Saturday, 20 April 2013

Celebrities with endometriosis.

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Anna Friel, 36, is a British actress. She was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 28, after being rushed to hospital with a ruptured ovarian cyst. She 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". She gave birth to daughter, Gracie, in 2005.


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Annabel Croft, 46, is a British former professional tennis player and current radio and television presenter. She had surgery for endometriosis in 1992 and went on to have 3 children. After her doctor found a cyst on her ovary in 2003, she has visited a homeopath and found her cyst reduced in size after taking the prescribed remedies. She now visits her homeopath every 6 weeks for a full 'mot'. Annabel has formed Diary Doll with friend and fellow television presenter Carol Smillie, a company specialising in 'period pants'. 


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Whoopi Goldberg, 57, 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. She has one daughter, Alexandria, born in 1973.


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Anthea Turner, 52, is a British 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". She has tried acupuncture in the past but was eventually told her endometriosis had cleared up spontaneously. To date, Anthea has undergone five unsuccessful IVF treatments.


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Karen Duffy, 50, is an American model, television personality and actress. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 1998. Karen says the cramps ''felt like a boa constrictor wrapped around my abdomen". She now controls her endometriosis with Lupron and reports no side effects from the drug. ''I have more energy now, and maybe it's because I have less pain'' she says.


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Padma Lakshmi, 42, is an Indian American author, actress, model and television presenter. She also co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Padma suffered with pain for more than 20 years and was told it was 'all in her head' before she was diagnosed with endometriosis. She had surgery when it was revealed she had 2 cysts on each of her ovaries and was also put on to birth control. She gave birth to her daughter, Krishna, in 2010.


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Nike Oshinowo-Soleye, 46, is a Nigerian business woman, socialite, entrepreneur and former pageant director. She has battled with endometriosis since 13 years old and has lost count of how many surgeries she has had for the disease. She is now looking forward to the menopause.


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Dolly Parton, 67, is an American singer-songwriter, actress and author. It was during a 35 date tour of the US and Canada in 1982 that she was taken in to hospital (aged 36) to have a partial hysterectomy due to endometriosis. She later faced a period of depression and suicidal thoughts from not being able to have children.


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Tracey Emin, 49, is a British artist. Tracey developed severe stomach pains and when she collapsed the next day, 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 now 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 new boyfriend and has never wished to have children.


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Hillary Clinton, 65, is the 67th United States Secretary of State. She had trouble conceiving her only child, Chelsea, born in 1980, due to endometriosis.


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Emma Bunton, 37, is a British pop singer-songwriter from the Spice Girls, actress, model, television and radio presenter. She was diagnosed with endometriosis at 25. "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.


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Aya Matsuura, 26, is a Japanese pop singer. In a bid to raise awareness, Aya announced to her fans that she had the disease 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.


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Lacey Schwimmer, 24, is an American competitive ballroom dancer and singer. She was starring in Dancing with the Stars in 2008, alongside Julianne Hough, when, because of Julianne's diagnosis, went for a check up. It was discovered that she also had endometriosis but at that point surgery was not necessary. Lacey is on medication to treat the disease.


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Anna McPartlin, 40, is an Irish author. She 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 she 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 one course of IVF and countless other treatments including aromatherapy, acupuncture and dietary changes and are now trying to conceive naturally again. "I had a second operative laparoscopy a number of years ago and although my symptoms are ongoing, I am so much better than I was before diagnosis" she says.


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Jillian Michaels, 39, is an American personal trainer and media personality. Jillian struggles with infertility due to endometriosis having blocked her fallopian tubes, but she has two children, Lukensia and Pheonix, one of whom she has adopted and another that her partner gave birth to. She says she learned very early on that she had endometriosis and polycystic ovaries.


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Kirsten Storms, 29, is an American actress. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2011 while playing the role of Maxie in the TV series General Hospital. She had to take a year off from the show and returned in 2012.


