Lena Dunham Shares Health Update After Getting Surgery To Remove Ovary
Who has one ovary and is ready to fight the good fight? Lena Dunham!
The Girls alum took to Instagram on Tuesday to give followers a health update a day after she had surgery to remove her ovary.
Sharing a picture of herself recovering in post-op at the hospital, the 32-year-old actress revealed that her left ovary had been “encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp.”
Dunham said her condition got worse and worse — she couldn’t even finish promoting her new show, Camping, because she was so sick — until she eventually became “a burrito posing as a human.” So, she opted for ovary removal surgery.
Reflecting on her procedure, the actress told her followers she feels “so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off my plan,” but is simultaneously “red with rage that access to medical care is a privilege and not a right in this country.”
All in all, Dunham believes her health battles have “opened me up in wild ways” and given her a mission “to advocate for those of us who live at the cross section of physical and physic pain, to remind women that our stories don’t have to look one way, our pain is our gain and oh shit scars and mesh ‘panties’ are the fucking jam.”
Her scars are beautiful — whether you want to see them or not! Read the actress’s full post (below).
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Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp. Over the last month it got worse and worse until I was simply a burrito posing as a human. *** My mother took this picture after I spent 9 hours in the post op recovery area with v low blood pressure, the nurses were diligently monitoring. I was so out of it that I thought I looked sensually moody a la Charlotte Rampling (turns out it was more of a constipation vibe.) *** A lot of people commented on my last post about being too sick to finish promoting my show by saying my hysterectomy should have fixed it (I mean *should* is a weird one). That I should get acupuncture and take supplements (I do). That I should see a therapist because it’s clearly psychological (year 25, y’all. These are the fruits!) But a big lesson I’ve learned in all this is that health, like most things, isn’t linear- things improve and things falter and you start living off only cranberry juice from a sippy cup/sleeping on a glorified heating pad but you’re also happier than you’ve been in years. I feel blessed creatively and tickled by my new and improved bellybutton and so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off my plan. But I’m simultaneously shocked by what my body is and isn’t doing for me and red with rage that access to medical care is a privilege and not a right in this country and that women have to work extra hard just to prove what we already know about our own bodies and beg for what we need to be well. It’s humiliating. *** My health not being a given has paid spiritual dividends I could never have predicted and it’s opened me up in wild ways and it’s given me a mission: to advocate for those of us who live at the cross section of physical and physic pain, to remind women that our stories don’t have to look one way, our pain is our gain and oh shit scars and mesh “panties” are the fucking jam. Join me, won’t you? *** 📷 @lauriesimmons
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