Bindi Irwin has become a notable name in her own right over the years. The daughter of the legendary Steve Irwin had big shoes to fill in the animal arena upon her iconic father’s passing, but fill them she has.
Indeed, she and her brother, Robert, have grown into adults their late dad would surely have beamed with pride at. Not only are they both working hard to further his legacy, but by all accounts they’re great people too.
I don’t know about you, but I was a huge fan of Steve Irwin, otherwise known as the Crocodile Hunter. For me, he was a pioneer, and the incredible conservation work he did will never be forgotten.
When Steve passed, he left behind his wife, Terri, and his two children, Bindi and Robert – then just eight and two respectively.
Though obviously heartbroken by the loss of their fantastic father, the family have endeavored to honor him every step of the way. They still own and operate Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, and both Bindi and Robert are actively involved in raising awareness for the plight of animals the world over.
In today’s social media age, it’s easy to stay up to date with what the Irwins are doing, but though it might look as though it’s all sunshine and roses – Bindi now has a child of her own, for example – it would appear there’s been some unpleasantness behind the scenes for quite some time.
As per reports, Bindi, 24, has been suffering from medical issues that have plagued her for at least a decade.
Taking to Instagram, the conservationist and TV personality revealed she had undergone surgery for endometriosis. She added that she’d been in pain for quite some time, though her problems were dismissed by previous doctors.
Bindi wrote: “Dear Friends, I battled for a long time wondering if I should share this journey with you in such a public space. It came down to the responsibility I feel to share my story for other women who need help.
“For 10yrs I’ve struggled with insurmountable fatigue, pain & nausea. Trying to remain a positive person & hide the pain has been a very long road. These last 10yrs have included many tests, doctors visits, scans, etc.
“A doctor told me it was simply something you deal with as a woman & I gave up entirely, trying to function through the pain. I didn’t find answers until a friend @lesliemosier helped set me on a path of regaining my life.”
Ultimately, Bindi opted for surgery in a bid to manage the pain and get to the root of the problem once and for all.
“Going in for surgery was scary but I knew I couldn’t live like I was,” she added.
“Every part of my life was getting torn apart because of the pain. To cut a long story short, they found 37 lesions, some very deep & difficult to remove, & a chocolate cyst. @seckinmd’s first words to me when I was in recovery were, ‘How did you live with this much pain?’ Validation for years of pain is indescribable. My family & friends who have been on this journey with me for 10+ yrs – THANK YOU, for encouraging me to find answers when I thought I’d never climb out. Thank you to the doctors & nurses who believed my pain. I’m on the road to recovery & the gratitude I feel is overwhelming. To those questioning the cancelled plans, unanswered messages & absence – I had been pouring every ounce of the energy I had left into our daughter & family.”
We can only hope Bindi’s road to recovery is a short one, and that she continues her great work, pain free, in the future.
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