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Emma Forbes, 47, is a British radio and television presenter. She was diagnosed with endometriosis when her and her husband started trying for children. After having scans and laparoscopic surgery, her gynaecologist told her something she says she will never forgive him for - 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, Emma has had 7 more laparoscopic surgeries. After her son, Sam, was born, her endometriosis got even worse and she later had her ovary and fallopian tube removed. She now controls her endometriosis with a mixture of acupuncture and a healthy diet.


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Julianne Hough, 24, is an American professional ballroom dancer, singer and actress. She was starring in Dancing with the Stars in 2008 when she knew her body had taken all it could. She was in agony  but ignored producers please to go to the hospital. The next morning Julianne had an ultrasound which revealed she had a cyst on her left ovary and a lot of scar tissue outside of her uterus which had spread to her appendix and right hip. She had laparoscopic surgery a week later, leaving the show mid season. It was found the endometriosis had also spread to her fallopian tubes and bladder. Julianne believes she started suffering with pain from the disease around 2003. Her mother and sister also have endometriosis.


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Susan Sarandon, 66, is an American actress. She 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; a daughter, Eva, born in 1985 and two sons, Jack, born in 1989, and Miles, born in 1992.


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Louise Redknapp, 38, is a British singer, television presenter 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.


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Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model and singer who was 36 when she died. 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 her 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.


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Tia Mowry, 34, is an American actress, singer and author. She was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 27 after suffering from severe cramps since she was 21. She 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 was pregnant and her son, Cree, was born in 2011. Tia is due to give birth to her second child, a daughter, in 2013.


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Katrina Kaif, 28, is a British Indian actress and former model. She was diagnosed in 2009 and underwent laparoscopic surgery for the disease.


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Ada Nicodemou, 35, is a Greek Cypriot born Australian actress. She 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.


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Stephanie St. James, 38, is an American actress and singer. Diagnosed with endometriosis in 2003, after suffering for over a decade with painful symptoms, Stephanie is an advocate for the disease after undergoing 6 surgeries.


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Cynthia Koh, 39, is a Singaporean actress. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2012, after having unusually long periods. A check by her gynaecologist revealed she had two 2cm blood cysts on her ovaries and underwent keyhole surgery to remove these.



Andrea McLean, 43, is a Scottish television presenter. She was diagnosed with endometriosis at 28 and underwent fertility treatment to have her son, Finlay, who was born in 2001. She had a blocked fallopian tube and cysts on her ovaries and was put on Clomid before starting IVF but fell pregnant (after two years of trying to conceive) before starting the main IVF treatment. She gave birth to her daughter Amy in 2006 after conceiving naturally.



Lorne Spicer, 47, is a British television presenter. She was diagnosed with endometriosis when she had problems trying to conceive but after a series of operations and treatments, was told she was clear of the disease by doctors. She has one child.


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Julia Bradbury, 42, is a British television presenter.She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2006 during a routine check up and following on from this had laparoscopic surgery for the disease. She fell pregnant at the end of 2010 and gave birth to her son, Zephyr, in 2011.


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Elisabeth Oas, 37, is an American actress. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2009 after encountering pain during her second pregnancy. She also suffers with interstitial cystitis and pelvic floor dysfunction. Elizabeth founded and co-hosts a radio show/podcast called 'The Pelvic Messenger' which discusses issues surrounding chronic pelvic pain, diseases, syndromes and treatments.


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Cyndi Lauper, 59, is an American singer, song-writer and actress. She had her son, Declyn, at 44. Her memoir tells that "she became famous, then gravely ill with endometriosis".


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Nikki Cascone is an American chef, restaurateur and former contestant of Top Chef. She suffered for two years before she was diagnosed with endometriosis. She has laser surgery and fell pregnant soon afterwards. Her son, Jackson, was born in 2011.


