Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has popped her skivvy in the closet for now as she prepares to undergo urgent treatment for endometriosis.
“I have been in a lot of pain”
Emma will be admitted to hospital on Tuesday of next week to have a procedure to treat this painful chronic health condition. Emma’s final show (for now!) will be at Caloundra on Monday. She’s sadly going to miss upcoming performances in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, and the ACT, but health comes first.
“I have been in a lot of pain for the past couple of years and on advice from my specialist, a difficult decision has been made for me to be urgently admitted to hospital to have an operation to manage the pain that endometriosis has brought on,” Emma told her followers.
“I would like to send my love to all the other women experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, it is such a debilitating and painful disease and I urge anyone suffering with the symptoms of endometriosis to put your health first and get a diagnosis so that you are in the best position to manage this crippling disease.”
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Two excellent understudies will step in to take Emma’s place as she undergoes treatment and Emma is urging her little fans to cheer them on noting she’ll be back on stage as soon as she is well enough.
To our Wiggly friends and fans, Following medical advice, Emma will unfortunately not be able to perform at Dreamworld on April 17th and at our shows in South Australia from April 21st – 30th and the NSW and Canberra shows from May 12th – 20th as she will be admitted to hospital on April 17th to have an operation to manage the symptoms of chronic endometriosis*. Emma has said: “I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to perform in QLD, SA, NSW and ACT in the upcoming Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle shows. I have been in a lot of pain for the past couple of years and on advice from my specialist, a difficult decision has been made for me to be urgently admitted to hospital to have an operation to manage the pain that endometriosis has brought on. A friend of mine wilI be dressing up just like me so you can still enjoy the 'Emma' experience in the show. Sing and dance along with your favourite bowitful songs and don't forget to bring your favourite bow and dress up in yellow! Lachy, Anthony and Simon Wiggle will all still be there at the show along with our friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword. I would like to send my love to all the other women experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, it is such a debilitating and painful disease and I urge anyone suffering with the symptoms of endometriosis to put your health first and get a diagnosis so that you are in the best position to manage this crippling disease.” Whilst Emma recovers, the shows in the remainder of April and in May will be going ahead to avoid disappointing fans that have purchased tickets. Playing the role of Emma and donning the yellow skivvy will be two of Emma’s friends, who are gifted singers and dancers just like Emma. Emma and The Wiggles thank you all for your support and understanding. *What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common disease in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body.10% of women suffer with endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in teenagers. Symptoms are variable and this may contribute to the 7 to 10 year delay in diagnosis. Common symptoms include pelvic pain that puts life on hold around or during a woman’s period. It can damage fertility. Whilst endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs and the brain.Courtesy of Endometriosis Australia – https://www.endometriosisaustralia.org
Posted by The Wiggles on Thursday, 12 April 2018
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside it – in other parts of the body. It can take an average of seven to 10 years to get a correct diagnosis and many women suffer for years before getting the correct treatment.