Before marrying Jalen Rose, ESPN host Molly Qerim sat down with ABC’s Amy Robach to share her endometriosis diagnosis with the Good Morning America audience. “If I can connect with some other people and help them feel like they’re not alone, we can fight through this,” Qerim said.
Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, but for Qerim, the issue had spread to other organs.
“The endometriosis was not just in my reproductive organs, it was everywhere. It had all compiled into a cyst, which burst,” she explained. “And then the toxins were all in my body.” Doctors prescribed Lupron to ease her symptoms but, as Qerim noted, “It put my body into menopause.” She subsequently turned to acupuncture, which she called “a saving grace.”
Qerim also opened up about what it’s like to work while dealing with a chronic illness, telling The Blossom, “When you’re on morning television, people want to see happy, positive people, and my job is 24/7. So in my off-time, it became more about taking care of myself… There are times when I can’t leave the house all weekend.” She added, “It’s the ebb and flow of having a chronic illness… it’s kind of like your body is naturally keeping you in check at all times. It has almost become a second job.”
Although it’s difficult to discuss, Qerim’s transparency could help others who are struggling.