Like many women, Chrisette Michele suffers or has suffered from a variety of reproductive issues—including PCOS, fibroids, and endometriosis. In a recent interview with BlackDoctor.org, the singer opened up about her struggle with the disorders.
“My cramps were so bad every month that sometimes – this happened twice within a couple years’ span – I had to be rushed off of an airplane or an airplane had to land to rush me to the hospital because I was in that much pain,” she recalled. “So after some time I decided there’s no way this is normal. And so, so many of my sisters – by ‘sisters’ I just mean girls in the struggle – were like, ‘You know what? That happens to me,’ and I was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to talk to my doctor about this.’”
Four years ago, she was diagnosed with PCOS. Eventually, the condition got so bad that she had to have one of her ovaries removed.
“It was the scariest thing that ever happened to me…It was overwhelming,” she shared. “I wanted to let other people know because I kind of wanted people to know that they weren’t by themselves. And, I wanted to see who else was in this struggle with me.”
The illness also robbed her of her vegan lifestyle.
“There’s no way that you can be a vegan and have PCOS at the same time, and you DEFINITELY cannot be a raw vegan and have PCOS,” Chrisette recalled being told by her holistic doctor, who is also vegan. “You need to be on a Paleo diet.”
The change was not an easy one, though.
“I didn’t want to tell PETA because I had just sat down with PETA and we were so excited. I wouldn’t tell the record label because a part of me was vegan. A part of Chrisette Michele is the natural hair and the vegan,” she confessed. “This is my first interview where I’m letting people know that I’ve decided the Paleo diet is kind of the way for me.”
Head over to BlackDoctor.org to read more about Chrisette’s journey and lifestyle changes.