It's been about three months since General Hospital fans got their last glimpse of Kirsten Storms as Maxie. The actress has been sidelined by a condition known as endometriosis. The actress has resurfaced on Twitter with a holiday wish for fans.
After an extended period of silence, Kristen Storms
) has sent her fans a holiday greeting via Twitter.
"I hope everyone is having a great holiday season with the ones they love," Storms posted on Twitter. "[F]ingers crossed you'll see more of me after the New Year!!"
Storms vacated her role on General Hospital in September
due to a then-unknown medical condition. However, on the reality series, Dirty Soap
, Storms's future sister-in-law revealed that the actress was diagnosed with endometriosis. A General Hospital spokesperson explained that Storms would be sidelined for up to two months.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects millions of women to varying degrees. The condition is not life-threatening, but, in some instances, it can cause extreme discomfort and even require surgery. For other woman, the symptoms may so minor or general that they might not even be aware that they have endometriosis.
"If you can imagine the inside lining of a woman's uterus, which sheds each month during the menstrual period -- if you can imagine that material being in the wrong spot and going inside the abdomen, on the different organs inside the belly," Dr. Dave E. David explained on Soap Central Live
. "In fact, one of the ways they think that endometriosis develops is what we call retrograde menstruation. So when a woman menstruates, instead of it coming out her cervix and to the exterior of the body, it shoots back up through the fallopian tubes and out onto the ovaries and different organs."
Dr. David, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who has delivered more than 8,000 babies, also explained that it is uncommon for a woman affected by endometriosis to have to be sidelined for two months.
Storms has not publicly confirmed the nature of her medical leave from GH.
With Storms sidelined, General Hospital hired Jen Lilley to fill in for Storms. Lilley first aired on September 28.
Soap Central Live explains more about what endometriosis is. [Oct 21, 2011]