Amy Schumer Gives Update on Her Battle With Cushing Syndrome (Exclusive)

The actress was diagnosed after fans pointed out that her face appeared to look puffy.

Amy Schumer is giving an update on her health. ET's Rachel Smith spoke to the actress at Variety's Power of Women New York event presented by Lifetime on Thursday, and she revealed how she's doing in the wake of her Cushing syndrome diagnosis.

"I'm feeling better," she said. "I still have this Cushing syndrome, but you just have to wait for the steroids to work through your system. I feel a lot better. They're not all the way through, but I feel a lot stronger and proud to be here."

According to Mayo Clinic, Cushing syndrome happens when the body has too much of the hormone cortisol for a long time. It can cause a fatty hump between the shoulders, a rounded face and pink or purple stretch marks on the skin. 

Schumer was diagnosed with Cushing syndrome after social media users made comments about how her face appeared puffier during her press tour for her show, Life & Beth

"While I was doing press on camera for my Hulu show, I was also in MRI machines four hours at a time, having my veins shut down from the amount of blood drawn and thinking I may not be around to see my son grow up," Schumer said in the News Not Noise newsletter. "So finding out I have the kind of Cushing that will just work itself out and I'm healthy was the greatest news imaginable. It has been a crazy couple weeks for me and my family."

At Thursday's event, Schumer noted how her improved health will positively impact her son, Gene, whom she shares with her husband, Chris Fischer.

"I think he sees his mom working and happy and living in a way she's proud of and I think that's gonna be good for him," she told ET.

Gene, who will turn five on May 5, has a lot to be proud of when it comes to his mom, as Schumer is one of four honorees for Variety's annual Power of Women New York event. She shares the distinction with Anitta, Mariska Hargitay and Shonda Rhimes.

"I am so proud," Schumer said. "I mean, Mariska, Anitta, Shonda, like, are you kidding me? I can't believe I'm on a list with them. They are such icons, truly so powerful. I'm so humbled."