlin is an Irish novelist.

Anna first suffered problems with her endometriosis in her early 20's. "I began to suffer with kidney and bladder problems and spent a lot of time in and out of hospital undergoing treatment and investigations. From the initial symptoms, it took at least eight years for me to be diagnosed with endometriosis and this only happened due to the influence of my aunt who was a gynaecological nurse and believed my problems sounded like endometriosis. She pushed me to move from a kidney specialist to a gynaecologist."

A diagnostic laparoscopy revealed Anna had endometriosis on her bladder, uterus, abdominal wall and fallopian tubes. The surgeon removed the scar tissue and she experienced a year of no pain or bladder issues. Unfortunately, when Anna and her husband started trying for children, they found they were unable to conceive and since then, they have tried IVF and other treatments including aromatherapy, acupuncture and dietary changes.

"Although my symptoms are ongoing, I am so much better than I was before diagnosis", she says.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Aya Matsuura

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Aya Matsuura is a Japanese singer and actress.

In a bid to raise awareness, Aya announced to her fans that she had endometriosis in 2011 and had been suffering with pain for the last 4 years. In 2009 she took a 3 year career break and now performs on a level suitable to her needs.

Aya has a daughter, born in 2014.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Emma Bunton

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Emma Bunton is an English singer, songwriter, actress, radio and television presenter.

Emma was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 25 years old. "I remember the doctor saying at the time: 'Fifty per cent of women with endometriosis go on to have children'. I thought, only 50 per cent!? It scared the life out of me."

She has two sons, Beau, born in 2007 and Tate, born in 2011.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Clinton is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker.

She had trouble conceiving her only child, Chelsea, born in 1980, due to endometriosis.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Tracey Emin

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Tracey Emin, CBE, is an English artist.

Tracey collapsed after developing severe stomach pains and was rushed to hospital, where it was discovered she had endometriosis. She says "I couldn't walk because of the terrible pain in my hip from all the swelling.

Tracey revealed in 2012 that she had lost her libido after an operation for severe endometriosis brought on by the menopause. She said she does not have a sexual relationship with her partner and has never wished to have children.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, business woman and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.

It was during a 35 date tour of the US and Canada in 1982, when she was 36, that she was taken in to hospital to have a partial hysterectomy due to endometriosis.

Dolly later faced a period of depression and suicidal thoughts from not being able to have children.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Nike Oshinowo

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Nike Oshinowo is a Nigerian talk show host, entrepreneur and former pageant director.

Nike has battled with endometriosis since she was 13 years old. She says "The first time I experienced the pain of endometriosis was very traumatic. I thought I was going to die. Really, I have lost count of the number of surgeries that I have had but I sure know that it’s more than 17 times."

Nike is a mother of twins born via a surrogate.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Padma Lakshmi

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Padma Lakshmi is an American author, actress, model and television host.

Padma had two ovarian cysts removed when she was 30 years old, but her doctor failed to inform her that she had endometriosis. In 2005, she was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal cramps. She says "It turned out that some endometrial tissue had wrapped itself around my small intestine like a tourniquet. The gastroenterological surgeon who called this tissue 'scar tissue' said that he snipped it off and that I would be fine. Again, I was far from fine, and all of the symptoms I had came raging back with my next period."

At the age of 36, Padma was diagnosed with endometriosis which she had lived with the symptoms of since early adolescence. "I was told by my mother that this was just our lot in life, because I'm sure that's what she was told by her mother. So I expected the pain, I saw my mother go through it in fact, month in month out."

Padma co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

She gave birth to her daughter, Krishna, in 2010.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Karen Duffy

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Karen Duffy is an American writer, model, television personality and actress.

She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 1998. She says ''For years, I smiled for the cameras and hid how I felt. I did what too many women do - wrote off my period pain as just part of being a woman. I thought I knew everything about being a female until I realised what I thought were regular monthly cramps, weren't regular at all. Finally, I took control of my monthly pain and had a serious talk with my doctor. And what that doctor found changed my life. It turned out my period wasn't the problem, endometriosis was.''

In 1995, Duffy was diagnosed with the disease neurosarcoidosis. Since then, she's written two books about her experience living with chronic pain.

Karen has one son, Jack, who was born via a surrogate in 2003.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Anthea Turner

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Anthea Turner is an English television presenter and media personality.

She has said the pain of endometriosis had been unbearable at times. "If someone was to give me a gun I would shoot myself, it really can get that bad."

Anthea has tried acupuncture in the past but was eventually told her endometriosis had cleared up spontaneously.

Anthea has said she has "had more IVF treatments than you can shake a stick at."

Celebrities with endometriosis: Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg is an American comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host.

She found out she had endometriosis in the 70's and was given medication for the disease which worked.

Whoopi stated in 2009 "I had endometriosis 30 years ago maybe. I was very, very lucky. I had an intelligent doctor who sort of knew what was going on and said well, here take this stuff and he cleared it up. I was very lucky."

Whoopi has one daughter, Alexandria, born in 1973.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Annabel Croft

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Annabel Croft is an English former professional tennis player and current radio and television presenter.

She had surgery for endometriosis in 1992.

After a doctor found a cyst on her ovary in 2003, Annabel visited a homeopath and found the cyst reduced in size after taking the prescribed remedies. She now visits her homeopath every 6 weeks for a "full MOT."

Annabel has 3 children.

Celebrities with endometriosis: Anna Friel

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Anna Friel is an English actress.

She was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 28, after being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery and two blood transfusions for a ruptured ovarian cyst.

Anna says "One doctor told me it would be very hard if I left trying for a baby beyond the age of 30, which at the time was far from an ideal situation."

Anna gave birth to daughter, Gracie, in 2005.