Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Millen Happiness Magese Biograpgy, Foundation, Age & Husband.

She is a renowned model who has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious fashion shows in Africa, Europe, America and Asia, and has worked with leading designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karen Millen. Yet despite her professional success, Millen Magese knows the anguish of living with a debilitating, life-changing medical condition.

 Millen Magese is no stranger to the public eye; it is part of her job description. At 5 feet 11 inches, she stands tall and regal, and commands attention rocking the runways of Johannesburg, Lagos, New York and New Delhi. But when she decided to go on social media earlier this year to share with the world her story of living with endometriosis – a medical challenge that she has struggled with since she was 13 years old and began experiencing chronic pelvic pain during her menstrual cycle – she could not have anticipated the ensuing response. Her refreshing and courageous openness about this often taboo subject instantly endeared her to a multitude of people, especially others who suffer from the disease and their loved ones.

Going public
After dealing with the reality of endometriosis for years in private, what prompted this change of heart? Magese says, “I was not always open about it until my wake-up call in February.” Endometriosis can cause infertility in women of child-bearing age, and earlier this year, Magese underwent an egg-retrieval procedure in order to save her eggs and provide her with a chance of having children in the future. “I was only able to produce three eggs. It takes its toll on you emotionally, in addition to the financial commitment involved. And when the trail to save my fallopian tubes came to naught, it was at this point that I decided to talk about it.”

Magese tells Radiant Health that she was also inspired by the Nigerian actress Rita Dominic. She became aware of Dominic’s social media efforts to raise awareness about the disease in Nigeria during World Endometriosis Month in March. “I was still recovering from my egg-retrieval procedure, and the result was just too emotional. Together with all that was happening, I felt it was my call to speak out without a care about myself anymore. If I could help one woman, that was enough for me. It feels good that I was able to touch quite a lot of women, and even better that I’m no longer alone as I go through this. That I’m able to speak about my problem is part of my healing.”

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