Singer FKA Twigs Just Revealed She Had 6 Fibroid Tumors Surgically Removed
Singer FKA Twigs took to Wednesday to reveal some shocking news about her health: The singer secretly had six uterine fibroid tumors removed back in December 2019.
FKA (given name Tahliah Barnett) says she debated whether or not to share her ordeal publicly. "I had surgery in December and I was so scared, despite lots of love from friends and family I felt really alone and my confidence as a woman was knocked," she wrote.
But she decided to go public after hitting the dance studio with her choreographer and realizing she was finally starting to feel like herself again—six long months after surgery.
"I know that a lot of women suffer from fibroid tumours and I just wanted to say after my experience that you are amazing warriors and that you are not alone," she wrote.
What are fibroid tumors?
Fibroids are abnormal uterine muscle tissue growths—and they're actually super common. Around 70 percent of women will have one at some point in her life, Taraneh Shirazian, M.D., a gynecologist at NYU Langone Health specializing in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, previously told WomensHealthMag.com. (BTW: They're two to three times more common in African-American women.)
While most women never even know they have fibroids, if these benign (that's right—fibroids are not cancerous) tumors grow large, they can be crazy painful.
FWIW FKA says her fibroids were freaking huge—the size of two apples, two kiwis, and a couple of strawberries, according to her post. She described them as "a fruit bowl of pain everyday."
They were also making her bloated AF. "The nurse said that the weight and size was like being 6 months pregnant," FKA wrote.
Needless to say, fibroids can be super disruptive to your life. FKA says, "I tried to be brave but it was excruciating at times and to be honest I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again."
Some common fibroid symptoms include:
- Your pelvis feels heavy
- Your periods are longer or heavier than normal
- You're fatigued
- You're super bloated
- You have to pee all the time
- Or, you can't pee—or poop
- Your pelvis, legs, or back hurt
- You're feeling pain during sex
While fibroids are the leading cause of hysterectomies (surgery to remove the uterus), there are plenty of other ways to treat these suckers, including hormone treatments, ultrasound therapy, or myomectomy (surgery to remove the fibroid while leaving the uterus intact).
FKA said she's grateful to be feeling better after her ordeal and is ready to "let go of the pain."
"Thank you precious body for healing, thank you for reminding me to be kind to myself, you are a wonderful thing, now go create and be other once again," she wrote.
Video: Kristen Stewart secret leave Robert Pattinson after FKA Twigs proclaim pregnant with ex Robert
A Deadly New Reason to Avoid Deer Ticks
How to Say No in Various Languages
Blackheads — What Are They and How Can I Get Rid of Them
5 Psychological hacks to make yourself more likeable
Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe
Exercising With Asthma
Obesity Raises Womens Cancer Risk by 40 Percent
10 Worst Diet Mistakes You’re Making
London Fashion Week, Fall 2012: Days 1-3
Traveling With Your Allergies
This Is How Our Favourite Bollywood Stars Celebrated Rakshabandhan In Hindi
What Causes Brain Fog (7 Things You Can Do to Prevent and Stop It)
Alles wat je wilt weten over Tarantinos veelbelovende film over de Manson Murders
How Vint Cerf is trying to make the web last forever