“I was losing my hair as a result of treatment” – Actress, Zainab Balogun opens up on battle with stage 4 endometriosis

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Nollywood actress and entrepreneur, Zainab Balogun has taken to social media to open up on her battle with stage 4 endometriosis.

Zainab Balogun opens

The movie star, who is popular for her role in ‘God calling’, disclosed that she has been struggling with the illness for years, and started losing her hair because of the treatments she underwent.

According to Zainab who shared photos and videos of herself receiving Zoladex implant treatment, endometriosis doesn’t have a cure but can be managed with medical help.

Read her lengthy post below,

“This time last year I was reminded that it was Endometriosis Awareness month. After a year I wasn’t ready to share. Stage 4 Endometriosis they said 💛

I took this picture just after I noticed I was losing my hair as a result of treatment. It took a lot not to burst into tears because I love my hair! To see batches of it in my hands stung. It still does but we’re gonna get it back 🙌🏾

Zainab Balogun opens

Zainab Balogun opens

I was really happy to finally have an accurate diagnosis because it meant I finally knew the root of twenty something years of excruciating pain. I liken the pain to someone taking a barbed wire to your insides and twisting it continuously for days on end. It’s not mere period cramps, aches or discomfort. It’s vicious pain!

Endometriosis aftects 1 in 10 women. It’s an unseen chronic condition that is often misdiagnosed. It doesn’t get enough attention or research. Endometriosis is when tissue lining the uterus grows outside of it. Endo lesions can form everywhere from the lungs, intestines, ovaries, Fallopian tubes and more.

There is no cure for Endometirous but medical intervention allows women to live somewhat of a normal life by managing symptoms. So this post is about encouraging women to seek answers for the little and big pains they feel. Is it a missed period, fibroids, heavy cycles, naval bleeding, hormone imbalance, fertility issues…Whatever it is, you can’t be afraid to pursue it for a healthier life. Don’t dismiss your pain ladies and get a Gyanecologist that cares!

Pic 1: After a tough morning trashing bundles of my hair, I was finally able to smile.
Pic 2: Incision sights from the laparoscopic surgery.

Zainab Balogun opens

Zainab Balogun opens

Pic 3: I was coming off my first Zoladex implant treaTment . I was tired, anxious and use to lose/mispronounce my words. I could see the word in my head but the fog took forever clear and so did the words.
Pic 4: Getting my second dose of the Zoladex implant treatment which gradually dissolved in my body and left me without a cycle for a year. The implant had many difficult side effects but it was worth it.”

See her post below,

Credit: Yaba Left Online

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