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Scott Morrison‘s wife Jenny has opened up about her ‘excruciating’ battle with endometriosis which saw doctors predict she would never have children.

Ms Morrison said her battle with the crippling disease caused her to suffer agonising symptoms including extreme cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.   

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that would normally line the uterus grows in other parts of the body and is the subject of a $58million Budget committment. 

The condition affects one in nine women in Australia and leads to a higher risk of infertility, a reality Mrs Morrison was facing.

‘I was told I wouldn’t be able to have babies,’ she told the Daily Telegraph

Scott Morrison's wife Jenny (both pictured) revealed how her 'excruciating' battle with a disease saw doctors predict she would never have children with her high school sweetheart

Scott Morrison's wife Jenny (both pictured) revealed how her 'excruciating' battle with a disease saw doctors predict she would never have children with her high school sweetheart

Scott Morrison’s wife Jenny (both pictured) revealed how her ‘excruciating’ battle with a disease saw doctors predict she would never have children with her high school sweetheart

Mrs Morrison was told after ten rounds of IVF treatments she should consider adoption. Pictured is the couple with their naturally conceived daughters Abigail and Lily

Mrs Morrison was told after ten rounds of IVF treatments she should consider adoption. Pictured is the couple with their naturally conceived daughters Abigail and Lily

Mrs Morrison was told after ten rounds of IVF treatments she should consider adoption. Pictured is the couple with their naturally conceived daughters Abigail and Lily

‘There were times that I felt like giving up, times where I might have given up momentarily, but was encouraged [by friends and family] to keep trying.’ 

She was first diagnosed with the debilitating disease when she was 26, but had struggled with tell-tale symptoms since she was a teenager. 

Mrs Morrison and her husband spent 14 years trying to naturally conceive a child before doctors told the hopeful mum, then in her 30s, to consider adoption. 

The mother-of-two stood firm on her dream and got in touch with a specialist who recommended surgery after finding her endometriosis had spread. 

She underwent a five-and-a-half hour operation in which a section of her bowel was removed as well as scar tissue from her fallopian tubes, liver and bowel. 

The couple naturally conceived two daughters, Abigail and Lily, now 13 and 11. 

Mrs Morrison spoke out about her experience as the federal government allocates $58million in the Coalition’s 2022-23 Budget for better treatment and diagnosis. 

She said she welcomes the spotlight the federal budget has put on the disorder, which will also include funds for a special public awareness campaign. 

Mr Morrison (pictured on his wedding day) said he has witnessed first-hand how devastating endometriosis can be for women on a physical, emotional and psychological level

Mr Morrison (pictured on his wedding day) said he has witnessed first-hand how devastating endometriosis can be for women on a physical, emotional and psychological level

Mr Morrison (pictured on his wedding day) said he has witnessed first-hand how devastating endometriosis can be for women on a physical, emotional and psychological level

The federal government will spend $16.4million on rolling out specialised endometriosis and pelvic pain facilities in each state and territory. 

The allocation will also include $25.2million to fund Medicare-funded MRI scans for women suffering so severely from the disorder their fertility has been compromised. 

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis occurs when cells in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body.

Each month, these cells react in the same way as those in the womb; building up, breaking down and bleeding. Yet, the blood has no way to escape the body.   

Symptoms include pain, heavy periods and fatigue, as well as a higher risk of infertility, and bowel and bladder problems.

Source: Endometriosis UK

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The budget will pledge $5.1million to develop management plans for doctors, $5.1million for research scholarships, $2million for living guidelines for sufferers, and $2million for a PR campaign. 

Mr Morrison said he has witnessed first-hand how devastating endometriosis can be for women on a physical, emotional and psychological level. 

‘I have seen first-hand with Jen just how debilitating endometriosis can be for women, the mental and physical toll it takes, and it’s so important we continue to fund new services and treatments for the hundreds of thousands of women who suffer from endometriosis,’ he said.

‘Our plan will improve the quality of life for women living with endometriosis, with record support, building on our National Action Plan for Endometriosis, so women of all ages can get diagnosed and be supported.’

In October 2019, Mrs Morrison spoke at an event hosted by the Australian Jewish Fertility Network where she revealed she had spent 14 years trying for a baby. 

She said she knew her husband, her childhood sweetheart, was also desperate for children, but was trying to remain positive for her sake. 

‘I did feel at some points it was way more important to me than it was to him and he was so gorgeous, he said to me, ”You are plenty enough, we don’t need the children” but of course he wanted children,’ Mrs Morrison told the audience. 

Mrs Morrison said it was far harder for her to accept the prospect that she wouldn’t ever be a mother and said the entire situation was ‘isolating’.

Mr and Mrs Morrison are pictured alongside their two 'miracle daughters' supporting an Australian sporting event

Mr and Mrs Morrison are pictured alongside their two 'miracle daughters' supporting an Australian sporting event

Mr and Mrs Morrison are pictured alongside their two ‘miracle daughters’ supporting an Australian sporting event

Jenny Morrision has been dubbed Scott Morrision's 'secret weapon' (both pictured) in the lead-up to the next federal election

Jenny Morrision has been dubbed Scott Morrision's 'secret weapon' (both pictured) in the lead-up to the next federal election

Jenny Morrision has been dubbed Scott Morrision’s ‘secret weapon’ (both pictured) in the lead-up to the next federal election 

‘Scott could cope with it far easier because he’s just a really hard worker and he’s obsessive about work – he could throw himself into that, still sad inside, but he could occupy himself far better,’ she said.

‘But for me, it was the holy grail. Everything for me revolved around wanting to have a baby and when you can’t have that… it’s like a natural thing that everybody else can do but you are unable to.’

When the couple were desperately trying for a baby, Mr Morrison would tell his wife: ‘You are enough… I don’t need you to have children.’

Source: Daily Mail

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