Olivia Culpo is sharing heartbreaking photos from her recent hospitalization after undergoing emergency surgery for endometriosis.
The supermodel took to Instagram today to highlight the beginning of Endometriosis Awareness Month by sharing part of her painful journey. Culpo posted several photos from inside the hospital, including several after she woke up from the procedure.
According to Olivia, it was one of the most painful things in her life and wants to make sure other women don’t suffer the same fate in silence.
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“March is endometriosis awareness month ?Endometriosis was the most painful experience of my life and I am not alone as 1 in 10 women suffer from this condition on varying scales. I feel so honored to have been able to share my journey with all of you, not only to spread awareness but to also connect with the many women who also suffer from this. These photos bring back so many emotions, but mostly gratitude for finally getting the proper care and validation after years of severe pain and another diagnosis from a doctor telling me “you’ll be fine, period pain is normal,” Oliva captioned the hospital pictures.
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She continued, “I am committed to continuing to raise awareness so women know what to look for and can advocate for proper care before it is too late. Oftentimes, women are not properly diagnosed, and before they know it their fertility and overall health are irreversibly affected. Unfortunately, this is a story that is way too common! I don’t want that to happen to any of you so I want to share the facts: painful periods are not normal. Throughout the month I’ll be posting Endo facts and common misconceptions so you can learn more and share with others. To all my fellow Endo warriors, you are so strong and I love you so much!”
A few of Olivia’s famous friends, including Demi Lovato, posted messages of support on IG. “Sending love girly ? you’re a tough woman ??,” the singer wrote.
Olivia’s millions of fans showed up to support the supermodel, with one writing, “Thank you for raising awareness!!! After years of being told just to take birth control to “reduce the pain” and scans that would show “nothing wrong”, I finally found a specialist who I’m working with to control my endo. it’s been a journey and I still have a long way to go but finally feeling like I’m getting somewhere ?.”