- Bindi Irwin makes her diagnosis public
- For years she suffered from severe pain
- Now she had an operation
The daughter of the legendary "Crocodile Hunter", Bindi Irwin (24), has undergone surgery after decades of battling the uterine disease endometriosis. The Australian shared her story of suffering on Instagram to encourage other endometriosis patients that they are not alone.
Bindi Irwin suffers from endometriosis
About one in ten women suffer from the painful condition in which cells in the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus. The diagnosis is usually made very late when the affected women have been suffering from the symptoms for years.
Bindi Irwin revealed she spent ten years struggling with "insurmountable fatigue, pain & nausea". She writes: "A doctor told me it was simply something you deal with as a woman & I gave up entirely, trying to function through the pain."
The suffering of the beautiful animal rights activist increased from year to year until she finally decided to have an operation. The operation removed 37 lesions, some of which were very deep and difficult to remove. According to Bindi, the surgeon said: "How did you live with this much pain?"
Bindi Irwin wants to share her story with all those who are silently struggling with pain and a lack of answers. She emphasizes that the pain is real and that affected women deserve help.
Her family also spoke up shortly after her post on social media and supported her. Her husband, Chandler Powell, wrote that he admires the way she takes care of her family and conservation work despite having endometriosis. Her brother Robert Irwin called for a more open discussion of the topic of endometriosis.