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Sumona Chakravarti is a known face on Indian television, having made us laugh with her appearance on The Kapil Sharma Show. Recently, however, she took to Instagram to raise awareness about the serious issues that are often ignored due to social stigma.
The actress wrote a long post, detailing her battle with endometriosis and the mental health effects of the lockdown—coupled with mood swings due to PMS.
For those who might not know about it, endometriosis is a health disorder in which the tissue that usually lines the uterus starts to grow outside it. It involves organs such as the fallopian tubes and the ovaries. The symptoms include extremely painful cramps during periods, heavy menstrual flow and periods that last too long.
The symptoms of endometriosis coupled with the negative mental health effects that we have observed due to the second wave of the coronavirus has had quite an impact on Sumona who made the point that: “Thought i’ll share my feelings for whoever is reading this to understand that all that glitters is not gold. We are all struggling with something or the other in our lives. We all have our own battles to fight. We’re surrounded by loss, pain, grief, stress, hatred.”
Opening up on her mental state amidst the pandemic, Sumona wrote:
“Did a proper workout at home after ages….Some days I feel guilty, because boredom is a privilege. I may be unemployed & yet am able to feed my family & myself. That is privilege. Sometimes i feel guilty. Specially when am feeling low due to pms’in. The mood swings play havoc emotionally (sic).”
In the same Instagram post, she shared with her followers her battle with endometriosis:
“Something ive never shared before. I have been battling endometriosis since 2011. Been in stage IV for the past few years now. A good eating habit, exercise & most importantly no stress is key to my well being. The lockdown has been emotionally hard for me. Today i worked out. Felt good (sic).”
The Kapil Sharma Show actress was honest about the fact that sharing such a personal detail wasn’t easy for her but she did it with the hope that it might provide someone with some much-needed positivity in such tough times.
Sumona said, “P.s sharing such a personal note wasn’t easy at all. It was way out of my comfort zone. But if this post can bring a smile or inspire in any way to even a handful of souls, then i guess it was all worth it.”
Sumona was overwhelmed with the response she received to this post. On her Instagram story, she wrote, “The idea was to spread awareness about a health ailment #Endometriosis which is as common as PCOD/diabetes probably. Am glad a lot of young girls, women, doctors, husbands reaching out on behalf of their wives… have responded & realised how important it is to give it the medical attention it needs,” Sumona wrote on Instagram story.”
There’s no doubt that both the topics of endometriosis and mental health are not as widely discussed but with celebrities like Sumona Chakravarti raising awareness around these issues, we can only hope to see this changing.