Jill Martin suffered from fibroids – which left her “physically deformed and swollen” – for two years before finally having surgery.
In an essay posted online Wednesday, the ‘Today’ contributor revealed that fibroids – non-cancerous growths on the uterus – had left her so swollen that viewers would ask her if she was pregnant.
“I couldn’t go anywhere without my heating pad. It hurt to have sex,” she wrote. “Oh, and another fabulous thing: when someone said something funny, I peed.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, depending on the size and location of the fibroids, women may experience heavy periods, pelvic and/or leg pain, increased urination, and difficulty emptying the bladder.
Martin, 45, said she first learned she had fibroids during a gynecological exam in 2019.
The TV personality wrote that at first, although “my fibroids were painful, they were manageable. But recently they became so painful that I needed to do something.
Through research with her fiancé Erik Brooks, she found a radiologist, Dr. Marc Schiffman, and underwent a procedure called uterine fibroid embolization, which cuts off blood flow to fibroids, causing them to shrink.
Martin thought she had two fibroids, but was shocked to discover she actually had 18. She won’t know if the treatment was successful for six months, but she hopes nine out of 10 women who have the surgery undergo “significant improvements”. or their symptoms disappear completely.
“I can already see my stomach getting flatter,” she wrote. “I’m still in pain, but it’s a good pain, because I know I’m healing. Dr. Schiffman said my body was slowly reabsorbing tissue. There is inflammation. My body just needs time.
For now, the fashion expert has taken some time off to heal and rest.
“One of the most important lessons I learned from this experience and wanted to share is that it is up to each of us to be our own advocate, to make the best decisions to live a healthy and happy life. — and to always be your best friend,” she concluded.
New York Post