“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley has shared a story of her own struggle with the painful medical condition endometriosis.
“At 15 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST,” Ridley wrote on Instagram. “I’ve tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics) and all that did was left my body in a bit of a mess.”
Ridley went on to say that the condition left her confidence shaken, as her skin issues forced her to wear makeup — which she does not enjoy — if she wanted to leave the house.
“HOWEVER PROGRESS IS BEING MADE!” she said. “My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac.”
“From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed,” she concluded.
Endometriosis is described as “an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus (endometrial implant)” by the Mayo Clinic.