Kate Ford, 43, plays the often troubled Tracy Barlow in the popular soap Coronation Street. The character of Tracy is not usually far from drama with storylines involving drugs, family crises and even murder. In reality, Kate has had her own share of drama regarding her health and revealed she suffers from a chronic condition that has “not been easy” for her.
Kate Ford health: Actress revealed she suffers from a painful condition
The actress posted her struggle and sympathy for others going through the same pain on her Twitter account.
The star posted: “To all those other women suffering from #endometriosis I feel your pain.
“All plans cancelled for today and I’m off to bed. I suffer from this it’s not easy.”(sic)
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows in other places, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis.
When that lining breaks down, like the regular lining the uterus that produces the menstruation, it has nowhere to go.
This causes cysts, heavy periods, severe cramps and even infertility.
Kate Ford health: Actress suffers from endometriosis
Kate also divulged to the Mirror: “Endometriosis is a chronic condition that has affected me for many years and every month is a struggle.
“As well as pain, there are also psychological symptoms. I’m working alongside a fabulous gynaecologist now to try to manage the condition.”
She added: “I’m pleased my Tweet has raised awareness for a condition that is not fully understood.”
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
The NHS explains: “The symptoms of endometriosis can vary. Some women are badly affected, while others might not have any noticeable symptoms.
“The main symptoms could include pain in the lower tummy or back, period pain, pain during sex, feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in the urine and difficulty falling pregnant.”
Kate is a proud mum to her son, Otis, which she gave birth to in 2008.