Robert Irwin became emotional on Monday during an interview on Sunrise as he discussed his sister Bindi’s decade-long battle with endometriosis.
The conservationist, 19, said he was relieved Bindi, 24, finally got the treatment she needed from renown American surgeon Dr. Tamer Seckin, after several doctors dismissed her condition as pain women ‘deal with’.
The Crikey! It’s the Irwins star’s surgeon at Seckin Endometriosis Center in New York City removed a total of thirty-seven lesions and a ‘chocolate cyst’ – a term for a cyst filled with menstrual blood- during her surgery.
‘Bindi was going downhill fast and living in hellish conditions. And she was turned down and told it was all in her head,’ he told hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr.
‘She’s now a new woman. I’m very vocal about women getting help and men putting it on their radar.’
Robert Irwin became emotional on Monday as he discussed his sister Bindi’s decade-long battle with endometriosis
The teen said witnessing Bindi’s experience made him more empathetic to what many women suffer through and urged other men to do the same.
Earlier this month, Bindi gave fans an update on health, reassuring them she is doing well after undergoing surgery.
She hosted a Q&A on Instagram and was asked by her followers about her struggle with the debilitating condition.
Bindi was happy to report that after a long, hard road she was finally getting better.
‘It has been a very long journey and a lot of challenges to get to this point. I’m very thankful to be on the other side of the excision surgery. I can officially say I’m finally feeling better,’ she explained.
Appearing on Sunrise on Monday, the conservationist, 19, said he was relieved Bindi, 24, finally got the treatment she needed by renown American surgeon Dr. Tamer Seckin, after several doctors dismissed her condition as pain women ‘deal with’
Bindi went on to say she had been living in constant pain for years, and it wasn’t until her daughter Grace Warrior was born in 2021 that she began looking for answers.
‘What was really hard was Grace not knowing what was wrong with her mum and not knowing what was wrong with me either,’ she wrote.
She added she was also diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, which meant she struggled to eat meals.
Bindi shocked her fans back in March when she revealed was suffering from endometriosis and underwent major surgery.
She shared a picture of herself from her hospital bed and said she wanted to raise awareness and help other women who might be suffering from the condition.
She spoke out because she 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.
‘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 began.
‘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.
The Crikey! It’s the Irwins star’s surgeon at Seckin Endometriosis Center in New York City removed a total of thirty-seven lesions and a ‘chocolate cyst’ – a term for a cyst filled with menstrual blood- during her surgery
‘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.’
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.
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.’
Robert said witnessing Bindi’s experience made him more empathetic to what many women suffer through and urged other men to do the same. The pair are pictured at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner this month
‘To those questioning the cancelled plans, unanswered messages and absence – I had been pouring every ounce of the energy I had left into our daughter and family,’ she said.
Bindi also revealed her daughter Grace Warrior, who turns two later this month, is a ‘miracle’ baby for her and husband Chandler Powell.
She urged her followers to think carefully before asking women ‘when they’ll be having more children’ because you never know if they are experience fertility issues, adding that she feels lucky to have had Grace.
Endometriosis is an often painful condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus also grows outside the uterus.
According to IVF Australia, endometriosis can affect a women’s chances of falling pregnant.
‘Severe endometriosis can distort the tubes and ovaries and can block the egg’s release by causing scar tissue or cysts. However, while mild endometriosis is, in some cases, associated with infertility, how this happens is not known,’ the organisation states on its website.
However the website stresses that women who suffer from the debilitating condition can still conceive naturally
Bindi was living in constant pain for years, and it wasn’t until her daughter Grace Warrior was born in 2021 she began looking for answers. (Pictured: Bindi with her husband Chandler Powell and their daughter Grace)
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