“My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed.” –Daisy Ridley
We only have one body, let’s take care of it. This was the message that actress Daisy Ridley shared over social media through Instagram. Daisy Ridley is a young actress who most recently starred in the newest installment of the Star Wars Saga. Daisy was not always as confident and healthy as she is now and was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 15 years old. She has lived with hormone imbalances that have affected her skin and confidence, and sporadic pain and complications from her condition. She described the progress she has made to take care of her body and to regain her confidence.
Below is the full text from Daisy’s Instagram post that accompanied a picture of her with a face mask:
At 15 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST. I’ve tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics and all that did was left my body in a bit of a mess. Finally found out I have polycycstic ovaries and that’s why it’s bad. I can safely say feeling so self conscious has left my confidence in tatters. I hate wearing make up but I currently don’t want to leave the house without it on. HOWEVER PROGRESS IS BEING MADE! (With some help from a dermatologist and cutting out dairy (waah, except for spontaneous ice creams) and cutting down sugar (bigger waah but gotta do what you’ve gotta do). Finally. Finally. (Throughout all this I’ve only had people being wonderful and encouraging and occasionally making me realise I’m being ridiculous and there’s more to life)... My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed. #wasthispostlongenough #maybethesehashtagscanbulkitupabit #alsohowmanybracketsdoesonewomanneed #ifyourereadingthisiapplaudyou #thisisaclaymaskincaseyourewondering
I was extremely touched by what Daisy shared, and the charge that she gives all women. I recently had coffee with a friend and she confided in me that she struggled with taking the time to go to doctor’s appointments and look after her body, just as Daisy has urged women to do. My friend thought that the physical things that bothered her, and her hormonal imbalances, where just things she would have to learn to live with. It is important that we get a clear picture of reality by going to see professionals and meeting our physical needs the best we possibly can before turning to radical acceptance. It is important to accept things as they truly are, but it is also important to seek help even if we are unclear on the treatment or diagnosis. We put others first, or get busy prioritizing other needs or wants, but it is essential to meet our needs. Mental health, mental illness and general wellness can be greatly impacted by physical conditions. Depression, bipolar disorder, and grief can be exacerbated by other conditions and are treatable. Experiencing physical symptoms can sometimes bring our attention to the various things happening in our bodies and how related different symptoms might be. Take Daisy’s advice and take care of your body today!