Former Home and Away star Sarah Roberts has opened up about her endometriosis diagnosis.
The actress, who played Willow Harris on the Australian soap between 2017 and 2021, shared a photo of herself in hospital getting keyhole surgery to diagnose the condition, which causes cells similar to the lining of the uterus to form elsewhere and then break down and bleed.
In her lengthy post, Roberts talked about how she was feeling following the confirmation, addressing herself in the context of adding another chapter to her life story.
"You owe it to yourself to find answers," she wrote, "even if it takes 5 years and 4 months of unanswered questions from medical professionals, a lack of fertility, the testing of relationships, grief and an attempt at a sparkling smile to hide the cocktail of confusing emotions throughout it all...
"Maybe, just maybe, if you spin it… this is a story of hope and redemption.
"Of strength and perseverance. Of falling apart and having the courage to pick up the broken pieces and put yourself back together again, with a little (sorry, A LOT!) of help from your friends and family. Thank you. In particular, you Mum.
"Write about how you intimately made friends with Endometriosis and its 'invisible' symptoms because you have the courage to trust your gut, even when there are no guarantees and no cures.
"Let your fingers flicker across the keyboard with the moment you woke up in hospital after your laparoscopy and laughed SO HARD when the obstetrician finally told you that you had Stage 2 Endometriosis on your uterus, bowels and both ovaries that your scars nearly burst open with relief on the unwritten pages of your future. You weren’t 'crazy'."
She continued: "There is power in the sharing of our experiences to help others and I am so grateful for the women who shared their experiences with me and pushed me to search for answers."
Last year, co-star Sophie Dillman spoke candidly about living with endometriosis, having been diagnosed a decade ago and having undergone multiple surgeries.
Endometriosis UK has more information about the condition. Love Island's Molly-Mae Hague has also opened up about her struggles with endometriosis.
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.45pm on Channel 5 and 6pm on 5STAR. First-look screenings air at 6.30pm on 5STAR and the show also streams on My5.
In Australia, the show airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 and streams on 7plus.
Selected classic episodes are available via Prime Video in the UK.
You Might Also Like