My name is Starr Andrews; I have been a model, dancer, spokesperson, radio hostess, wife and mother. At the age of fifteen, I began suffering from chronic pain, which was finally diagnosed as Fibromyalgia. My mother also suffers from Fibromyalgia. Not much is known about Fibromyalgia but like many conditions, Fibromyalgia is generally believed to run in families. As a mother of a baby girl born in 2011, the fact that my daughter has a higher chance of suffering from Fibromyalgia frightens me.
During my pregnancy with my daughter, I also suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This rare pregnancy complication results in severe nausea and vomiting throughout the duration of the pregnancy. This is morning sickness times a thousand, which often results in the death of the fetus and malnutrition of the mother. Many women require intravenous fluids and medications to survive until the birth of their babies.
As a survivor of these two devastating diseases which are relativity unknown and very much misunderstood. I am making it my goal in life to increase the public’s awareness of these diseases. Hopefully with increased education of the public and medical professionals and additional research into these conditions my daughter will not have to suffer like me. I am also dedicating my life to be an advocate for other women who suffer from Fibromyalgia or Hyperemesis.
I am currently serving as the Chapter Coordinator for the Orange County Chapter of the Ayden Rae Foundation
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