Fitness Trainer Anowa Adjah’s Fibroid Journey: “For Years, I Suffered in Silence”
You can catch fitness trainer and health enthusiast, Anowa Adjah, on social media being an inspiration for womene everywhere. Known as the curvy fitness pioneer and powerhouse, Adjah shows how the scale is not the “end all, be all” test of health. She is the picture of health, but recently, she went through something that is affecting a lot of Black women: uterine fibroids.
“As you can see, the area around my belly button is still extremely swollen,” confessed Adjah on her Instagram. “For several years I suffered in silence trying to remain poised and a continued source of strength for other people. However, things turned for the worse. Early last year I was sent to the Emergency Room for extreme Anemia which almost required a Blood Transfusion and hospitalization. I was having periods several times a month and my stomach was the size of a 5-month pregnancy. I became extremely weak and distraught. On February 25th, 2020 I took my life back. My recovery was 3 times worse than a c-section and, for the first time ever, I leaned on my village for support. I was in extreme pain but looked forward to feeling normal again.”
Roughly seventy percent of American women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50. But for African-American women that becomes a staggering 90% and that’s at a younger. Even with an already high rate of occurrence, African-American women are two to three times more likely to have recurring fibroids or suffer from complications from them.