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A former Fox News anchor has become the story after she claims the network tried to stop her from reporting on the Stormy Daniels controversy during the 2016 election.
Last week, a House Oversight committee formally requested that Diana Falzone speak with investigators and that she provide documents related to her attempts to report on Daniels’ allegations.
Falzone’s attorney says that she will now comply under an exception to her non-disclosure agreement with Fox News.
But that’s not the only reason why she has been thrust into the spotlight.
Falzone has also opened up about her battle with endometriosis and infertility. She’s sharing her story in hopes that it inspires other women.
“I had just turned 33 years old so hearing I had the egg reserve of a woman nearing menopause was absolutely shocking, but also heartbreaking because the doctors told me the chances of being a mother naturally are slim to none,” said Falzone in an interview with NBC6.
But she says the diagnosis empowered her.
“It allowed me to do family planning and that choice for me was to do in vitro fertilization (IVF) and that led me to welcoming my son in August,” said Falzone.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in 10 women of reproductive age in the United States.
“It’s characterized by little growths or lesions of tissue that is similar to the tissue we normally see within the uterus. But these are displaced pieces of tissue and they appear throughout the abdomen or pelvis,” said Dr. Rebecca Brightman, an OBGYN.
While many women can suffer from endometriosis without any symptoms, Diana says that wasn’t the case for her.
“I had a sudden onset of symptoms of endometriosis in 2016. I really experienced crippling pain, it was as if someone was stabbing me in the side of my abdomen. Then it was followed by heavy bleeding, followed by low-grade temperatures, so I knew something was wrong,” said Falzone
After being diagnosed, she published an article on FoxNews.com telling her story about her battle with endometriosis. She claims that just days after the story was published, she was demoted. She ended up leaving the network after filing a discrimination lawsuit that has since been settled. Now, she is sharing her story to help other women.
“My story is just so reflective of so many women who are going through the pains of endo. For me, I felt very alone when I was diagnosed. I didn’t know where to turn for resources and that’s why I love the Speak Endo campaign,” said Falzone.
The campaign provides resources for women, including a quiz to see if you suffer from symptoms of endometriosis. You can find those resources by clicking here.
Diana isn’t letting the setback in her career, nor her diagnosis affect her. In fact, she says it’s empowering and is now using her voice to empower others.
“What I will say is you are your best advocate. Whether it’s at your doctor’s office or in the workplace, use your voice, speak up, know your body, know your rights and don’t ever allow someone to silence you,” said Falzone.
Due to a non-disclosure agreement, Diana couldn’t get into details about her demotion or release any details on the Stormy Daniels case.
NBC6 reached out to Fox News for comment about Falzone’s allegations and they released a statement saying, “Fox News and Ms. Falzone have settled Ms. Falzone’s lawsuit alleging gender and disability discrimination and retaliation against the Company.”
Diana is back on tv at another network and is taking care of her six-month-old baby Alexander.