“There’s a few things going on with me medically that I haven’t told you about,” Johnson shares with fellow Love & Hip Hop: Miami cast member Michelle Pooch. “I’m not dying, [but] I do have a medical condition called fibroids.”
According to Azura Vascular Care, “Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow in the uterine wall.” The masses can grow in clusters and can reach the size of a softball. Research shows that Black women are more prone to the condition, and 80 to 90 percent develop fibroids by the age of 50. They also experience severe symptoms that include anemia, pelvic pain and heavy menstruation.
“I have heavy menstrual cycles for longer than 15 days, [and] on top of that, I’ve been fainting because I’m losing so much blood,” the reality star adds. “My doctor said I would start hemorrhaging, which [would mean] I would then need to have blood transfusions. To avoid that, they’re trying to rush and get it out.”
The 35-year-old expresses her fears about having surgery and not knowing how much she will be affected by her menstrual cycle each month.
In October 2018, Johnson shared images from a hospital after having a blood transfusion but did not explain the reason for the procedure.
Watch the full clip below. Love & Hip Hop: Miami airs Mondays on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET.
What's Your Reaction?
Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.