You may already know Ebony Day, the British YouTube musician who was crowned MTV’s Brand New Artist back in 2013 and followed in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Connor Maynard. But if you’ve not been following her vlog channel you will have missed out on her heartbreaking news. After a series of trips to the doctors with “weird pains” in her ovaries, she’s been diagnosed with a condition that could potentially leave her infertile.
The 23-year-old went to speak with her doctors after having “really bad” cramps during her period, but after the ultrasound tests came back negative, she could tell something was still wrong. She pushed her doctors to “search harder” and after an operation through her stomach to find growths on her uterus, Ebony was diagnosed with Endometriosis – a chronic condition that makes it incredibly difficult to get pregnant, or worse yet, could leave you infertile.
The condition affects over 2 million women in the UK alone, and causes extreme pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or lower back in addition to rendering the worst cases of the condition completely infertile. Even though Ebony is trying to “stay positive”, the news came only two weeks after getting engaged to her partner David Gibbs – so she now plans on raising awareness of the condition to young women watching her videos.
Luckily for Ebony, her Endometriosis was caught early after doctors only found “a moderate amount”, and this hopefully means that “we should be okay when we try and have children”. However, Ebony will likely need operations for the rest of her life to fight away the growths and stop the condition from ever fully making her infertile. She posted the full story of her symptoms and hospital experiences on Instagram to educate people about the disease.
Hey. I had an operation today which brought some crappy news. If I can use my voice for anything then I want it to be for good so, if your a girl, please read this. At the end of last year I started getting period pains when I wasn’t on my period. I just blew it off and thought it was nothing but after passing out in the road from pain I knew it wasn’t something I could ignore. This is where I learnt about endometriosis. Endo effects around 2 million woman in the UK. If you have endometriosis, growths and scar tissue attach to your uterus and over your ovaries. Theres no cure and the main symptom is not being able to have children ? the crazy thing is that you can grow up with it and never even know because we put it down to just ‘having painful periods’. My doctor sent me for an ultra sound, which came back saying there wasn’t a single growth. Meaning I didn’t have endometriosis. However I KNEW something was wrong. After looking online I found out that an ultrasound can’t actually give you a definite answer. It just gives an indication. No nurse or doctor told me this so if I had listened I would have gone home and put up with the pain for the rest of my life. The reason I’m telling you this is because today I had an operation called a laparoscopy, which showed that unfortunately I do have endometriosis. If you know me and you know how much I love children this is really shitty news but I’m staying positive and I’m just grateful that I pushed my doctors to search harder. So regardless of your age, if you think somethings up and your periods start to hurt more, please get checked out. It affects so many people who don’t even realise they have it and I don’t feel like we’re told enough about it. I love you guys and I don’t want you to worry, I’m fine and I’ll just be recovering for a month or so. I do want you to look after yourselves though so if any of this applies to you, be an angel and go to the doctors please (and don’t trust that bloody ultra sound machine hahah) ???
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