More and more celebrities are starting to speak out about their experience with chronic illness, helping to raise awareness and break down the stigma so often surrounding the experiences of our Friends in the Fight. Singer and songwriter, Halsey, spoke out about her experience with endometriosis at the 9th Annual Blossom Ball, calling for patients living with endometriosis to demand better access to care.
Endometriosis causes the uterine lining to grow outside of the uterus walls, which can lead to extremely painful periods, heavy bleeding, inflammation, chronic pelvic pain. This disease impacts 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years, but they often have to convince doctors that their pain is a result of something more than “just bad periods.” As a result of this, many people with endometriosis struggle to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment for their condition.
In Halsey’s powerful speech, she called on patients to demand better care.
“If you think something is wrong, it probably is. You need to go and demand that someone takes you seriously. Your health is all you have, and especially as a young woman who has reproductive pain, you need to take care of yourself.”Halsey
Thank you, Halsey, for speaking out on behalf of the chronic illness community and encouraging us all to advocate for the care and treatment we deserve!