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Top model left a social recluse due to 'nightmare' condition that ended her career

Mirror logo Mirror 16/06/2017 Rachel O'Donoghue

Credits: Eastnews Press Agency © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Eastnews Press Agency A top model has revealed she has been left a social recluse after being struck down with a "nightmare" condition that has ended her career.

Carla Cressy made a name for herself posing for lads' mags like Nuts and Zoo and even became the face of an energy drink company.

But the 25-year-old's modelling career was cut short when she contracted a devastating condition.

Carla has endometriosis, a condition where cells that are similar to those lining the womb are found elsewhere in the body. 

“I am reclusive. I used to be such a confident person but sometimes I don’t even want to leave the house." © Instagram / @carlamcressy “I am reclusive. I used to be such a confident person but sometimes I don’t even want to leave the house." Because they react in the same way as womb cells, they go through a cycle of building up and then breaking down and bleeding.

But unlike a woman menstruating, the cells have nowhere to leave the body and cause sufferers horrific pain.

This means Carla goes through a daily battle of incredible pain, nausea and fainting due to severe blood loss.

Credits: Eastnews Press Agency © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Eastnews Press Agency Carla, from Essex, even had to undergo an emergency caesarean section - normally used during a traumatic labour - in order to quickly drain the poison from her body. 

Carla, from Leigh-on-Sea, said: “I am reclusive. I used to be such a confident person but sometimes I don’t even want to leave the house.

“By my nature I am a very sociable person but I am completely out of sync with my social circle now - I can’t go on meals with my friends."

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She unfortunately suffers from the most severe form of the condition – stage four – giving her a "frozen pelvis" as the endometriosis causes her uterus and bowel to stick together.

Carla has been left unable to work due to the amount of time she was having to take off due to sickness.

She is due to undergo a six-hour operation at London University Hospital later this year to "unstick" her organs but the risky procedure could cause her bowel to collapse.

Although she dreams of working, she says her modelling days are over, adding: “I had to stop the modelling as I was becoming unreliable.

"My skin was suffering, my teeth were suffering - I didn’t know what it was at the time.

“It’s like a lifetime sentence - I just want to go back to work, I just want to go out and get drunk or just do something but I can’t physically do it."

Carla has been blogging about her battle with endometriosis and will be going into an Essex school later this month to speak with young girls in a bid to teach them how to spot the warning signs.

She added: “For me, the most important thing is raising awareness. I want to help young girls who are like me to identify the signs sooner, to avoid it getting so bad."

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