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Amy Schumer is one of the funniest comedians in the world – but her latest social media post was no laughing matter, as she opened up about the hysterectomy and appendectomy procedures she recently had due to her ongoing battle with endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition that involves tissue similar to the lining of the uterus growing outside the uterus (often the ovaries and fallopian tubes) which causes extreme pain and, quite commonly, infertility.
The 40-year-old Trainwreck actress said that she was “hopeful” following the procedure, and despite experiencing some soreness, said that her energy levels were already up following the surgery…
“I’m feeling really hopeful and I am really glad that I did it, and I think it’s going to change my life,” Amy Schumer said on Instagram.
Amy said that she wanted to share her story to raise awareness for the condition because “so many people don’t even know the word endometriosis” despite one in 10 women having it.
“I’m going to try to share this story at some point to raise awareness because so many people don’t even know the word endometriosis and it’s like one in 10 women has it,” she continued.
“It’s really painful and debilitating and you don’t have to live with it.”
Amy Schumer went into more detail about the surgery on another video which she shared to Instagram, and revealed that she had to have her appendix removed after the doctor found 30 endometriosis spots which had spread there from her uterus.
“The doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis that he removed,” she said in the video.
“He removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it. There was a lot, a lot, of blood in my uterus.”
As you can imagine, Amy had lots of support from friends and fans alike, including some very famous faces…
Padma Lakshmi said: “Thank you so much for sharing your endo story. Over 200 million women worldwide suffer with this. Hope you feel better soon! @endofound”
Debra Messing wrote: ” Oh my goodness, 30?! So happy they are gone and you won’t have that pain anymore. Heal well Am!”
Keeping things short and sweet, Selma Blair wrote: “I am so sorry. Rest. Recover.”
And Jennette McCurdy, who admitted that she too was “bedridden” once a month – we assume from painful periods commonly associated with the condition – wrote: “i was just told this by my gynecologist ! i’m bedridden for 24 hours once a month. thank you for talking about this. wishing you a speedy recovery”
We’re so thankful that Amy has shared her story, and wish her a very speedy recovery.
Get well soon, Amy!