March 7, 2023 | 18:32
Bindi Irwin revealed that she recently underwent “scary” surgery after being diagnosed with endometriosis.
“Dear friends, I struggled for a long time wondering if I should share this journey with you in such a public space. It came down to the responsibility I feel to share my story for other women who need help ,” the 24-year-old daughter of the late Steve Irwin wrote in the caption of a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed on Tuesday.
“For 10 years I have struggled with insurmountable fatigue, pain and nausea. Trying to stay a positive person and hide the pain has been a very long road. The last 10 years have included many tests, doctor visits, scans, etc.
Bindi explained that at one point a doctor told her that her issues were simply something she would “deal with” as a woman.
“I completely gave up and tried to function through the pain. I didn’t find answers until a friend @lesliemosier helped me get my life back. I decided to have surgery for endometriosis.”
Endometriosis is a reproductive condition in which cells similar to the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus, causing cramps and chronic pain.
“Crikey! It’s The Irwins star continued: “It was scary going in for surgery but I knew I couldn’t live the way I was. Every part of my life was torn apart because of the pain.”
She revealed doctors found 37 lesions, some of which were “very deep and difficult to remove”, along with a chocolate cyst.
“@seckinmd’s first words to me in recovery were, ‘How did you live with so much pain?’ Validation for years of pain is indescribable,” Bindi added before thanking her friends, family and the doctors who believed her pain was real.
“I am on the road to recovery and the gratitude I feel is overwhelming,” she continued.
“To those who questioned the canceled plans, missed messages and absences – I had poured every ounce of energy I had left into our daughter and family… Please be gentle and pause before you ask me ( or a woman), when we will have more children. After everything my body has been through, I feel extremely grateful that we have our beautiful daughter. She feels like the miracle of our family.”
Bindi and her husband, Chandler Powell, welcomed baby Grace Warrior Irwin Powell in March 2021 and named her after her father.
Powell, 26, also took to social media to pay tribute to his wife following her surgery.
“You are my inspiration to be as strong as I can be in all aspects of life. Seeing how you pushed through the pain to take care of our family and continue our conservation work while completely riddled with endometriosis is something that will inspire me forever,” he captioned a photo of the couple who snuggles up on the beach.
“The greatest gift of all is knowing that you have come out the other side of surgery completely endometriosis free. I can’t wait to start this new chapter of life with you.”
Bindi’s younger brother, Robert, also commented on her snap.
“Love you @bindisueirwin ❤️ You are amazing. Not only for your strength fighting through this physical and mental turmoil, but also for having the courage to share your journey with the world to help other women who are suffering. You are my hero, Bindi!”