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Mary Joe Fernandez, 41, is an American former professional tennis player. She had suffered with painful cramps in her pelvic area since around the age of 14 but, although they were a nuisance, they hadn't gotten in the way of her career. In 1993, the pains worsened and surgery confirmed she had endometriosis. The surgery was successful and Mary Joe was put on to medication for the disease. She was able to return to tennis within a few months but the medication made her susceptible to illness and she struggled to keep up. "I had been playing really well", Mary Joe says. "I was about to make a big breakthrough. I was ready to challenge for No. 1 in the world. And then, boom, the endometriosis. I didn't know if I'd ever be able to play again. I thought I was going to lose everything I'd worked for". While out with injuries, Mary Joe has used her time to create awareness of the disease. She has two children, Isabella, born in 2001 and Nicholas, born in 2004.


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Queen Victoria was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 1837 until her death in January 1901. It is rumoured that she suffered form endometriosis and was heard to have said that the only time she felt good was while she was pregnant. Some say this explains why she had so many children - 9 in total, though it has been revealed that she also suffered from both prenatal and postnatal depression, hated her children and was not in the least bit maternal. "Queen Victoria liked sex, but she didn't like the result".


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Deidre Hall, 65, is an American actress. Originally thinking she would easily conceive, Deidre underwent six rounds of artificial insemination before being diagnosed with endometriosis. When this tissue was removed surgically, she though she had found a cure for her inability to conceive. She had six courses of IVF over a nine month period, but, unfortunately, none of them took and one even put her into a brief coma. In 1989, Deidre tried IVF-gestational, a procedure where a woman's egg and her spouse's sperm are united in the lab and the embryo is then injected in to the uterus of a surrogate. The result, again, was failure. She was unable to try IVF again as her body couldn't take it. In 1991, Deidre found a surrogate and after two attempts at artificial insemination, the surrogate announced she was pregnant. Robin, the surrogate mother, gave birth to Deidre's son, David, in 1992. Robin later went on to give birth to Deidre's second son, Tully, in 1995.


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Jayne Kennedy Overton, 61, is an American actress and former sports television presenter. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in the early 80's. She was filming an exercise video when her pain became so debilitating she wasn't able to do any sit ups and later collapsed. "I was in pain all the time. Sometimes I would be standing in the kitchen, lift the top off a pot and pains came in my stomach", she says. "They were not dull aches, they were all sharp pains. It was difficult to walk and certainly almost impossible to exercise". She tried the birth control pill and when it didn't work, her doctor advised her to get pregnant. "I was really lucky. Within two months I was pregnant. The pains stopped, and it went away. I was pain free during the entire pregnancy and while I breast fed. Two months after I stopped breastfeeding, the pain came back". Jayne had three laparoscopic surgeries then tried Lupron as well as other test drugs and treatments. Inevitably, the disease returned and the only time she experienced any extended remission was during a second pregnancy and subsequent breastfeeding. When she got pregnant for the third time, she decided to have a cesarean section and total hysterectomy after the birth. She hasn't suffered with the disease since.


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Bethenny Frankel, 42, is an American television personality, entrepreneur and author. Bethenny revealed this year that she suffers from endometriosis. She has one daughter, Bryn, who was born in 2010, but suffered a miscarriage at 8 weeks during her second pregnancy - though she blamed it on herself and her age rather than her endometriosis.


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Chaz Bono, 44, is an American transgender advocate, writer and musician. He is the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono. For years, Chaz battled a substance abuse problem when he became dependent on painkillers while suffering from endometriosis. He reached sobriety in 2004 and later in 2005, had a hysterectomy for the disease. Chaz (born Chastity) underwent female to male gender transition between 2008 and 2010 and in 2010 legally changed his name and gender. 


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Myleene Klass, 35, is an British singer, pianist, media personality and model. Her first child, daughter Ava, was born in 2007. During a three year struggle to conceive her second daughter, Hero, Myleene was told she had endometriosis. Ironically, it was probably caused by her previous pregnancy. Myleene started investigating IVF. "I can see how things like that can bring a couple to the brink", says Myleene. "Everything becomes so mechanical". Myleene was about to start treatment when her doctor advised her to give it three more months. "I broke down in tears when he told me that", she says. "It had been years already". But amazingly, within a few weeks she was pregnant. Hero was born in 2012.



