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I Unknowingly Struggled with Endometriosis For More Than 20 Years !

She’s the Home And Away star who balances a busy work life with raising her three-year-old son Jack.

And Penny McNamee has revealed she has been diagnosed with endometriosis after unknowingly struggling with the condition for more than 20 years.

Speaking to New Idea on Monday, the 35-year-old said that she was diagnosed with the condition in January this year after trying to conceive a sibling for Jack with husband Matt Tooker.

‘I suffered through years of pain’: Home And Away’s Penny McNamee unknowingly struggled with endometriosis for more than 20 years before she was diagnosed and it affected her fertility.’

I had endometriosis but I didn’t realise it,’ Penny told the publication. ‘It was when we started trying for our second child that I went and got a whole lot of tests done.’

She added that she suffered in silence with the condition for years,

‘I was taught from a very young age to be very discreet about my period and that it is a very embarrassing thing,’ she said.

Shock: ‘I had endometriosis but I didn’t realise it,’ Penny told New Idea. ‘It was when we started trying for our second child that I went and got a whole lot of tests done.’ Penny is pictured with son Jack, three, and husband Matt Tooker

Revelation: ‘I feel now, at age 35, really angry that’s the way it is. I’ve lost years of having children and suffered through years of pain so now I’m forcing myself to talk about it,’ she said.

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She continued:

‘I feel now, at age 35, really angry that’s the way it is. I’ve lost years of having children and suffered through years of pain so now I’m forcing myself to talk about it.’

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it and can cause infertility.

Penny, who added that she was extremely lucky to have conceived Jack with the condition, said that, after undergoing surgery this year, she is now pain-free and has her fingers crossed about welcoming another child into the family.

 

Hopeful: Penny, who added that she was extremely lucky to have conceived Jack with the condition, said that, after undergoing surgery this year, she is now pain-free and has her fingers crossed about welcoming another child into the family.

‘There is hope [now] for me, it’s [so important] to make sure that women don’t lose years of trying to fall pregnant like I did, not realising they have the disease,’ she said.

Speaking on the  I Don’t Know How She Does It podcast in 2017, Penny revealed that when balancing a busy filming schedule with motherhood, a healthy dose of caffeine always helps.

‘We [Penny and Matt] just kind of take turns depending on who has got the busiest day,’ she said. ‘

Sometimes you go to work exhausted. Give me a coffee and hopefully I’ll remember these medical terms.’ Bright side; ‘There is hope [now] for me, it’s [so important] to make sure that women don’t lose years of trying to fall pregnant like I did, not realising they have the disease,’ she said.

Original article found here.

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