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Actress Zainab Balogun has spoken out about how she battled and overcame stage four endometriosis and heavy periods with the help of God.
During a live session with her Instagram followers, the beautiful and happily married actress Zainab Balogun encouraged women in pain to seek solutions rather than simply accepting their situation.
She narrated how she always suffered from excruciating period pains from age 12, and a TVS scan revealed 2 twisted ovarian cysts on both her ovaries last year, making her go for surgery. After the cysts were removed however, she was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis and it was so aggressive that she had to get an implant after surgery.
Sharing clips on her Instagram page, Zainab Balogun further disclosed thus “Life Update: Surgery & What’s been going on…
Sometime in August 2020, God said “Zainab, I am with you” in a room and country that I wasn’t physically in. When I was told i thought “aww that’s nice” but little did I know what he meant.
I recorded this clip back in April. It was so hard to do because I couldn’t articulate very well. It’s chopped up to make some sense because my mind was working against my speech.
Yesterday marked a year since my world was rocked and not in a fun way.
I’ve always had extremely severe periods and pains. I’m talking passing out in strange places, weeks off work/school and overdosing on painkillers daily type of trauma. This was the norm since i was a teenager.
Last year I had a cycle that saw 4 periods in 2 months. I searched long for a gynaecologist that I could trust and feel comfortable with. I found this in the AMAZING Dr Kemi DaSilva-Ibru of @thebreastandgynae. Listen, I can’t commend her enough!
Following a few scans, we discovered 2 torsion “twisted” cysts on both my ovaries which needed to be removed quickly. She recommend the PHENOMENAL Dr John Ojukwu of AVLSC who performed my procedure.
After tackling the cysts he discovered mid surgery that I had Stage 4 Endometriosis; a widespread of endo cells and tissue growing outside of my uterus on my diaphragm and liver. After twenty something years of pain, we had a root!
Treatment started immediately with 2 rounds of Zoladex implants to breakdown the adhesions. This left me in a state of menopause, without a period and with many side effects that were hard to deal with. They say Endo has no cure and symptoms can only be managed but I laugh knowing different.
I have danced with what to say and how to say it but ultimately I want people to understand that there is nothing normal about sever period pains or hormone imbalances that affect the quality of your life. It’s not ok! It should not be ignored! I want to encourage someone in pain to look for answers. I hope to share my journey, raise awareness and learn from women who have a similar story to tell.
I am riding the wave with the best family/friends. God really did kept that promise to be with me after all”
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Zainab Balogun-Nwachukwu is a Nigerian model, actress, and television host. She began modelling at a young age after being scouted at the age of 16. She has appeared in a number of international campaigns for various brands.
Balogun married Dikko Nwachukwu, the founder of Jetwest Airways, in May 2018. The couple married in traditional fashion on May 13 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Balogun lives in both London, England, and Lagos, Nigeria.