SHE’S one of Australia’s biggest modelling exports who has featured in Sports Illustrated, Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazine.
But Robyn Lawley says becoming a mother has been her biggest challenge and she won’t have any more children because of the “horrific” condition she developed during the late stages of her pregnancy.
Speaking at the Pink Hope’s ‘Pinky Promise’ breakfast in Sydney on Tuesday, Lawley — who gave birth to her daughter Ripley in February 2015 — said being diagnosed with the auto-immune illness SLE lupus was the most “painful” ordeal she’s ever been through.
“I had symptoms towards the end of the pregnancy,” Lawley told news.com.au.
“It started in the muscles. I couldn’t pick up things very well and I was losing the ability to walk and to talk.
“I have a super high pain threshold … I delivered an 11 pound baby … so when I couldn’t even pick up things, the doctors, at first, didn’t take me seriously.
“It wasn’t until my family — my sisters and my mum came over and saw me and said ‘That’s not how Robyn is’.
“They wheelchaired me off to hospital and that’s when I got checked out [and diagnosed].”
Lawley said the worst part of the auto-immune condition, which she didn’t know existed prior to being diagnosed, was the increased feeling of paranoia and exhaustion around…
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