On Thursday, the television presenter-turned-fashion designer shared a photograph of herself on the social media platform standing in a hospital corridor with a cotton wool ball taped to her hand, suggesting she had an intravenous cannula temporarily placed in her hand.
Chung captioned the post: “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member, but here I am.”
The 35-year-old tagged the image with several hashtags related to endometriosis including “#endometriosisclub”, “#sorryifyouhaveittooitsucks”, and “#endometriosisawareness”.
The long-term health condition can affect women of any age, but it is most common in women in their 30s and 40s. Its symptoms can range from pain in the lower stomach and pelvis to discomfort during or after sex, and heavy bleeding during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Endometriosis UK estimates that one in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from the condition, making it the second most common gynaecological condition in the country.
Several celebrities and the designer’s followers have commented on her post to share their messages of love and support.
Broadcast journalist Stacey Dooley commented on the photograph with several heart emojis.
US photographer and filmmaker Pamela Hanson posted a crying emoji, while French singer Lou Doillon wrote “same” with the hashtag “#compassion”.
Meanwhile, other women have shared their own stories about living with the condition.
One user wrote: “Welcome to the tuffest club there is. Like fight club, but with a uterus. [sic]”
Another added: “Diagnosed 38 years ago in the Bronze Age. A healthy pregnancy and twenty-four months of breast feeding radically changed my condition for the better for the duration of my childbearing years.”
Chung later posted a selfie on Instagram Stories wearing a hospital and a patient identification bracelet. Her hand is placed over her stomach.
The star joked in a caption written on the post: “This sexy lil number was completely open in the back and made from the finest printed cotton poplin.
“Ties and trims are grosgrain ribbon. One size fits all. Stunning bracelet made from digital print paper and sellotape (every bangle is personalised to order).”
In 2018, Dunham revealed that she had undergone a total hysterectomy – a procedure that surgically removes the cervix and uterus - following years of suffering from chronic pain as a result of endometriosis.
Months later, she underwent additional surgery to remove her left ovary.
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