Actress Daisy Ridley has opened up about her health battles, revealing what she has had to deal with over the past eight years would make Darth Vader squirm.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens star, 24, has taken to Instagram to share her struggles with endometriosis and polycycstic ovaries with fans, revealing her health took its toll on her self-esteem when she was a teenager.
Daisy was diagnosed with endemetriosis at the age of 15 and admits her condition flared up again last year, while she was promoting the latest Star Wars movie, which turned her into an international celebrity.
“8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST,” she writes. “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.”
She admits that feeling self-conscious has left her confidence “in tatters”, adding, “I hate wearing make up but I currently don’t want to leave the house without it on.”
The actress is confident in medicine and technology and reveals progress is being made by those trying to help her.
“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…,” she writes.
Daisy reveals she decided to go public with her health woes to help others dealing with undiagnosed ailments, adding, “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.”