Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs reveals debilitating health battle


Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs revealed on Monday she suffered a debilitating health struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome when she was 17. 

The TV personality, 50, said the condition almost derailed her swimming career after she won her first Commonwealth Games medal in 1990. 

She received her heartbreaking diagnosis the following year and was forced to put her competitive future on hold, reports Prevention magazine.

Johanna spent two and a half years in recovery eating a highly restricted bland diet which was free from wheat, yeast, egg, malt, sugar, dairy, herb, spice and caffeine. 

‘You learn more about yourself during a tough period than you do during a great one,’ she said of those few years.

Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs, 50, (pictured) revealed on Monday she suffered a debilitating struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome when she was 17

Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs, 50, (pictured) revealed on Monday she suffered a debilitating struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome when she was 17

‘One of the most important things that it taught me was to be able to be by myself and to be comfortable in my own skin,’ she added.

By 1993, Johanna’s swimming career was back on track as she won the 50m backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships. 

It was around this time she was poached by producers at Seven Network and said goodbye to her life in sports for good. 

The TV personality said the condition almost derailed her swimming career after she won her first Commonwealth Games medal in 1990 (pictured)

The TV personality said the condition almost derailed her swimming career after she won her first Commonwealth Games medal in 1990 (pictured) 

It comes after Johanna went into surgery last month to ‘clean up a couple of tears and years of damage’ on her knee.

She shared a picture of her leg covered with blankets taken from her hospital bed to Instagram with an update on her recovery just days before Christmas.  

‘Not the most exciting pic I know, but I am happy to update that the surgery on my knee to clean up a couple of tears and years of damage went extremely well,’ she wrote in the caption.

She received her heartbreaking diagnosis the following year and was forced to put her competitive future on hold for two and a half years, reports Prevention magazine

She received her heartbreaking diagnosis the following year and was forced to put her competitive future on hold for two and a half years, reports Prevention magazine

‘Huge thanks to orthopaedic surgeon Dr Julian Yu who lived up to his legendary reputation, and to all the staff at Northern Beaches Hospital Sydney, who looked after me beautifully,’ she continued.

‘Enforced rest is a great way to start any holiday. I’m so happy to have finally had this done and look forward to being pain free (and whinge free) once again. Woohoo. This truly was an early Christmas present!’

Johanna also expressed gratitude to her husband Todd Huggins, acknowledging him as her ‘hospital Uber driver’. 

Additionally, she included the hashtag #feelinglucky in her post. 



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