Julianne Hough spoke about her condition, Endometriosis, back in the year 2008 and is now finally opening up about the painful condition more.
The actress and Dancing with the Stars judge has been suffering from the condition for quite some time and revealed how her husband Brooks Laich is helping her to deal with the pain that accompanies the disorder.
Since it is Endometriosis Awareness month, Julianne Hough spoke to E! News about her condition. She shared the fact that she had initially kept her fiance, Brooks Laich, in the dark about her condition as she was used to dealing with things on her own. She prolonged having the conversation with him until the day she was bent over in pain and could not hide her illness.
Hough said that once she and Laich had the conversation, it became a lot easier for her to let him in and help to deal with the illness. She also said that she had been learning how to allow someone else to be a part of her illness. "He rubs my back while I'm going through my thing, knowing that it's going to pass, but like he's not freaked out anymore. And now he feels like he's contributing to helping."
The Footloose actress continued, "As hard as it was for me to let go of that control, it's actually amazing. Whether that's your significant other, your family, a friend, your coworkers, whatever it may be this should not be something that you should be afraid of. It doesn't define who you are. In fact, I own it now and I am so glad that I have a voice to be able to help people with it."
Julianne also spoke about why it took her a long time to finally speak up about her condition and said, "Obviously, with my story, I came out with it in 2008 when I found out that I had Endometriosis. But then at the time, I was like, I don't know if I really want to talk about this, it's very personal and there can be some misconceptions about certain things and I was like, I don't have the answers yet."
Hough believes that she has a certain responsibility in sharing her story with other women who are possibly going through the same thing "to help other women so they don't have to go through this sort of like, silent, I'm alone situation, that there's actually an amazing community of women that are there for you."
One of the biggest issues with Endometriosis is the fact that you have to deal with the possibility of infertility and for most women, this is an extremely sensitive matter. Julianne talks about how discovering her condition ten years ago has given her enough time to figure out other options in having children. She wants other women to know that there are options when it comes to having children.
While talking about her campaign, the actress said, "SpeakENDO.com is the perfect place for people to go to get information, take a quiz so they can understand what symptoms they have, and if it could be Endometriosis or if it's normal, not normal."
Julianne has also teamed up with the campaign, 'Get in the Know About ME in EndoMEtriosis' to help spread awareness.
On her personal website, Julianne Hough gives a detailed account of all that she went through with the illness, "Starting when I was 15, I had sharp pains in the lower part of my stomach and heavy bleeding during and between my periods. I saw a few doctors who said it was normal, so I assumed it was just part of being a woman. As a performer and entertainer, I’ve always had a high tolerance for pain, so I just pushed through and ignored it."
"When I got my diagnosis, I felt relieved. I finally had a name for the pain I had been ignoring. I talked about my symptoms with family and close friends and it led some of them to talk to a doctor about their own symptoms. I’ve since found out most women can suffer up to 6-10 years before receiving a proper diagnosis."
Through the campaign, Julianne hopes to inspire more to women to share their stories and spread awareness about the painful condition.
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