Zelda Harris, best known for her role Troy in Spike Lee‘s classic film, Crooklyn, is recovering after undergoing uterine fibroid surgery.

The 34-year-old actress shared a post-surgery update via her Instagram page where she wrote:

This year has been incredible. But through it all, I was fighting pain and discomfort within my own body. After months of trying to use alternative medicine practices to heal, I made the decision to turn to traditional western medicine to get help with my fibroids. That was a HARD decision – and it left me feeling like less of a woman. I had to go through a lot of pain at that stage. And then there was the impact it had on my artistic expression. As I was writing lyrics and arrangements of new songs, as my band was working on getting singles out, I had to go back into the studio multiple times because my pitch and breath and support were suffering tremendously as the fibroids grew. I felt like I was letting my band down. And because of the constant pain and fatigue, I felt like I was letting my job down. I felt like I was letting the people I love down. I struggled so much with that.

I learned some things this year. Believe your body when she tells you something’s off. Believe others when they mention they feel off. Seek guidance and information from all helpful realms. Try not to carry shame about your body’s ailments. Work not to carry shame for your body’s ailments. And breathe. Breathe through the pain. Breathe through the fear.

I want to thank all the female warriors who took the time to discuss their procedures with me beforehand. I want to thank the brave, informed women who taught me how to advocate for myself with doctors. I want to thank all the survivors. I want to thank all the men in my life who listened intently and asked questions and asked how I wanted to be supported and believed my pain was real. I want to thank all my friends for supporting me and sending me positivity as I prepared for surgery. And I want to thank @courtney.kakebeats for coming with me all the way to the OR and singing to me when I was afraid and staying tethered to the hospital so he would be there when I woke up from anesthesia and for sleeping on a much too tiny chair in the hospital room so I wouldn’t be alone the first night.

The next chapter is all about healing. I’m gonna be good to myself and take it one step at a time.

#fibroids #strength #healing #thankful#love

See Zelda’s original post (including video) below:

70 percent of white women and 80 to 90 percent of black women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50.

Please join me in wishing Zelda Harris a speedy and full recovery.