Comedian and actor Amy Schumer announced on Instagram that she had had a hysterectomy and an appendectomy to treat endometriosis, a painful uterine condition.
"I'm feeling really hopeful and I am really glad that I did it, and I think it's going to change my life," Schumer said.
Schumer, 40, said the doctor had found that 30 endometriosis spots had spread from her uterus to her appendix, which was also removed.
She said she wanted to share the story to raise awareness, because "so many people don't even know the word 'endometriosis.'"
In the chronic and sometimes debilitating ailment, tissue from the uterus spreads outside its walls.
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