The Coronation Street actress says dealing with the painful condition is 'not easy'
Coronation Street‘s Kate Ford has revealed that she suffers from endometriosis.
The 40-year-old – who plays Tracy Barlow in the ITV soap – spoke out about her experience with the disease after reading that singer Halsey is also battling it.
Kate took to Twitter last week to post an article about Halsey undergoing multiple operations to treat the condition, writing: ‘I suffer from this it’s not easy.’
So what is endometriosis?
Well, it’s a painful condition in which cells that would normally grow in the uterus develop elsewhere in the body.
This is usually in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissue around the uterus and ovaries, but in rare cases can also occur in other areas. It can cause pain, fatigue, tiredness and infertility.
It’s thought to affect around two million women in the UK, with most being diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 40.
It was last week that Halsey, 22, opened up about her treatment, sharing a photo of herself in her hospital bed.
She captioned the image: ‘Today I braved multiple terrifying surgeries. The most important of which being the surgery that would hopefully treat my endometriosis. For those of you who have followed this battle of mine or who may suffer with it yourself, you know the extremes to which it can be mentally exhausting and physically painful.
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‘OK HONESTLY I’m in total agony right now 😜😜😜 (and I’m going to be in excruciating pain for a while cause I had quite the cocktail of procedures today). But in my recovery I am thinking of all of you and how you give me the strength and stamina to power through and prosper.
‘If you suffer from chronic pain or a debilitating disease please know that I have found time to live a crazy, wild, rewarding life AND balance my treatment and I hope so much in my heart that you can too. I’m gonna be off the map for a few days but please know even if I’m not on social media I am thinking of you. #endowarrior #endometriosis 💛💛💛💛💛💛.’
What an inspiring message. Sending you lots of love for your recovery, lady.