Wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin is officially on the mend following her endometriosis surgery.
Last week, the 24-year-old revealed that she had been “quietly dealing” with endometriosis for over 10 years.
Bindi shared that she had been suffering from severe fatigue, pain, and nausea, before getting her surgery to remove 37 lesions and a “chocolate cyst” from her uterus.
Now, the mother of one is thanking her fans and loved ones for their support as she continues her recovery post-op.
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“I have spent the week reading your kind words and stories of strength through your own experiences with endometriosis,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Thank you with all my heart for sharing. I can finally see a new me on the journey towards better health. I can’t wait to be able to focus all my energy on our family and the conservation work we are so passionate about. Sending my love and light your way.”
Many of Bindi’s followers still continue to support her on her endometriosis journey, with many taking to her post’s comment section to share advice and words of encouragement.
“I am 63 no children. Total Hysterectomy age 26. They did not know what else to do back then. Called me a liar of the pain. I’m so glad they know now and to help such a lovely lady.”
“Take all the time and healing you need, you’re such a strong person bindi and so many people like myself look up to you and love the things you do in life. you just keep forcing on yourself and ur little family of yours and take each day at a time.”
“Prayers for a fast recovery. I suffered for 15 years with endometriosis before it was diagnosed. The pain is ridiculous and some days debilitating! Sending you and your family love and hugs.”
Since announcing her diagnosis, Bindi’s younger brother Robert Irwin has also taken to social media to raise awareness for the disease, telling men that it’s time to listen up and help shed light on women’s health issues.
“Endometriosis is a horrible, crippling disease and too many women endure this in silence, or are never even diagnosed,” Robert wrote.
“It’s *everyone’s* responsibility to be allies for women’s health and help spread awareness.
“You never know who’s suffering in silence, let’s make this a topic that we all freely talk about.”
According to Endometriosis Australia, endometriosis “is a common condition that affects one in 9 women” it can cause a “number of symptoms such as pelvic pain and infertility, it is possible that you can have endometriosis and not have either of these problems.”
If you suspect that you have endometriosis, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor about your symptoms.
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