Love Island star with severe endometriosis and PCOS reveals troll who blamed her for symptoms
Erin Barnett has unleashed an Instagram troll who claimed she was responsible for a flare-up of her endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.
The Love Island Australia star, 26, received the unkind message on Monday after she posted an Instagram story revealing she was suffering from a stomachache after a trip to a winery.
“Remember that time I had so much fun at the winery on Saturday with my friends?” she wrote next to a close-up photo of her bloated stomach.
‘You have no idea’: Love Island Australia star Erin Barnett, 26, (pictured) has been unleashed on an Instagram troll who claimed she was responsible for a flare-up of her endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms
“1 week after surgery, I felt okay enough to leave the house, got myself all made up and was excited to finally be on my way to recovery,” she continued, adding, “And now here we are, Monday afternoon. .. home from work.’
“I was in such pain while working, but I thought, it’s about… it’s okay. Every hour that went by I kept saying ‘hmm, I think something isn’t right, it’s getting worse, something is happening inside again!’
Describing her symptoms, Erin wrote, ‘Not why what’s going on! but look how swollen I am. I am terrified!!! I feel like my insides are on fire. I have another ultrasound on Wednesday. F**king Merry Christmas to me’.
‘I feel like my insides are on fire’: Erin received the unkind message Monday after she posted an Instagram story revealing she was suffering from a stomachache after a trip to a winery
Hours later, Erin posted another nasty private message from a troll cruelly accusing her of being “stupid” for visiting the winery in the first place.
“Why go to the winery with friends, in pain, then to work, in pain, then you know you are in pain for hours, a week after surgery and still not home to rest. That paragraph sounded stupid,” the critic wrote.
Clearly triggered by the unfriendly message, Erin wrote another Instagram Story post defending her decision to have fun with friends instead of going home and resting.
“Why go to the winery?” Hours later, Erin posted another nasty private message from a troll who cruelly accused her of being “stupid” for visiting the winery in the first place
“I’ve had an overwhelming amount of DMs with so much love and support regarding my previous story. Thank you,’ she began.
“I’ve also had some not-so-nice DMs tell me I was doing this to myself, that I shouldn’t have fun, I shouldn’t be enjoying myself.”
Furious, Erin continued, “If you’ve had surgeries since you were 14, removed the fallopian tube/ovary, ruptured 2 cysts, and were diagnosed with endometriosis, adenomyosis, and PCOS, come back and tell me how to live my life.” ‘
Hit Back: Clearly triggered by the unkind message, Erin wrote another Instagram Story post defending her decision to have fun with friends instead of going home and resting
Erin insisted she would continue to refuse to let her condition get in the way of pleasure, vowing to make the most of her pain-free moments.
She added: “You have no idea what this amount of pain, suffering and surgery will do to you mentally, let alone physically. All I want for Christmas is to be pain free.”
Erin also uploaded a collage of all the positive response she’d gotten from fans, none of whom blamed the blonde’s weekend festivities for her painful ordeal.
Supportive: Erin also uploaded a collage of all the positive comments she’d received from fans, none of whom blamed the blonde’s weekend festivities for her painful ordeal
Erin first discovered she had these debilitating conditions when she had a three-liter cyst removed from her ovary at age 15.
In 2019, Erin also revealed that she cannot have children naturally.
“There will probably always be a little part of me that feels a little sad that it (birth) is an experience I’ll never have,” Erin said on Instagram at the time.
Test: Erin first discovered she had these debilitating conditions when she had a three-liter cyst removed from her ovary at age 15
“I still consider myself very lucky. I met [boyfriend Mick Russell] a single father, so I am a stepmother to three wonderful children.”
PCOS is a condition that causes a woman to produce an unusually high amount of male hormones.
The condition can cause female infertility, acne, pigmentation, excess facial or body hair, and insulin resistance.
”There will probably always be a little part of me that feels a little sad’: In 2019, Erin also revealed that she can’t have children naturally
Endometriosis also affects female reproduction, but it differs from PCOS in that it is caused by abnormal cell growth outside the uterus.
Adenomyosis is similar to endometriosis in that it is associated with abnormal endometrial cell growth.
While endometriosis involves cell growth outside the uterus, adenomyosis occurs when abnormal cells grow inside the muscle of the uterus.
Common symptoms for endometriosis and adenomyosis include extreme pelvic pain during a woman’s menstrual period, chronic pelvic pain, and bloating.
Erin has had surgery to remove cysts in the ovaries, her right ovary, and both fallopian tubes as a result of her battle with these conditions.
WHAT IS ENDOMETRISIS?
Endometriosis is present when tissue similar to the lining of the womb (uterus) grows outside this layer and causes pain and/or infertility.
There is a wide variety of symptoms – pain can affect areas ranging from the abdomen and lower back to the pelvis and vagina.
Other symptoms include painful intercourse, abnormal periods, nausea, bloating, and pain with bowel movements.
The only way to diagnose endometriosis is to have a laparoscopy and have a tissue sample taken.
There is no cure, but treatments such as hormones and excisional surgery are available.
Source: Endometriosis Australia