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Michelle Ang, 29, is a New Zealand film and television actress. She had begun to notice changes in herself when she became extremely lethargic, depressed, had back ache and bloating, along with a urinary tract infection. Michelle thought it was initially a kidney infection and after a late night trip to A&E in New York, America, and three courses of antibiotics left her feeling no better, she agreed to visit her family doctor back home in Wellington, New Zealand. She was told these were the effects of her getting older and, feeling demoralised, visited a urologist and a kidney specialist where all her tests came back clear. Michelle bumped in to an old school friend by chance a few weeks later, and it was suggested she visit a gynaecologist. The gynaecologist identified that she was likely to be suffering from endometriosis and after surgery, Michelle, now 25, was finally diagnosed with the disease. 




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Emily Robison, 40, is an American singer, songwriter and a founding member of the female country band the Dixie Chicks. After six months of trying to conceive, Emily went through various tests. Another year passed without success and Emily underwent a laparoscopy which is when she was diagnosed with mild endometriosis. After two years and four rounds of IVF, her son, Augustus Charles, was born in 2002. After another 2 rounds of IVF, Emily fell pregnant with twins, Julianna Tex and Henry Benjamin, who were born in 2005.


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Frieda Hughes, 53, is a British poet and painter. She is the daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. In the late 90's, Frieda underwent a series of operations for the treatment of endometriosis. "It crawls up through the groin", she write in one of her latest poems. "Nail hooks pick out steps in soft red, seeking places to implant...". She has described the disease as having caused "unmitigated agony".


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Melissa Holliday, 43, is an American actress, singer and model. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 1995 and was put on to a course of Zolodex. The drug did not relieve any pain for her and although she asked numerous times, the doctors maintained the treatment while she felt her condition was worsening. After being referred on to another hospital she says, "they’d given me so many drugs, I didn’t know if I was coming or going". She was effectively driven out of her mind through chemical bombardment, and was told she would need electric shock therapy - she was told that if she didn’t consent, she would simply be locked up and not permitted to leave. Finally, at the end of 44 days, 9 shock treatments later, Melissa ran out of cover on her medical insurance and was released from hospital. She was unable to leave her house for 6 months, was unable to drive and effectively lost her career. She went back home to live with relatives and started claiming disability payments. In October 1996, Melissa filed a much-publicised lawsuit against the hospital and doctors whom she feels ended her career through their gross negligence and total mistreatment of endometriosis. Eventually, she received the medical care she needed and obtained some relief from the disease - which should have come much sooner. 


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Gloria LaMorte is a film writer and director. She wrote and produced the award winning short film, "Details", which was based on real life events. Gloria played the lead role, a woman burdened for years by endometriosis who is driven to near suicide from the pain.


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Juel Casamayor is an American model, television presenter and actress. She has battled endometrial cancer, fibroids and endometriosis.


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Tori Amos, 49, is an American pianistsinger-songwriter and composer. She has suffered with endometriosis for half of her career. Tori has had repeated surgeries for the disease and had her fallopian tubes removed after a cyst was discovered. After suffering three miscarriages, her daughter, Natashya, was born in 2000.


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Meg Cabot, 46, is an American author. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2007 and talks about her stuggles with the disease in her online diary.


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Yuka Murofushi, 36, is a Japanese discus and hammer thrower. She had an endometrial polyp removed in March 2004 and further surgery for endometriosis in November 2009. Yuka still suffers from the endometriosis and the side effects of her medication. She has been unable to regain her pre-surgery performance levels.


