Gabrielle Union Held Nothing Back While Talking About Her Health Misdiagnosis

Union also discussed her mental health and speaking to her children about racism in a new, wide-ranging interview.

In her latest book, You Got Anything Stronger? (Purchase It, $22, amazon.com), which serves as a sequel to her 2017 memoir, We're Going to Need More Wine (Acquire It, $17, amazon.com), Gabrielle Union delves into previously unexplored aspects of her life. The actress and author candidly discusses her struggles with infertility and the aggravating misdiagnoses she received for years.
Many assumed that Union's age was the primary hindrance in her journey to conceive. However, the true cause of her fertility issues was later discovered to be adenomyosis. This medical condition is characterized by the growth of endometrial tissue, which usually lines the uterus, into the uterine wall muscles. This thickening of tissue complicates conception and carrying a child to term for those afflicted with it.
Union expressed her frustration and eventual relief at finally receiving the correct diagnosis. "It wasn't me", she confessed. She and her spouse, Dwyane Wade, eventually welcomed their daughter Kaavia, born via surrogate, in 2018. In addition to Kaavia, the couple also co-parents Wade's children from previous relationships, and his nephew Dahveon.
The topic of racial discrimination has been a challenging one to discuss with their children. Union revealed that they've approached the matter in various ways over time. She emphasized the importance of actions over words when it comes to addressing diversity. The couple maintains these crucial lessons for their older boys, underscoring the reality of systemic racism, despite societal acknowledgments to the contrary.

"Zaya's journey has been fraught with obstacles," shared Gabrielle Union, speaking about her transgender daughter. "We can only reassure her that we will not abandon her on this challenging path. We'll always be by her side. Nevertheless, it's natural to feel shocked and hurt when the people you thought would stand by you don't — this could be teachers, administrators, friends, parents, family members, or even strangers." Union has found solace in therapy, something she has been undergoing for nearly three decades. The star of Bring It On disclosed to Health that therapy has served as a lifeline for her numerous times. Her therapeutic journey began after she survived a gunpoint rape at the age of 19. Her pursuit of therapy continued through her years at the University of California Los Angeles, utilizing the resources at the UCLA Rape Crisis Center. As her acting career took off and she was no longer covered by her parents' insurance, Union realized the need for a shift in her therapeutic approach. This realization is one that many women of color encounter when they seek mental health support. She stated, "I quickly transitioned into acting, so I had to find a therapist within my network. I wasn't aware that I could specify the type of therapist I preferred. For a long time, I simply chose therapists who were conveniently covered by my insurance. As my earnings increased, I realized the lack of Black female therapists in my network, and it dawned upon me how much I wanted one — I believed it could bring about a change." She eventually found a therapist who has now been working with her for around two decades. (Check out: Free Mental Health Services That Offer Affordable and Accessible Support)

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