Sophie Dillman shared an emotional post after telling fans ‘the unknown is heartbreaking’.
Sophie Dillman, a former Home and Away actress, has continued to spread awareness about endometriosis by sharing a moving statement on Instagram.
Dillman, who portrayed Ziggy Astoni in the popular Channel 7 drama, has been open about her experience with the illness. She frequently updates her social media followers on her treatment and daily battles.
She posted a comment from “Endo Warrior” Susan Sarandon on Tuesday via the Instagram account of Endometriosis Australia.
The quotation states, “When all you know is pain, you don’t know that that is not normal.”
In a separate post on March 26, Dillman shared two photos of herself – one smiling and vibrant looking, the other washed out with a hot water bottle on her tummy – and said endometriosis could look like one or the other, “depending on the day”.
“I haven’t been able to move from the floor this morning because it’s too painful to even walk around the house,” the 30-year-old said in the caption.
“But then some days it doesn’t affect me at all. I don’t know when the pain or swelling or nausea will start or end.
“The unknown is heartbreaking.
Salutations to all of our spouses, family, and friends who help us on the days we can’t get out of bed.
Fans and other endometriosis patients expressed their love and understanding in response to the post.
“Soph, I’m so proud of you! There should be more awareness of it! Congratulations on speaking up about your experience, said one follower.
You are so resilient. I appreciate you speaking out and creating such a buzz. Always sending love,” added another.
In a video she posted a few days earlier for Endometriosis Awareness Month, Dillman discussed some of her experiences with the ailment and said that she first noticed symptoms when she was around 21.
She claimed, “I had really bad periods; I couldn’t get out of bed; I’d throw up or faint.”
Every time my period came, it would be extremely heavy or irregular, and it would quickly progress to additional symptoms like bloating, nausea, and weariness that were really uncomfortable for me.
“I finally had someone who listened to me and was diagnosed with endometriosis after many, many doctor visits and specialists telling me this was just how a period was supposed to go.”
Since then, her path, according to Dillman, has been “up and down.”
As she grew older, she admitted that she had experienced both good and bad years. Recently, the bad years had been more common.
Because it is a chronic condition, there is no cure; thus, you must learn to live with and control the symptoms.
Dillman is one of the one in nine women who have endometriosis, a condition in which tissue resembling the uterine lining grows outside of the womb and occasionally spreads to other parts of the body.
The stigma surrounding the ailment, like many other women’s health issues, prevents many women from discussing it or getting help from a doctor.
Dillman is dedicated to continuing the conversation about seeking the proper diagnosis, speaking out against suffering in silence, and supporting additional research.
Keep pressing your doctor for assistance. Please speak out if you think something is wrong, one fan remarked beneath Dillman’s video.
“Suffering ever since my teenage period. At the age of 31, I only recently underwent a laparoscopy to receive correct endo therapy.
“Doctors would always ignore me, claiming that I was going through growing pains and that was probably only a phase.