Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin has opened up about her lonely ten-year journey with endometriosis and how she is now finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.
In a revealing interview with People, the 25-year-old spoke about her desperate search for answers regarding her health.
“You end up feeling so desperately alone because there’s no answers,” she told the publication.
The star of Crikey! It’s the Irwins! and daughter of the late crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin, was diagnosed with endometriosis following a laparoscopic intra-abdominal procedure in August 2022 when severe pain “forced her to the ground in the fetal position”.
While she was afraid the test would offer no explanations, doctors discovered the answer to her health woes: 37 lesions and a cyst on her ovary. With a conclusive diagnosis for endometriosis, she underwent surgery in March of this year.
Opening up about her protracted 10-year experience Irwin discussed her private suffering with symptoms such as fatigue, excruciating pain, and nausea. She claims to have had every blood test imaginable including for conditions such as tropical disease, Lyme disease and cancer.
She also revealed that despite her symptoms worsening, medical professionals dismissed her health concerns delaying her chance of getting the treatment she so desperately needed.
“A doctor told me it was simply something you deal with as a woman and I gave up entirely, trying to function through the pain,” she revealed.
With the surgery a success, Irwin was quickly on the mend and thanked her fans and loved ones for their strength and support through her ordeal.
Now five months later the mother of little Grace Warrior says she feels better every day and that she has a new lease on life.
“It’s not like a light switch, but every week I feel like I’m able to do a little bit more,” she told People.
“Now I wake up in the morning, and I don’t have to take anti-nausea medicine or have my heat pack. Being able to go for a walk with my daughter and not feeling like I have to throw up in the bushes is just wild to me.
“I feel like I have a second chance at life,” she says. “I feel brand new.”
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According to Endometriosis Australia, endometriosis “is a common condition that affects one in nine 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.