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Lizzie O'Leary, 37, is an American news correspondent. She first suffered with abdominal pains at the age of 14, but it was only after surgery at 35 that she was diagnosed with endometriosis. Although she questioned her gynaecologist for years about having the disease she was always told that she was fine. She was misdiagnosed with a hernia and ovarian cysts before her official diagnosis in 2011. Concerned with fertility issues, she froze her eggs. After a course of hormone therapy she thought she was clear of the disease and took a prestigious role as a CNN correspondent, but soon was struggling with the effects of the endometriosis. She stepped down in 2012 after a leave of absence. "I got the amazing chance to be a CNN correspondent, but my body just wasn't capable of doing that. But it’s also been this very strange gift. For so long, I defined myself as a journalist, and in the time when I've been sick, I've learned to define myself as a daughter and a sister and a girlfriend and an intellectual". After further surgery, Lizzie now treats her endometriosis with a combination of physical therapy, acupunture and an IUD.



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Alexandra Wentworth, 48, is an American comedienne, actress and author. She has two daughters, Elliott and Harper. There is little on line regarding her struggles with the disease though she did proclaim the fact she has endometriosis to the world on her Twitter in 2012.


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Hilary Mantel, 60, is a British author. She was diagnosed with endometriosis at 27 after suffering with bad periods from the age of 11. Doctors were convinced that it was all in her mind and had duly treated her as a psychiatric case. Hilary was convinced it was endometriosis and after surgery, her doctors confirmed it was endometriosis - and they had had to remove her womb, ovaries and even part of her bowel. "When women apes have their wombs removed", she wrote in her memoir, "and are returned by keepers to the community, their mates sense it and desert them. It is a fact of base biology; there is little kindness in the animal kingdom, and I have been down there with the animals, grunting and bleeding on the porter's trolley. I was 27 and I thought I could have a baby. I was free in the matter, there were possibilities. Now I was not free and the possibilities were closed off. Biology was destiny. Neglect - my own, and that of the medical profession - had taken away my choices. I was 27 and an old woman, all at once". When the hysterectomy failed to solve the physical problems, subsequent drug treatments left her with the side-effects of exhaustion and ballooning weight. 


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Carole Landis was an American actress who died in 1948 at the age of 29. She wanted to have children but was unable to conceive due to endometriosis. Her sister, Dorothy, also suffered from the condition. However, Carole's niece, Sharon Ross Powell, stated that Carole did not have endometriosis but instead a congenital malformation that was a residual effect of the influenza epidemic.


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Rosie Marcel, 35, is a British actress. She was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 20 along with the blood disorder hemophilia  She also battled other diseases before being diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008. Rosie's character in the BBC1 series, "Holby City", Jac, has just been diagnosed with endometriosis so she will get to play out her real life feelings for the disease, on-screen. 


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Toni Braxton, 45, is an American singer-songwriterrecord produceractress and television personality. There is little known about the singers battle with the disease though it is known she underwent surgery (in secret) for endometriosis in 2007.


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Tomoko Hagiwara, 32, is a former Japanese Olympic swimmer. She had always had severe menstrual pain, but in the past few years, had also felt a harsh pain in her hips and stomach. She had endured it, thinking the pain was caused by age. During training, however, she found it extremely difficult to move her body. Hagiwara went to four hospitals, and often cried from the uncertainty. At the last hospital she went to, she decided to have surgery which took place in April 2011. She was back in the pool swimming by May that year.


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Pamela Anderson, 45, is a Canadian model and actress. While filming Barb Wire, Pamela collapsed on set and was rushed to hospital. She had suffered a miscarriage, and had to undergo treatment for endometriosis. She has two sons, Brandon and Dylan.


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Sophie Rhys-Jones, 48, is the Countess of Wessex. She is rumoured to have endometriosis which caused her to suffer an ectopic pregnancy in 2001, though there is nothing on line to confirm this. She has two children, Louise, born in 2003, and James, born in 2007.


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Sharon Stone, 55, is an American actress, film producer and former fashion model. She is rumoured to have endometriosis after having suffered repeated miscarriages though there is nothing on line to confirm this. She has 3 adopted children; Roan Joseph, Laird Vonne and Quinn Kelly.


