Tia Gets Vulnerable About Endometriosis
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and Tia Mowry wants to spread that awareness as much as she can. On Instagram on Monday, March 1, the mother two shared a post about Endometriosis and her fears about never being able to have children.
Before Tia shared her personal experience with decades-long pain, she reminded us of a harsh fact: "Did you know that Black women are LESS likely to have their endometriosis diagnosed and MORE likely to be ignored by doctors when we discuss our pain," she wrote.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects an estimated 200 million people worldwide. According to Endo Black, an organization dedicated to advocating and providing resources and community for Black women and women of color who have endometriosis: "Endometriosis happens when the tissue grows outside of the uterus and other areas such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, bladder, and more. There are about 60 - 70% of women with endometriosis who are fertile. On average, it may take 6 to 10 years to be diagnosed, and, for African American women and women of color, it may take 11-15 years for a diagnosis."
The actress and Anser co-founder then went on to share her story. "After learning about my diagnosis of endometriosis, I was scared. Scared that I would never be able to have kids. The word, infertility, just continued to ring in my ear; I was so focused on that," she shared. "But, I quickly learned that having endo doesn't necessarily mean your dream of becoming a mother will not come true."
And, as anyone who follows Tia knows, her dream of being a mother did come true and she now has two beautiful children, Cree, 9, and Cairo, 2. Tia made lifestyle and dietary changes after her endometriosis diagnosis, much of which is documented in her cookbook Whole New You. Her hard work and commitment to self-care paid off, and she wants to share that hope with anyone out there struggling fears around endometriosis.
Tia's health transformation ultimately led her to create Anser, so that anybody and everybody can take steps in their own lives to control their health. In a recent conversation with her friend Adrienne Bosh on the Anser Blog, Tia related her experience and the experience many Black women and women of color face to her decision to start a line of vitamins and supplements.
"One of the main reasons why I birthed Anser is because we aren't included or taken seriously when it comes to our symptoms, when it comes to health care, when it comes to our wellness, when it comes to self care," she told Adrienne. "By us taking the reins ourselves and saying look, this is what's going on, having people like you to speak on topics such as this, we will create change."
Tia ended her vulnerable post with a message of hope to all of the endo sisters out there: "Continue to hope and continue to heal."