‘This disease takes away so much’: Bindi Irwin’s emotional message as she’s honoured for endometriosis advocacy

Bindi Irwin has opened up about the brutal realities of life with endometriosis in a speech delivered at the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s Blossom Ball.

The 25-year-old Wildlife Warrior, who attended the event with mum Terri Irwin and brother Robert Irwin, was presented with the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s Blossom Award on Friday (Saturday in Australia), and this morning took to Instagram to share her emotional acceptance speech.

“I am accepting this tremendous honour on behalf of every person that has been affected by endometriosis. For everyone who has spent years feeling dismissed, unseen and undiagnosed,” Bindi wrote to her 5.7 million followers.

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Bindi Irwin, Terri Irwin and Robert Irwin

“I am also accepting this award on behalf of every family member and friend who stands by their loved one battling with endometriosis, desperately searching for answers alongside them,” Bindi’s speech continued.

“While I am deeply humbled to be part of such an important night, a year on from my surgery, I am here on behalf of the millions of my fellow women and girls who are drowning in their pain caused by this devastating disease.

“After sharing my story, I have heard countless stories from others battling with this disease. I am reminded just how strong the human body and spirit can be.”

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Bindi said that she will spend “the rest of [her] life” raising awareness for endometriosis and ”hopefully help others who are fighting insurmountable personal battles with endometriosis.”

“This disease takes away so much and can feel impossible to overcome. My heart breaks for the countless people who haven’t been able to receive the medical help they need. That is why nights like this are vitally important,” Bindi said at the event.

“We need to urge the individuals suffering with endometriosis to keep searching for answers, and not to give up on themselves.”

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Bindi Irwin, Terri Irwin and Robert Irwin

Bindi said she had come to learn from her own experience that there is a “desperate need” for education about endometriosis in the medical community, and a need to give doctors the “tools” to look out for the disease and ”believe women who are brave enough to speak up about their pain. To help them find answers and treatment.”

“My message to every single person that has endometriosis in the driver’s seat of their life – please remember that you are strong and loved and worthy of real, genuine help,” Bindi continued.

“I hope that my story may give others the validation that their pain is real and they deserve answers, support and treatment.”

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Terri Irwin, Bindi Irwin and Robert Irwin attend the 12th Annual Endometriosis Foundation of America's Blossom Ball at Gotham Hall on May 03, 2024 in New York City.

Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell, with whom she shares daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, commented a message of support on Bindi’s post, writing: “You amaze me every day. You have been a warrior through it all to make it to this moment. I love you and am so proud ❤️”.

Before receiving the award, Bindi confessed that she never imagined she’d be such a vocal ambassador for the disease.

“Endometriosis was taking over my life and every day felt like just getting one foot in front of the other,” she told Access Hollywood of the years she spent struggling with painful symptoms.

“Now to be on the other side of surgery, the gratitude that I feel in my heart is overwhelming.”

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Bindi Irwin with her daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.

Bindi underwent endometriosis surgery in 2023 and shared her 10-year battle with the debilitating disease publicly for the first time that same year.

Now she’s been honoured for her advocacy work, being presented with the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s Blossom Award on Friday (Saturday in Australia).

“To be here tonight at the Blossom Ball celebrating [not just] the wins for endometriosis but also to bring awareness for girls and women around the world who are in desperate, desperate need of treatment and care and validation, that’s why we’re all here,” she said.

Bindi is a mum and one of a number of prolific Australian women who have gone public with their own endometriosis battles in recent years and are calling for better diagnosis times, treatment options, and social understanding and acceptance.

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When she first went public with her story in March 2023, Bindi spoke candidly about the toll the disease had taken on her life for a decade.

“For 10yrs I’ve struggled with insurmountable fatigue, pain & nausea. Trying to remain a positive person & hide the pain has been a very long road,” she penned on Instagram.

“Going in for surgery was scary but I knew I couldn’t live like I was. Every part of my life was getting torn apart because of the pain.”

Like many who choose to share their stories publicly, Bindi posted about her endometriosis in a bid to help educate and empower other women who may be suffering.

She wrote: “There’s stigma around this awful disease. I’m sharing my story for anyone who reads this & is quietly dealing with pain & no answers. Let this be your validation that your pain is real & you deserve help.

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