The body is a fascinating thing, isn’t it? (No, we are not talking about those bingo wings which allow you to take flight after one too many bevs on a Friday after work). It works so seamlessly, most of the time.
But when things go wrong, oh boy, do they go wrong. Sometimes the problems we face with our own health are SO embarrassing that we loathe to go and see a professional and get it fixed – instead pushing it to the back of our minds, hoping and praying to the love of God that it will somehow disappear (that reminds me, still need to get the glass removed from my foot from Bab’s bday bash 2 years ago).
Now, there’s some of us out there who simply have no shame. So much so, appearing on national TV with your self-admitted ’embarrassing’ illness causes no qualms: yes, you guessed it, we are talking about Embarrassing bodies.
As shocking as some of these illnesses are, we cannot help but watch (through the gaps in our fingers as we cover our face), but which is the most shocking illness of all?
They faced some surprises
Whilst starring as presenters on this show, they’ve certainly faced some particularly shocking health problems…
1. No womb or vagina
Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome. That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it? It’s actually a disorder that affects around 1 in 5,000 women. And it was twenty-two year old Kelly who wandered into the Embarrassing Bodies clinic with this problem.
She has no uterus and only half of a vagina. She’s since undergone surgery to stretch the latter, but women with the condition are never able to have children except via IVF. Kelly admitted:
“The worst thing about the condition is how alone it can make you feel.”
2. Over-sized boobs
Eighteen year old Sherry made her way into the clinic to get an interesting problem off her chest.
She’d actually been suffering with her breasts – which turned out to be sized at a remarkable 30 JJ (damn, girl!), and were described as an ‘overload’ to her bathroom scales.
3. Extreme foot verrucas
This is an actual image of Charlotte’s foot. She was an eight year old girl from Suffolk. It shocked all watching due to the horrendous overgrowth of verrucas on her foot.