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Endometriosis strikes twice on “Dancing With the Stars”

October 30, 2008

(Reporting and writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Only days after ”Dancing With The Stars” standout Julianne Hough announced she would take time off from the competition because of a condition called endometriosis, a second dancer has said she too has the condition — and it has made her “extremely weak.” 
Dancing pro Lacey Schwimmer, who is partnered with former “‘N Sync” band member Lance Bass, told celebrity television show “The Insider” that she was diagnosed this week with endometriosis, a condition in which tissue normally found in the lining of the uterus grows in other parts of the body.
Schwimmer told “The Insider” that she realized she had many of the same symptoms as Hough, and so she got checked out by a doctor and was diagnosed with endometriosis.
“It hurts very bad,” Schwimmer said. “Right now I’m insanely weak and the room is spinning.”
Despite all that, Schwimmer is not expected to take time off from rocking the ballroom on “Dancing With The Stars.” Hough, who had surgery this week to remove her appendix, will take at least two weeks away from dancing on the show. On her Web site on Wednesday, the 20-year-old singer and dancer said she would perform her single “My Hallelujah Song” on “Dancing With The Stars” Nov. 11.

Endometriosis is not contagious, and the condition affects only 5 to 10 percent of women.
(Photo: copyright 2008 ABC; Kelsey McNeal)


Yikes! It’s getting to be like an episode of Murder She Wrote, and we’ll find out at the end that the winner has been sabotaging the competition by disease, disorder, and injury right under our very noses!

Hope the rash of illnesses and flame outs is over and we get to see how a fully healthy cast at some point! On the other hand it gives everyone something to struggle against, which makes it even more entertaining!

Posted by TVFanNYC | Report as abusive

i wish Julianne all the best and hope she has a quick recovery from her surgery. I too have endometriosis, even after having had a hysterectomy in 1988, I still have the condition, it’s mainly in my right pelvis, and the pain can be so severe that i have difficulty walking. Hope the condition doesn’t affect Julianne’s career, she’s a fantastic dancer.


Assuming these ladies truly have Endometriosis, I sincerely reach out to you both. I have been battling Endometriosis for over ten years now. I have had 4 surgeries in 2 years and have been put into a medical menopause three times. Endometriosis affects absolutely every aspect of your life and I’m so glad it’s finally getting some awareness. My question though, is, did Lacey and Julianne have laparoscopic surgery to diagnose the disease? It is impossible to diagnose Endometriosis without having a laparoscopy. You cannot see it in an ultrasound, MRI, CT scan, X-ray or any other kind of test. You absolutely must have a laparoscopy to diagnose. I hope for the well being of these women that they do not have this debilitating disease. It has taken so much away from me and so many women I have come into contact with. I will be praying for both of them. And while I am overjoyed that the disease is finally being discussed in the media, I wish the correct information was being said. Having this disease is hard enough. Dealing with people who don’t understand or don’t believe is even worse. Please spread the CORRECT word about this disease.

Posted by Lisa | Report as abusive

Well said Lisa. After suffering for 8 years I was diagnoased with endometriosis in July this year. After having large cysts and adhesions removed from my ovaries. My specialist suggested that it was endometriosis but no one could confirm this until what had been removed had been tested. Endometriosis affects millions of women worldwide more women suffer with endometriosis than breast cancer but for some reason most women don’t even know what endometriosis is. It affects your life in every way imaginable and the pain is indescribable. as Lisa has in the past I am now being put through a medically induced menopause. Day to day is tough but you have to battle through. Please please research this and spread the word but the TRUTH.

Posted by Sian | Report as abusive

I couldn’t agree with Lisa more! When I heard about Julianne and Lacey, my heart really broke for them because I, too have Endometriosis (as well as Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, a disease characterized by varicose veins on the ovaries, uterus and pelvis and Interstitial Cystitis, a disease affecting the bladder, which I’ve recently come to find out is more common in women with endometriosis). I’ve been through a couple of surgeries and now we’re at the point where we’re considering a hysterectomy because my options are so scarce. This disease can be completely debilitating. I have had difficulty working regularly as well as participating other normal activities. I prefer to be very active and this disease has hindered that significantly. I haven’t ridden a bike in over a year. I can’t imagine how scared they both must be that this will affect their dancing careers. They are both so talented. I hope and pray that they find treatment that works for them and that they have good support.
Those of you who have posted who have Endometriosis, my heart goes out to you as well. Be strong and know that you are not alone!
Though I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, I am so glad that Endometriosis is getting more attention. Any disease with chronic pain can make the sufferer feel so isolated and there has been so much mis-information and so much more research is needed as the treatment options are not always effective. I hope that this attention will shed some light on those issues and that someday, we might even find a cure!

Posted by Lauralee | Report as abusive

horrible, I have this, and I can tell you, it’s very bad… one day you feel fine and feel like getting out and doing stuff… then the next day you’re slammed with pain, exhaustion…. It’s depressing….

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