What do all these women in the public eye have in common? You might be surprised to know that they all have endometriosis...
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Tia Mowry 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.
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Cynthia Koh 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.
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Lorne Spicer 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 son.
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Julia Bradbury 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. 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.
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Millen Magese is a Tanzanian model and the former Miss Tanzania. She has struggled with endometriosis since she was 13 and was diagnosed in 2004, at the age of 25. Millen is adamant about the need to raise awareness for the disease, stating in a 2014 interview “I have one rule in life when it comes to health and making a change: when you can help someone, don’t allow shame and other people’s judgement to become an obstacle. It has been 10 years since my diagnosis, and it has taken a total of 12 surgeries, multiple attempts to reopen my blocked fallopian tubes, a non-functional ovary, miscarriages, and three IVF egg-retrieval procedures during one IVF cycle for me to speak out”. She created the Millen Magese Foundation which teamed up with the Endometriosis Africa Awareness Foundation and in 2015, Millen won a BET Global Good award for her humanitarian work with creating awareness and helping people who live with endometriosis.
Kate Ford is an English actress. After Halsey opened up about her bttle with endometriosis, she shared the news on Twitter telling her fans "I suffer from this it's not easy". Her son, Otis James Roger Connerty, was born in 2008.
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Stephanie March is an American actress. In 2014, after years of crippling pain, Stephanie went to hospital and begged the doctors to open her up. By the time they did, her appendix had ruptured. In her surgical records, it noted that they had found endometrial cells on her appendix but they didn't tell her this specifically and said she should see a specialist to confirm it but she found it difficult to get any doctors to believe she has the disease. In a 2014 article, Stephanie stated "People [in the U. S.] are just so uncomfortable with women's health. We're so afraid to talk about this as a health issue because we see it as a private, embarrassing problem". On the subject of infertility and how doctors take a sudden interest when this is a factor in an endometriosis case, Stephanie added "Until women's health gets the research, attention, education, and funding it deserves, we will not get better. Women's health cannot just be men's health plus a 'make-a-baby' add-on".
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Tinopona Katsande is a Zimbabwean actor, radio and television personality. She was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 17 and underwent 7 surgical operations on her uterus and ovaries before the condition was identified in America. Speaking in a 2014 article, Tinopona stated "Instead, being the Shona girl I am, the 'elders' and doctors attributed the excruciating, demobilising monthly period pains to jeko (dymenorrhoea) and I was told I would eventually grow out of it; especially after having a baby. Unfortuntely, however, I have not grown out of it and medically, I am infertile. I say medically because I believe Musiki Wangu (my creator) will give me the gift of a child if and when he wants - endometriosis or not". After trying every traditional medication known for dysmenorrhoea, she then tried Lupron but had to stop it because of her bones. She now manages the pain with high dosage painkillers.
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Mel Greig is an Australian radio presenter and reality television contestant. She went through IVF treatment in 2015 and announced in 2016 that she had been dealing with endometriosis since she was 17. She said "It could have been major surgery but that would have potentially resulted in a hysterectomy, so they are doing minor surgery and draining my cysts". Explaining the cysts were on her right ovary, Mel said the minor surgery was her best option at the moment as she wasn't keen to get a hysterectomy. Her co-host enquired "So how desperate are you to avoid a hysterectomy at 34 years of age, because I would assume and correct me if I'm wrong, if you suffer from severe endometriosis like you do, hysterectomy would end it wouldn't it?". Mel responded "In terms of having children, yeah" before adding "hysterectomy doesn't end endometriosis".
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Zoe Marshall is an Australian radio presenter and blogger. She wrote an article in 2013 about the laparoscopic surgery she had recently undergone for the diagnosis and removal of endometriosis from behind her right ovary and on her left fallopian tube. Unfortunately, she received a lot of backlash from other sufferers, saying she was sugar-coating the topic and so she remained tight lipped on the subject until 2015 when she wrote about it on her blog. She is undergoing holistic treatment by seeing a kinesiologist and avoids sugar and wheat.
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Sharon Stone 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 online to confirm this. She has 3 adopted children; Roan Joseph, Laird Vonne and Quinn Kelly.
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Pam Dawber is an American actress. She is rumoured to have endometriosis though there is nothing online to confirm this. She has two sons, Sean, born in 1988, and Ty, born in 1992.
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Lacey Schwimmer 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. She was diagnosed with endometriosis but doctors decided at that point surgery was not necessary so therefore it hasn't been confirmed. Lacey is on medication to treat the disease.
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Nicole Bobek is a retired, American figure skater. The Endometriosis Research Centre said that they worked with Nicole's family during the time of her diagnostic process and at that time she didn't have endometriosis, however there are articles online that state she had to withdraw from competions due to it whereas other articles merely state this was due to 'internal infections' and ill health.
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