As the very-popular Yellow Wiggle, Emma’s decision to be open about her struggles brought much-needed attention to the disease.
Endometriosis, often called just endo, is a disease where tissue lining of the uterus grows outside the womb. It attaches to other organs and can cause severe cramps, bleeding and infertility.
Speaking on Monday’s episode of ABC’s Australian Story, she and her fellow Wiggles spoke about her diagnosis.
The 28-year-old said she first felt tired and run down in mid-2017, and was also dealing with heaver-than-usual menstruation, nausea and leg cramping.
Then, while The Wiggles were filming in studio, she collapsed.
Emma’s ex-husband and bandmate Lachlan Gillespie recalled how ‘frightening’ this was.
“She was just absolutely in agony. She couldn’t get up and she didn’t know why. She just had such strong cramps and couldn’t move, so that was really frightening.”
Once Emma saw specialist Professor Jason Abbott, he found it was “absolutely crystal clear” that she had endometriosis.
“I was really surprised when he went to see Jason how full on he said it was. That was a big ‘woah’ moment,” Lachy said.
Professor Abbott recommended surgery, which Emma underwent in April.
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