Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s Daisy Ridley bravely revealed her skin disorder to fans on social media.
Despite playing the main character of a new Star Wars trilogy and achieving instant overnight fame, life is not all nerf nuggets and blue milk for Daisy Ridley. Yesterday on her Instagram, Ridley made a brave confession about a health issue she’s facing that has us loving her all the more.
Below is the message Daisy wrote to go along with the photo.
"At 15 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST. I’ve tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics) and all that did was left my body in a bit of a mess. Finally found out I have polycycstic ovaries and that’s why it’s bad. I can safely say feeling so self conscious has left my confidence in tatters. I hate wearing make up but I currently don’t want to leave the house without it on. HOWEVER PROGRESS IS BEING MADE! (With some help from a dermatologist and cutting out dairy (waah, except for spontaneous ice creams) and cutting down sugar (bigger waah but gotta do what you’ve gotta do)). Finally. Finally."
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Having a disease or disorder of any kind is something almost everyone to relate to. In this day in age, there are few people who don’t suffer from a physical, emotional, or mental malady; I myself struggle with a digestive issue and anxiety, in addition to feminine problems similar to what Daisy is experiencing. Sometimes, as in Daisy’s case, a cure or even relief is not easy to find, and the most freeing thing you can do to better your state of mind is talk about your problem. Even if you’re sharing your story with a bunch of strangers, like Daisy is, it helps you find other people who are going through the same challenges and create a support system out of those who have been there and still are. And it gives you courage to stand up despite your health issue, acknowledge it and accept it, and accept you can’t give up trying to find a solution.
Not giving up on finding a solution is the moral of Daisy’s story, as the rest of the caption on her Instagram post shows.
"My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed."
Seeking help can be hard. For me, it’s financially challenging to go from doctor to doctor discovering what the best solutions to my issues and what the underlying cause is. Others simply don’t have the courage to admit something might be really wrong with their bodies. But Daisy’s words inspire me to keep trying to get better. Because what she said is true: we only have one body, and it’s up to us to do what we can to take care of it.
Daisy will make a fine Jedi yet.