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Pam Dawber, 61, is an American actress. She is rumoured to have endometriosis though there is nothing on line to confirm this. She has two sons, Sean, born in 1988, and Ty, born in 1992.


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Martie McGuire, 43, is an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of the female country band the Dixie Chicks. She is rumoured to have endometriosis though there is nothing online to confirm this. She did, however, suffer from a collapsed fallopain tube and spent 3 years trying to conceive before trying IVF. Martie has three children; twins Eva and Kathleen born in 2004, and Harper, born in 2008 (all conceived through IVF).


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Celine Dion, 45, is a Canadian singer. She is rumoured to have endometriosis though there is nothing on line to confirm this. Celine did, however, undergo two small operations in 2010 to improve her chances of conceiving, after deciding to use IVF treatment after years of failed attempts to get pregnant. Celine gave birth to twins, Eddy and Nelson in 2010.


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Neve Campbell, 39, is a Canadian actress. She is rumoured to have endometriosis though there is nothing on line to confirm this. Her son, Caspian, was born in 2012.


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Nicole Kidman, 45, is an Australian actress, singer and film producer. She is rumoured to have endometriosis though there is nothing on line to confirm this. She has an adopted daughter, Isabella, born in 1992, and son, Connor, born in 1995, from her first marriage. She also suffered an ectopic pregnancy during this time. She has two daughters from her second marriage. Nicole gave birth to Sunday in 2008 and Faith was born in 2010 through a surrogate.


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Khloe Kardashian Odom, 28, is an American socialite, television personality, business woman, fashion designer, author, actress and presenter. She is rumoured to have endometriosis but there is nothing on line to confirm this. She has struggled for several years to try to conceive and is reportedly trying IVF now.


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10 comments:

  1. Some really inspirational women here. Helps to know that so much can be achieved in the face of chronic illness.

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  2. Some very famous women here suffering from this debilatating condition, i wish some would step forward and really help highlight the symptoms sufferers have to go through on a daily basis and make people more aware of Endomitriosis, especialy in the uk where even countless GPs know very little about the condition, the ignorance and lack of knowledge is sometimes one of the worst contributing factors of it c

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  3. There are a lot of very influential women on this list. I do hope they take time to help spread awareness, whether it be about getting tested or what treatment options are available, so women can get the help they need.

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  4. I'm 19 and I've just been diagnosed with endometriosis, I've been feeling really down and have had anxiety since the diagnosis, and though I am not currently trying for a baby, I've been really sad that I may be difficult for me in the future.. There are some really inspirational women on here and I this site has made this difficult discovery a little easier for me
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  5. So happy to see the advancement in awareness on endometriosis! All of the above named celebrities that have suffered from this disease are strong, beautiful, influential women; it's great to have examples of how such beautiful women can fight a not so pretty disease. We fully support the awareness of this disease and are pleased to see the talks spread on the issue. It's time to advocate awareness, education and support of something that has such little light shed on it. Whether you purchase a shirt to help spread awareness and spark conversation or not, we're happy to see this community grow and spread the word. Love & Positivity to all our EndoSisters! - The Nomoendo Foundation www.nomoendo.org

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  6. I have been struggling with this disease since 1978. I am 52years old just dad surgery number 9 and still in pain. I remember a few years back Daisy Fuentes was supposed to be the main spokesperson for the endo assn. She backed out afraid it would jeopardize her career. Ladies you have the power of the media and the funds to make a difference. Stop thinking about yourselves and your images. How about the young girls the next generations. It is hereditary and I pray for your daughters that it isn't passed on. Get out there and make a difference. There are millions of women and young girls suffering. I wished many of times in my life I had the power of the media and money to do something. I have done the best I can to reach out and shout out awareness. Support groups endo walks lectures speeches crisis calls etc. LADIES DO SOMETHING NOW!!!!!!

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  7. People are struggling all around. Great to see people who haven't give up and manage to pull through. Inspirational how people fight to live.

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  9. Hi,
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