HGTV star Erin Napier appears with husband Ben on the show Home Town looking carefree and content about life in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi.
Yet away from the cameras, the two have experienced their share of troubles, as Erin spent years dealing with a mysterious health ailment that almost kept the couple from having their own biological child.
“It was a really sad and scary and confusing ten years,” Erin tells People about the time that is chronicled in the couple’s new book Make Something Good Today. “In the beginning (at the age of 19,) it would be 24 hours of terrible stomach pain and a low-grade fever, and then it would disappear.”
But as the years went on, things got worse.
“We went through everything, from doctors thinking it might be something really bad like cancer to saying it was in Erin’s head,” Ben recalls.
In 2014, it was discovered that not only did she have a perforated appendix, but through the years, many of her internal organs had been bound by scar tissue. Despite this, the Napiers found out that they were, in fact, able to have children and had their daughter Helen earlier this year.
“There’s nothing you can say that does [motherhood] justice,” Erin says. “Helen is a joy in every way. She’s kind of the best. She’s the best baby ever.”