HGTV Star Erin Napier Reveals Mystery Illness That Baffled Doctors for Years
“Home Town” star Erin Napier finally has answers after suffering from a mystery illness for years.
She told People, “It was a really sad and scary and confusing ten years,” explaining it started when she was 19. Napier would suffer “24 hours of terrible stomach pain and a low grade fever,” but then the symptoms would go away.
After she married her husband Ben in 2008, it got worse, and she would be laid up for days at a time, sometimes even a week.
Ben told the magazine, “We went through everything, from doctors thinking it might be something really bad like cancer, to saying it was in Erin's head.” Tests turned up nothing.
Erin finally got some answers in 2014 around the time she and Ben landed “Home Town” on HGTV.
An emergency exploratory surgery revealed her organs were bonded together by a tissue. Doctors were bewildered, but a second test showed the ailment was linked to her appendix.
It turned out her appendix had burst and healed itself several times over the years, causing scar tissue to spread.
“The first time it happened, when I was 19, it just partially ruptured. Not enough to kill me, just enough to make me sick,” Erin said.
Doctors removed her appendix and the scar tissue, but told Napier she likely wouldn't be able to have children.
Despite the prognosis, Erin was able to get pregnant, and the couple welcomed baby Helen in January. “Helen is a joy in every way. She's kind of the best. She's the best baby ever.”
To learn more about Erin and Ben's journey, pick up their memoir “Make Something Good Today.”