Days back, Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe Etim held an event with her fans titled “Conversations With Nse” where she opened up about her struggles with having a child and heeding her doctor’s advice on getting a hysterectomy.
The award-winning screen star who was quite candid with the audience revealed that she was diagnosed three years ago with Adenomyosis, a condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus.
“I was told I couldn’t have kids. And so, I had to have a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) to make me have a life again and to stop going through what I was going through. And I’m literarily telling women and men, it really doesn’t matter if you can’t bear children. What really matters is what you would do for the world, for the universe.”
Recounting when she was first told by the doctor that she would have to remove her uterus to live a normal life, she said,
“Tears dropped and then my husband squeezed my hand. It was reassuring there was someone there and it was telling me that this is reality, my reality.”
Speaking further, she revealed the ordeal made her fall into a depression.
“I didn’t think there was any point anymore because my society taught me that I have to be a mother to be appreciated and every time I went online, I would have one troll or two say ‘you never born? But I’m thankful that that didn’t break me. I’m thankful for Nollywood.”
She recently spoke to BBC News Pidgin about how she dealt with depression following the surgery, why she’s speaking up now, and how she chooses to handle trolling on social media.
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