It has been confirmed that Juice=Juice’s Kanazawa Tomoko has been diagnosed with endometriosis.
This condition where tissue that should be growing in the inside of the uterus grows on the outside instead. This usually results in pelvic pain and sometimes infertility.
As a result, events will be adapted to her condition and her healthy will be held at priority before anything else. She did release a statement about it on her blog:
I, Kanazawa Tomoko, have been going to the hospital since the end of last year to be checked-up by the doctors、 but the result of the latest medical examination was that I have been diagnosed with 「endometriosis」。
I apologize for causing you concern with this sudden announcement。
When I first found out about this illness、 I felt extremely uneasy。 But currently、 I strongly feel that I don’t want to give up halfway on our dreams, with the group in the midst of our nationwide 220 performance tour which will lead up to our group’s goal of having our own performance at the Nippon Budokan、 so as I go face-to-face with my illness from now on、 I intend to be positive and continue on with activities。
If this condition sounds somewhat familiar it might be due to Matsuura Aya announcing the same condition back in 2011. One thing to note is that this affects everyone differently. Some women get more symptoms and others do not, but it’s good to see that they are treating her condition with the utmost care.
For now it’s hard to see just how this will affect her work as an idol, but please keep supporting her as she works to adapt around this condition.