7 Women in Hollywood Who Got Us Talking (FINALLY) About Endometriosis
Living in the public eye can mean a complete lack of privacy, even in the moments that it might be most needed and wanted. And while some celebrities choose to let the world in on private matters such as their health, as Zoe Saldana did when she revealed her battle with an autoimmune disease, the truth is, many live with invisible, chronic illnesses without the general public being any the wiser.
1. Lena Dunham: Earlier this year, Lena was forced to take a break from the promotional push behind Girls due to a particularly bad endometriosis spell. The severity of her condition ultimately required surgery, and she has since been active in events hosted by the Endometriosis Foundation of America. “From the first time I got my period, it didn’t feel right,” Lena shared in Lenny Letter. “The stomachaches began quickly and were more severe than the mild-irritant cramps seemed to be for the blonde women in pink-hued Midol commercials. Those might as well have been ads for yogurt or the ocean, that’s how little they conveyed my experience of menstruating.” Too relatable for far too many. (Photo via Jamie McCarthy/Getty)
2. Julianne Hough: In 2008, Julianne brushed off the pain from her then-undiagnosed endometriosis as a stomach ache, even if it “felt like a knife was being stabbed in me.” Her DWTS producers convinced her to go to the doctor, and an ultrasound revealed massive amounts of tissue growing outside of her uterus, spreading to her appendix and right hip. Initially, Julianne wasn’t sure if she wanted to go public about such a personal thing, but she credits comments and support from her fans for keeping her honest. (Photo via Jamie McCarthy/Getty)
3. Halsey: 21-year-old singer Halsey was diagnosed with the condition just this year, and almost immediately shared a very personal update with her fans about her diagnosis to remind them that they’re not alone. “I know how excruciatingly painful … and discouraging the disease can be,” she wrote, describing it as, at times, like being a prisoner in your own body. Halsey said her diagnoses was also a relief, as she finally had “every right” to “feel like the world was caving in” when her endo was rough going. “Just know I’m here if you want to vent.” (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
4. Tia Mowry: The actress has been very forthcoming about her fears that her endometriosis would effect her ability to conceive. “Not being able to have kids was an immediate fear. It made me feel out of control,” she said. Tia had three surgeries related to her endometriosis before ultimately giving birth to her only child in 2011. (Photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)
5. Daisy Ridley: It’s a shame Daisy Ridley felt compelled to delete her Instagram account in the face of relentless bullying and trolling, because she often used the platform to share personal struggles with fans in order to make them feel less alone. Just this past June, she did that very thing, disclosing her endometriosis diagnosis and reminding fans to trust themselves and listen to their bodies. “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 are working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed.” (Photo via Anthony Harvey/Getty)
6. Jamie King: Jamie was one of many women who admitted that her fertility struggles made her feel “broken,” and has even thanked Lena Dunham for bringing an often private and misunderstood disorder into the public eye. “Nobody really talks about endometriosis or PCOS, but so many women struggle with it. I have to thank Lena Dunham as being a big champion for me,” she said. “I used to feel like I was the only one who had it. Nobody knew how long it took me to get pregnant: that for seven years I had so many losses, I’d been trying for so long and I was in so much pain.” Jamie is now the proud mom of two bundles of joy. (Photo via David Buchan/Getty)
7. Whoopi Goldberg: Whoopi has long been an advocate for endometriosis education, saying at the 2009 Endometriosis Foundation of America Blossom Ball, “If you don’t discuss it, many more women are going to find themselves unable to have children, or find themselves close to dying because it’s led to something else.” (Photo via Whoopi Goldberg/Getty)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)