On Season 28 of The Bachelor, we meet 32 single, gorgeous ladies all vying for Joey Graziadei's heart. One of these hopefuls is Ohio native Lexi Young, a digital strategist who is currently living in Atlanta, Ga.
Entering the competition at age 30, Lexi is looking for her special someone to start a family with. But there's one concern that might make becoming a parent difficult for her. "I have endometriosis and it will be very tough for me to have children, but I've always wanted to be a mother," Lexi explained during the season premiere.
While Joey hasn't expressed strong views about having kids, he is an extremely family-oriented man who likely wants to marry someone who will want to have kids with him. That said, could Lexi's chronic illness affect her chances with him? Possibly. Below, we learn more about Lexi's diagnosis and Joey's feelings about it.
Lexi Young details how she's been navigating her endometriosis diagnosis, which has included surgery, medication, and constant invisible pain.
Lexi has no qualms about being vocal about living with endometriosis. Ahead of the Season 28 premiere, she took to Instagram (@lexicoletteyoung) to inform followers about her condition, which she claimed she was medically gaslighted over.
"This diagnosis took countless doctors appointments and so many years of being told my pain and symptoms weren’t real. For me, navigating this invisible chronic illness has meant endometriosis surgery, fears of potentially never being able to have children and burdening my friends and family, egg freezing, endless medications that make me feel like a shell of myself, and more days than I can count of looking fine on the outside while feeling stabbing pain on the inside," she wrote.
Lexi noted that she wanted to "help shed light on the seasons of darkness endometriosis can bring by spreading awareness for those suffering from endo and other chronic illnesses, and continue the important conversations that need to be had around infertility."
In the comment section of her post, it appeared that her story struck a chord with many users also suffering from the chronic illness.
"Thank you so much for your bravery and sharing something that is so personal and affects so many women," commented one person.
Another said: "Thank you for sharing your story. I am struggling with infertility right now. It’s hard, I want to be a mom so bad too. Excited to watch you on this season. Seem like a great girl with a big heart."
Joey shares his thoughts about Lexi's endometriosis diagnosis.
During Episode 5, which aired Feb. 12, Lexi shared more intimate details about her endometriosis, this time with Joey. She told him she spent "a year and a half of not knowing what was going on," before being diagnosed with Stage 5 endometriosis. And after having surgery, her doctor told her “you may not be able to have your own kids” to which she said, “My whole life I do feel like I was called to be a mother."
Fortunately, Lexi's endometriosis is not a deal breaker for Joey. He assured her that there are "other ways" to have kids and start a family and that he loves her. Also, her condition isn't going to dissuade him from pursuing her.
Lexi says she underwent surgery to freeze her eggs less than two weeks before filming started for 'The Bachelor' Season 28.
Hours before Season 28 of The Bachelor premiered, Lexi took to Instagram to remind her followers to tune in. Interestingly enough, she also revealed in her caption that almost two weeks before heading to the airport to fly to go meet Joey at Bachelor Mansion, she underwent surgery to freeze her eggs.
It's clear that Lexi isn't leaving her fertility to chance, and taking all the steps necessary to make motherhood a reality for her in the future.
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