After opening up about her recent miscarriage, where Chrissy and husband John Legend lost their unborn baby, Jack, in late September of 2020, Chrissy revealed in February this year that she would be undergoing surgery for her endometriosis. The condition, which affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years, occurs when endometrial-like tissue (similar to that found lining the uterus) is found in other parts of the body, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes, and the outside of the uterus. These tissues respond to hormones released by the ovaries, causing bleeding, which in turn can lead to scarring and inflammation.
In a tweet, the actress shared that the symptoms of her condition reminded her of her baby Jack, who was due to be born that week. “My little Jack would have been born this week so I’m a bit off,” wrote Chrissy. “I truly feel kicks in my belly, but it’s not phantom…the period feeling this month is exactly like baby kicks.”\
“I’ll pretend it’s him saying hi,” she said. “It never stops.”
Following her surgery, Chrissy shared an image of herself with her stomach bandaged. She asked her followers to share their own experience after endometriosis surgery, asking what the recovery experience is like.
“I’m OK, I’m home now,” said Chrissy in a video. “I’m all numbed up.”
She added, “This [surgery is] a toughie. My whole belly got numbed. It’s gonna be numb for like, a couple days…It makes it hard, every little cough and stuff. But it is truly still better than the contractions and the pain of endo.”
More recently, Chrissy has shared her scars from endometriosis and breast implant removal, an operation she had in July of last year. When she elected for breast implant removal surgery, Chrissy expressed that she decided it was time because she was “over it.”
She said, “I’d like to be able to zip a dress in my size, lay on my belly with pure comfort! No biggie! So don’t worry about me! All good. I’ll still have boobs, they’ll just be pure fat. Which is all a tit is in the first place. A dumb, miraculous bag of fat.”
There’s no doubt Chrissy has been through it in recent years, but this message of self-love and body acceptance is an empowering one.