Emma Wiggle took time off last year as she underwent treatment for Stage 4 endometriosis. Now the popular yellow Wiggle is sharing more about the health battle she’s been waging.
Speaking to Who magazine, Emma says that her dance career means that she’s able to “handle pain well” but that the pain she suffered from endometriosis was next-level.
One in ten women have endometriosis and the condition takes – on average – seven years to diagnose. In those seven years women are dealing with pain and other symptoms which dramatically affect their quality of life – and even their chances of having babies.
Things took a turn for the worse for Emma last March while she was on a national tour with The Wiggles.
“I started bleeding every single day,” she explains. “I thought that was really bizarre.”
“One time we were filming here in the studio and I started to feel incredibly sick. So I just excused myself from filming and went upstairs to the bathroom and look, I have no idea what came over me, but I completely collapsed on the floor,” Emma told Australian Story earlier this year.
Luckily for Emma, a diagnosis followed quickly. She had surgery to remove five cysts but it left her in “so much agony” that she had to take a six-week break.
“Apparently, I just woke up and I said, ‘Sore, sore. I’m sore’,” Emma said. “I remember waking up and you’re just in agony. You can’t even roll over on your side.”
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“It’s that kind of idea”
Recovery was slow, with the popular Wiggle not even being able to lift a kettle to pour a cup of tea Perth Now reports. She equates the pain with some other life-changing events.
“Obviously women are having babies all the time and caesareans,” she said. “It’s that kind of idea — in a different way. Even though you can’t see anything from the outside, the inside is so painful.”
Emma and her husband and fellow Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie announced their marriage was over in the weeks after her endo surgery.
“I think my health was a real start for me to think about myself and to think about how healthy I was in myself emotionally and spiritually and physically.”
The pair are apparently still the best of pals and Emma’s back on tour performing with her ex like it’s no big deal.
“It’s so great having them and having Lachy as my best friend,” she confirmed. “I’m so lucky.”