Corinne Foxx, the 28-year-old daughter of Jamie Foxx, recently shared her endometriosis journey with the public. Foxx suffered for years with extreme pain, nausea, chronic exhaustion, and bladder discomfort during her menstrual cycle, assuming that these were normal symptoms.
It was only when her roommate found her curled up on the bathroom floor in anguish that Foxx realized that something was wrong. She sought medical attention from six different doctors, all of whom rejected her problems, suggesting she had hormone abnormalities or bladder cancer.
Despite the medical gaslighting, Foxx persisted in advocating for herself, believing that no one would fight harder for her health than she would. She eventually found a specialist who diagnosed her with stage 4 endometriosis, a reproductive illness in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, producing cramping and persistent agony.
The disease affects more than 11% of women between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Foxx had a successful operation with Dr. Iris Orbuch in October 2018, and since then, she has been free of unpleasant symptoms.
Foxx created a documentary to raise awareness about the disease, highlighting the lack of support and knowledge surrounding women’s reproductive health. She joins many celebrities who have spoken honestly about their endometriosis experiences, such as Bindi Irwin, Lena Dunham, Halsey, Julianne Hough, Amy Schumer, and Padma Lakshmi.
Foxx’s experience emphasizes the importance of advocating for oneself and trusting one’s instincts, especially when it comes to women’s health. She hopes that by sharing her story, other women will be encouraged to seek medical attention if they experience abnormal symptoms during their menstrual cycle.