Lena Dunham is free of endometriosis after her fifth surgery this year!
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The actress has been candid about suffering from the disease and the chronic pain that has plagued her for so long.
She even got super active (which got her skinny-shamed by some of her fans and followers) and tried a holistic diet in an attempt to curb the symptoms, but to no avail.
In a new Lenny Letter, she wrote:
"My surgery went off without a hitch. When I emerged, cotton-mouthed, Randy told me something I hadn't expected to hear, maybe ever: there was no endometriosis left. Between my surgeries and hormonal intervention, I was disease-free. That doesn't mean it can never return, but for now, once my sutures have been removed and my bruises have changed from blue to yellow to green to gone, I will be healthy."
She continued, speaking honestly about pain in all its forms:
"All that will remain [now] is my long-term relationship with pain, and it's time to get real about that. My pain — physical — distracted from my deeper pain — emotional, spiritual — and became the ultimate excuse. I had two modes: working and hurting. I was convinced there was nobility in it. There was certainly routine."
The Girls creator expressed that she still has to come to terms with this new, albeit better, reality, saying:
"Now, because of the unbelievable privilege of having thoughtful doctors, my body has been granted a reprieve. And I'm embarrassed to say that the excitement is mixed with loss. Pain and illness defined a time in my life."
But she's not sitting around feeling sorry for herself. Quite the opposite! She said:
"So many people who suffer will never have the resources I've had. My job is to educate people, to try to change the pathetic lack of resources for endometriosis, but it's also to seize this gift. I'll be more useful that way."
She has a powerful voice that can be used for good, and the ability to raise awareness of an illness that plagues so many women.
We're positive she'll continue to champion this cause whether her endometriosis returns or not. We certainly hope it doesn't, though!
You keep fighting, girl!
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