Although you may not believe it, celebrities are human, too. They deal with the loss of loved ones, financial struggles, fits of depression, and health issues just like everyone else. In fact, only yesterday, actress Daisy Ridley took to her Instagram to open up about her struggles with endometriosis and polycystic ovaries. In this revealing, candid post, Ridley stated, “At 15 [years old] I was diagnosed with endometriosis.”
As you may imagine, this has lead to some confidence issues—even though you’d hardly be able to tell. Ridley continued, “I can safely say feeling so self-conscious has left my confidence in tatters.” Yet, despite her lack of confidence, the Star Wars Episode VII actor did not let her doubts deter her from finding a solution.
The Instagram photo, a selfie of her smiling, face splattered with a facial mask, sporting a discernible red t-shirt, has a wall of text, openly discussing her struggle with the disease for eight years. She says, “One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST.”
After years of consultations, pain, skin problems, and product trials, it seems “progress has been made” on her end. With the help of an expertly skilled dermatologist and recommended dietary changes, Ms. Ridley is finally seeing the fruits of her labor.
— Daisy Ridley❄ (@_DaisyRidley_) May 9, 2016
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Daisy Ridley, 24, isn’t the only celebrity to open up about her struggles with endometriosis. In her Lenny Letter post in November of last year, titled “The Sickest Girl“, Girls creator Lena Dunham openly discussed her battle with endometriosis. Padma Lakshmi wrote about the condition in her most recent memoir, Love, Loss, and What We Ate. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lakshmi explains how the condition led to her divorce with author Salman Rushdie in 2007. Tragic, really.
Further touching on her lack of self-confidence because of the condition, Daisy writes, “I hate wearing make up but I currently don’t want to leave the house without it on.” In Ridley fashion, she adds a little humor to the post. “Throughout all this I’ve only had people being wonderful and encouraging and occasionally making me realise I’m being ridiculous and there’s more to life…”
She concludes her post with a call to action, essentially telling everyone to take care of their body.
“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 is working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed.”
Whatever the case, she’s still absolutely flawless. You can’t deny that.
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