For much of the time she was at CNN, Lizzie O’Leary was virtually non-existent. We’d heard that she had taken a prolonged leave of absence, but no one could or would say more. Now we learn all the gory details in a profile on Cosmopolitan.com in which Lizzie discusses her extremely painful bout with endometriosis, a condition that can cause infertility. In Lizzie’s case, she’s had her eggs frozen, she has a serious, understanding boyfriend. She hopes to one day be a mom.
In the story, they explain that Lizzie’s gynecological condition has, at times, caused her severe abdominal pain. She tells Cosmo, “I asked my gynecologist for 10 years: ‘Do I have endometriosis? I was told, “No, no, no, no. You’re young. You’re fine.’ A lot of damage was done to my body in that time.”
The piece doesn’t hold back on personal details. “From her teens to her early 30’s, Lizzie battled nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and exhaustion. …After logging a half-dozen hospital visits, (doctors’ misdiagnoses included ovarian cysts and hernia), Lizzie prepped for a 90-minute appendectomy in 2011, and woke up almost six hours later with no appendix and five inches of her intestines removed.”
As far as CNN is concerned…she found it tough to do her job and deal with her illness. For instance, she’d do a live shot and then have to leave and throw up. Now she works freelance for NPR.
Her boyfriend, meanwhile, has had to be patient about their sex life. He has also been understanding about her wanting to freeze her eggs.
Read the full Cosmo piece here.
Correction: We previously reported that the story was appearing in this month’s Cosmo mag. It was actually an exclusive to Cosmopolitan.com.