She is the new patron saint of severe pregnancy puking.
News that the Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum was met by we who are forced to worship at the porcelain altar with sadness and hope.
“Did you hear? Cate has HG!” buzzed one woman in a support group as all day women in similar groups around the world weighed in.
Maria Shriver tweeted that she had the disease in her last pregnancy and wished the duchess well.
A support group in Northern Ireland excitedly reported a huge uptick in the number of Facebook subscribers.
Ditto for a similar group in Australia.
Now no one who has suffered from this God awful disease with its nonstop pregnancy-related nausea, constant vomiting, and debilitating pain would wish this on anyone. I’ve written about the hell of life with this condition .
So have others.
But now that a member of the British royal family has the disease the international press is getting a crash course on the disorder.
And so many women who have suffered in silence suddenly feel validated.
They’re also feeling a kinship with a woman who has just joined a very unfortunate sorority.
The road ahead for the royal couple won’t be easy. But I hope the Duchess knows that by coming forward she just made the road a little easier for other women whose voices don’t carry as much weight.
Bless you Cate!