Bindi Irwin says a recent surgery has transformed her lifestyle and given her a “second chance” at a happy life.
Irwin, 25, underwent treatment in the US earlier this year in a bid to win her decade-long battle against endometriosis, a disease which impacts millions of women around the world.
She first opened up about her health struggles in March when she revealed on Instagram that it had been “really scary” desperately searching for a diagnosis for years.
After being told to “put up” with her “insurmountable pain,” Irwin finally received a diagnosis and says that, following treatment, she has finally been able to put her pain behind her.
“My life now looks completely different than it did before I had my surgery,” Irwin told Fox News Digital.
“Over the 10 years that I was really battling with endo[metriosis] without knowing it, I would get progressively worse every week and in the end, before my surgery, I was barely able to get out of bed.”
“And now on the other side of surgery, I mean, I’m going for daily zoo walks with my family. I’m able to go to our management meetings and check up on our animals and do the filming work that I love and play with my daughter.
“And it is just so wonderful. I feel like I see the world in a new way now. I’m able to actually do things again.”
“It does feel like a second chance at life,” she added.
The disease can be crippling for those who suffer with the symptoms, which can include
severe pain in the abdomen, lower-back and pelvis.
Other symptoms that affect sufferers can include abnormal menstruation, nausea, bloating, and painful bowel movements.
Earlier this year, Irwin shared that her new pain-free lifestyle had transformed her relationship with her husband, Chandler Powell
She told fans on Instagram back in March: “I said to Chandler the other day… ‘Have you always been this funny?’ And he said, ‘I think you’ve just been in too much pain.’ I said, ‘I feel like I’ve just gotten a new husband because you’re really fun and funny.’
“I was trying so hard to mask my pain and be there and be present for my family. And it takes such a toll when you’re trying not to just collapse and hide it.”