'The Sisterhood's' Ivy Coach Opens Up About Revealing Health Issue on TV

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By Christine Thomasos, Christian Post Reporter
January 16, 2013|10:18 am

"The Sisterhood" has sparked mixed reactions since its Jan. 1 premiere and cast member Ivy Coach gave viewers an idea of one of her most challenging experiences in the third episode of the reality television series.

Coach, the first lady of Emmanuel Tabernacle church led by her husband Pastor Mark Couch, introduced a possible fertility issue to the audience that tuned in to watch "The Sisterhood" on TLC Network Tuesday. The pastor's wife spoke to The Christian Post about having to overcome the issue that became one of the biggest challenges she faced on screen.

The Coaches had a serious conversation about the possibility of her having endometriosis, a female health disorder that impacts the uterus and can lead to issues with pregnancy or infertility. While the pastor's wife told her husband that she was speaking to a doctor about a hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, she also spoke about the fear of not being able to give him a child aside from their baby son.

"The Sisterhood" cast member spoke to The Christian Post about the intense situation that proved to be a challenging ordeal to film.

"During the taping I experienced something that was pretty scary, pretty intense. It unfolds during the season," Coach revealed to CP. "And it forced me and my husband in our new marriage to really deal with something I could just never have foreseen. It's funny because there were nights when I would just cry out to God and I couldn't believe that all of this has been going on besides taping the reality show."

For Coach, challenges arose when she was forced to balance the issues in her personal life while being a mother to her young child and first lady in her congregation.

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"Besides dealing with all of the issues that come with being there for your congregation, raising a newborn, it was just like this is incredibly intense," she revealed to CP. "So I was not just filming it I was really living this milestone of chaos."

While "The Sisterhood" viewers will have to watch the show to find out the outcome of Coach's health issues, she told CP that God helped her overcome the trying ordeal in front of reality television cameras that would be viewed by a large number of people.

"I just serve a God that gives me the grace and the strength to do it. The reward for me was coming out on the other side stronger, wiser, just like wow," Coach told CP. "With God I can really do anything that he gives me the assignment to do. I'm a better person."

 

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