Bindi Irwin has shared the incredible story of how a fellow endometriosis sufferer inspired her to undergo life-changing surgery that ended ten years of chronic pain.
The conservationist had 37 lesions and a chocolate cyst – a cyst filled with menstrual blood – removed by an endometriosis specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City two months ago, after privately struggling with the condition for a decade.
Bindi revealed it was an American woman named Leslie Mosier who first encouraged her to find answers and set her on a path to getting her life back.
The two women finally met in person last Saturday when Bindi flew to Los Angeles to attend a fundraiser in memory of her late father Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin.
Leslie, who is famous on Instagram thanks to her dog ‘Doug the Pug’, said getting to know Bindi was the one positive thing to come from their shared ordeal of endometriosis as they both helped each other through their darkest times.
Bindi Irwin (left) has shared the incredible story of how a fellow endometriosis sufferer, Leslie Mosier (right), inspired her to undergo life-changing surgery that ended years of chronic pain
Leslie posted a trio of photos on Instagram of the pair, and wrote: ‘Endometriosis is a dark disease, but out of my journey came a bright light – my friendship with Bindi.
‘When I was going through the thick of it, I couldn’t possibly see how any good could come out of my pain.
‘But the connection with another who shares the experience and understands you in a way that few can, is like none other.’
Leslie said getting to know Bindi was the one positive thing to come from their shared ordeal of endometriosis as they both helped each other through their darkest times
The two women finally met in person last Saturday when Bindi flew to Los Angeles to attend a fundraiser in memory of her late father Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin
Leslie said it felt incredible to meet Bindi in person for the first time, knowing they were both celebrating being pain free for the first time in so long.
‘We finally met in person and it wasn’t only special to finally meet, but we were both PAIN FREE! It was surreal, a moment we both dreamt of,’ she wrote.
‘The endo community is beyond lucky to have Bindi as an advocate. And I feel so lucky that we were brought together. Now that we are both pain free we have so many happy adventures ahead.’
Bindi, who shares two-year-old daughter Grace Warrior with her husband Chandler Powell, later shared Leslie’s post on her own Instagram Story.
‘Forever thankful for your beautiful friendship,’ she added.
When she first posted about her surgery in early March, Bindi said that Leslie was the reason why she fought so hard to find answers for her chronic pain.
‘For ten years I’ve struggled with insurmountable fatigue, pain and nausea. Trying to remain a positive person and hide the pain has been a very long road,’ she wrote in an Instagram post.
‘These last ten years have included many tests, doctors visits, scans, etc.
‘A doctor told me it was simply something you deal with as a woman and I gave up entirely, trying to function through the pain.
‘I didn’t find answers until a friend, Leslie Mosier, helped set me on a path of regaining my life. I decided to undergo surgery for endometriosis.’
When she first posted about her surgery in early March, Bindi (pictured in hospital) said that Leslie was the reason why she fought so hard to find answers for her chronic pain
The mother of one admitted she wasn’t sure if she wanted to discuss her health publicly at first, but decided to speak out because she hoped to help other women struggling with endometriosis.
She also wanted to draw attention to the fact doctors often do not take the condition seriously enough, noting how one physician had once told her the pain was just a normal part of being a woman.
She said ‘going in for surgery was scary but I knew I couldn’t live like I was’, adding that ‘every’ aspect of her life was being ‘torn apart’ because of the pain.
The mother of one (pictured with her husband Chandler Powell at the Steve Irwin Gala in LA last week) admitted she wasn’t sure if she wanted to discuss her health publicly at first
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis is present when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside this layer and causes pain and/or infertility.
There are a wide variety of symptoms – pain can affect areas ranging from the abdomen and lower back to the pelvis and vagina.
Other symptoms include painful sexual intercourse, abnormal menstruation, nausea, bloating, and pain with bowel movements.
The only way that the diagnosis of endometriosis can be made is to undergo a laparoscopy and have a tissue sample taken.
There is no cure, but treatments such as hormones and excision surgery are available.
Source: Endometriosis Australia
‘To cut a long story short, they found thirty-seven lesions, some very deep and difficult to remove, and a chocolate cyst,’ she continued.
Bindi revealed her surgeon’s first words to her after she woke up from the procedure were: ‘How did you live with this much pain?’
She said having this ‘validation’ from a medical professional after years of having her pain brushed off by doctors was an ‘indescribable’ feeling, before going on to thank her family and friends who had encouraged her to find answers.
‘Thank you to the doctors and nurses who believed my pain,’ she added. ‘I’m on the road to recovery and the gratitude I feel is overwhelming,’ she added.
Bindi has spent her entire life in the spotlight as the daughter of celebrity wildlife conservationists Steve and Terri Irwin.
Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.
Bindi was just eight years old at the time.
Following his death, Steve’s family, including his children Bindi and Robert, widow Terri, and son-in-law Chandler, have continued his wildlife conservation work at Australia Zoo, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Following his death, Steve’s family, including his children Bindi and Robert (both pictured) widow Terri, and son-in-law Chandler, have continued his wildlife conservation work