Julianne Hough says she started having symptoms when she was 15 but wasn’t properly diagnosed with endometriosis until 2008 when the heavy bleeding and pain forced her to take time off from Dancing with the Stars for surgery and recovery.
To help people learn about the condition, Hough has become the face of an awareness campaign called Get in the Know about ME in Endometriosis. The dancer and actor stressed the importance of women being able to talk about the condition openly and being supportive of each other.
“So even if you’re not the me in endometriosis, there might be someone around you who might be,” she told SheKnows earlier this year. “It’s all about starting this conversation. I want to be a voice and a person who can help women.”