Mummy Diaries star Sam Faiers says she is “enjoying the journey” of recovery from a condition that sees her compulsively pluck out all her eyelashes.
The Essex mum of two has suffered from Trichtillomania since the age of seven, but has recently started hypnotherapy and having sessions with a well-being life coach.
Ahead of series six of The Mummy Diaries, Sam opened up to us about her hope for the future: “the end goal is to have a full set of eyelashes and have an eyelash party. Yes, I want to go mascara shopping and have an eyelash party but its not happening this series unfortunately, maybe next.”
The former glamour model recently revealed the trigger for her Trichtillomania was when her step father went to prison during her childhood. She began to pluck out her eyelashes so she could blow on them and wish for his return.
However, she was inspired to stop when she realised her own daughter was copying her bad habit. She described how when she was breastfeeding one year old Rosie: “subconsciously I might have been rubbing my eyes and feeling for eyelashes and I noticed she would copy me…That was a big red flag for me. I thought ‘no this has got to stop.’
“I am happy to talk about it. That is the biggest part of trich, confronting it, owning up to it… But since that day, that was when I really kind of thought ‘right I need to stop this now.’”
Sam’s therapy will be covered in this series of The Mummy Diaries because she now feels ready to tackle it head on: “I have never really spoken out about it as much. I have, but I have been a bit more closed about it. Whereas now I am really confident talking about it and I want to help other people.”
The reality star also suffers from Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation in her bowels. Sam was diagnosed with the devastating illness after she fell poorly during her 2014 stint on Celebrity Big Brother. Symptoms of the disease include mouth ulcers, stomach pain, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhoea.
However Sam bravely opened up about her suffering, something she believes, along with talking about her Trichtillomania, is “so important.”
Sam told us last year that: “Since I had the kids I’ve never had a flare up. I was on medication for about a year [after diagnosis] and then I weened myself off of that and I just researched things that are a bit more natural, so vitamins and minerals and a change in diet.”
She had to have a lifestyle overhaul, ditching partying and cutting down on alcohol which has had a huge positive effect. The reality star explained: “So many people are having to have part of their bowels taken away and wear a bag. It’s just lucky for me that my body responded really well to having medication.”
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Speaking about using her celebrity to help others, the star said: “Obviously we use our platform everyday for just posting our social life and holidays and kids and all happy stuff, but I also think its really important to share our problems and our issues too because at the end of the day we are both two normal girls, we are not perfect.
“I think that it is really important for young girls and people that look up to us and follow us to actually know that we're not just in this perfect bubble. Everyone has their own issues, whether they are big or small.
“I see mine as small compared to what other people are going through, but I’m still putting it out there for people to follow my journey and hopefully help people that have the same condition as me.”
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