Bindi Irwin Opens Up About her 10-year Struggle with Endometriosis
Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin, recently revealed that she has been battling endometriosis for the past decade. In a heartfelt social media post, she shared her journey and the recent surgery she underwent to treat the condition.
"For 10 years, I’ve been dealing with overwhelming fatigue, pain, and nausea. Trying to stay positive and hide the pain has been incredibly challenging," Irwin expressed in her post. She recounted the numerous tests, doctor visits, and scans she had gone through, only to be told that it was something women simply had to endure. But with the encouragement of a friend, she continued searching for answers and eventually opted for surgery.
During the surgery, doctors discovered 37 lesions, some of which were deep and difficult to remove, as well as a chocolate cyst. Irwin’s doctor was astounded by the level of pain she had been enduring for so long. The relief of finally finding answers and receiving treatment was indescribable for Irwin.
Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus, often affecting the pelvic tissue, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. This condition is known for causing severe pain and can impact fertility and menstruation. Chocolate cysts, or endometriomas, are cystic lesions found in the ovaries filled with dark brown endometrial fluid, indicating a more severe stage of endometriosis.
Through her post, Irwin hoped to raise awareness about the stigma surrounding endometriosis and remind others to be considerate when discussing women’s health and family plans. She emphasized that appearances can be deceiving, and even though things may seem fine, someone could be silently dealing with pain and searching for answers.
Irwin concluded her post by acknowledging the millions of women around the world who are going through a similar struggle. She urged them to persist in finding help and not to let the stigma stop them. She ended with a message of support, saying, "Your pain is real, and you deserve help. Keep searching for answers."
The post received an outpouring of love and support from Irwin’s celebrity friends, including her former "Dancing with the Stars" partner Derek Hough and fellow endometriosis sufferer Amy Schumer.
Irwin’s journey is not only a testament to her strength and resilience but also a source of inspiration for other women battling endometriosis. By sharing her story, she continues her father’s legacy of raising awareness about wildlife conservation and now women’s health. Bindi Irwin is a true hero for not only overcoming physical and mental turmoil but also for using her platform to help others facing similar struggles.
Bindi Sue Irwin was born in Buderim, Queensland. Her first name comes from the name of her father’s favourite female crocodile at Australia Zoo, and her middle name, Sue, is from the family’s late dog Sui, who died in her sleep from cancer on 23 June 2004 at the age of 15. According to her father, Bindi is an Nyungar language word that means “young girl”.
Irwin began appearing on television shows as early as age two. She appeared regularly in her father’s television shows, including The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, and in the 2002 film The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari in a credited cast role. She is of English, Irish and Swedish ancestry, with abundance of Irish ancestry on her father’s side. Irwin said about being a dual citizen (Australian-American), in an interview with Brisbane Times: “What’s really nice is being a dual citizen both here and in the US so I think I get to vote there as well.”