Zelda Harris from 'Crooklyn' Got Candid about Her Fibroid Issues and Road to Recovery after Surgery in Posts
"Crooklyn" star Zelda Harris got raw and candid with her social media followers as she gave them a rundown of her health issues, and her recovery journey so far.
In what is best described as a raw, emotional, and candid post, Zelda Harris chronicled her health issues and road to recovery for her followers. In one post, she started by informing her fans with a video recording that she has dealt with fibroids for a year.
Harris tried different alternative medicine, but it didn't help her. Tired of living a life of constant pain, she chose to get some relief by going the conventional route.
That road led to surgery, and while the actress didn't plan to spend the winter holiday in the hospital, she found herself doing it. The decision to go under the knife was difficult, and it left Harris feeling less like a woman.
Despite feeling that way, the "Crooklyn" star is proud she took the step as it got her the help she needed. Also, the experience has her advising others to,
"Believe in your body when she tells you something is off. Believe others when they mention that they feel off."
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Kickback & enjoy the ride ✌🏾 hoooo! I’m so thankful for rest days, chill days, time to sit back and kick it with good company. Rest will hit you different when you’re relaxed👏🏾💗. Today, I’m looking forward to drinking up a PHAT lychee green tea boba, organizing my desk, eating a delicious, healthy dinner, a little jazz flute work, and a songwriting session later. What are you looking forward to today? 💐🌷🌸 . . . . . #hairflower #naturalhair #prettyinpink #jumpsuit #modellife #summervibes #calivibes #canikickit
The recovery process has not been easy. The actress turned singer had her pitch and voice affected, and is slowly working to get back to a hundred percent.
Harris acknowledges that there's no shame in getting ill. She is relying on her friends, family, and bandmates to help her heal and recover faster.
The then-young actress had only appeared as a guest on "Sesame Street," but brought undeniable talent to the role
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This year has been incredible. But through it all, I was fighting pain and discomfort within my own body. After months of trying to use alternative medicine practices to heal, I made the decision to turn to traditional western medicine to get help with my fibroids. That was a HARD decision - and it left me feeling like less of a woman. I had to go through a lot of pain at that stage. And then there was the impact it had on my artistic expression. As I was writing lyrics and arrangements of new songs, as my band was working on getting singles out, I had to go back into the studio multiple times because my pitch and breath and support were suffering tremendously as the fibroids grew. I felt like I was letting my band down. And because of the constant pain and fatigue, I felt like I was letting my job down. I felt like I was letting the people I love down. I struggled so much with that. I learned some things this year. Believe your body when she tells you something’s off. Believe others when they mention they feel off. Seek guidance and information from all helpful realms. Try not to carry shame about your body’s ailments. Work not to carry shame for your body’s ailments. And breathe. Breathe through the pain. Breathe through the fear. I want to thank all the female warriors who took the time to discuss their procedures with me beforehand. I want to thank the brave, informed women who taught me how to advocate for myself with doctors. I want to thank all the survivors. I want to thank all the men in my life who listened intently and asked questions and asked how I wanted to be supported and believed my pain was real. I want to thank all my friends for supporting me and sending me positivity as I prepared for surgery. And I want to thank @courtney.kakebeats for coming with me all the way to the OR and singing to me when I was afraid and staying tethered to the hospital so he would be there when I woke up from anesthesia and for sleeping on a much too tiny chair in the hospital room so I wouldn’t be alone the first night. The next chapter is all about healing. I’m gonna be good to myself and take it one step at a time. #fibroids #strength #healing #thankful #love
In a separate post, the singer looked better than she did dressed in a hospital gown. In it, she reclined on what seems to be a sofa, with a book placed on her chest, and her left arm under her head.
Harris also wore brown lipstick and white eyeglasses. She had a relaxed smile on her face, and captioned the post,
The actress rose to fame starring in the '94 TV drama created by Spike Lee. She portrayed "Troy," the feisty girl who believed in independence, family ties and fought for both.
The former child star was 9 when she got the role, and she got chosen out of a thousand children who auditioned. At the time, the then-young actress had only appeared as a guest on "Sesame Street," but brought undeniable talent to the role.
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💜Healing💜 . . . . Thank you so much everyone for your positive messages, vibes, thoughts and prayers for me as I went into fibroid surgery!!! Your comments brightened my day and gave me the resolve to push through my pain. There were definitely some tears and some difficulties, but to combat the pain, I made sure to allow myself lots of rest, recovery, and rejuvenation. As 2020 gets underway, I’m in no rush - this year, I’m trying to fully embrace taking care of myself, and all that entails. I’m looking forward to making rest and rejuvenation a living practice, and not just an afterthought. Let’s take care of ourselves this year, fam💜💪🏾🖖🏾 #relaxation #chill #rest #recovery #permissiontorelax #youdeserveit
Now in her 30s, Harris has redefined herself. She took to music years after she left the show, and the name of her band is, Zelda and the Lo Los.
The actress/singer resides in Los Angeles, where she also works from. She has grown from her experiences and appreciates every opportunity life has given her.