When Bradbury was 33 years old she was seeing her doctor for a routine examination when she learned that she had endometriosis, a condition that can cause chronic pain, infertility and even cancer. This disease occurs when the cells that line the inside of the uterus begin growing in other parts of the body such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowel and bladder. These cells act like they do inside the uterus, responding to hormones, thickening and shedding in a monthly cycle. When the cells shed the immune system responds by “healing” it with scar tissue. This scar tissue can disrupt normal ovarian function, block the fallopian tubes, and prevent a woman from becoming pregnant.
According to her interview, Bradbury says that she underwent laproscopic surgery, a common endometriosis infertility treatment which removes scar tissue and adhesions that may be preventing a woman from becoming pregnant.
When she finally got a positive result on her home pregnancy test Bradbury says she was dumbstruck. “It was one of those moments where I thought, 'Really? Really?' Having a baby is the ultimate responsibility. It’s no longer about you.”