Actress Lena Dunham, known for her HBO show, Girls, has decided to cancel her “Lenny” tour in order to heal from her recent endometriosis surgery.
Lena Dunham was recently rushed to the hospital while attending the Met Gala. At first, she thought she had complications from a recent endometriosis surgery, but instead, she found she had a painful ruptured ovarian cyst. The star wrote a thoughtful Instagram post from her hospital bed, reminding her fellow women with chronic illnesses that being laid up or taking a break does not equal “weakness.”
“I also want to remind all the women suffering from chronic illness that we aren’t weak- quite the opposite, actually. We do our jobs with skill even when we’re struggling. We care for our families even when we can hardly care for ourselves. We serve major face on a red carpet when we feel like lying face down would be more appropriate. I’ll always be proud of those Met Gala pics- not just because I felt beautiful, surrounded by art and magic, hugging my best friend tightly, but because they’re evidence that women contain steely multitudes. Just that morning @dianafalzone sued Fox after they took her off air for disclosing her endometriosis. But they’re the ones who lost when they fired her, because everyone who’s anyone knows that if you can battle chronic illness there’s nothing you can’t take on,” she wrote.
Thank you for all the love & concern that's been pouring in since Tuesday. Although I'm much healthier than I was a year ago, complications arose from my most recent endometriosis surgery. When the healthcare of so many American women, especially our trans sisters, is at-risk- or already nonexistent- I am lucky to be in the position to seek help when I'm in pain. To those in that privileged spot- never forget that we are blessed and can pay it forward by supporting Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ clinics like Callen-Lorde with our ???? and ⌚️. I also want to remind all the women suffering from chronic illness that we aren't weak- quite the opposite, actually. We do our jobs with skill even when we're struggling. We care for our families even when we can hardly care for ourselves. We serve major face on a red carpet when we feel like lying face down would be more appropriate. I'll always be proud of those Met Gala pics- not just because I felt beautiful, surrounded by art and magic, hugging my best friend tightly, but because they're evidence that women contain steely multitudes. Just that morning @dianafalzone sued Fox after they took her off air for disclosing her endometriosis. But they're the ones who lost when they fired her, because everyone who's anyone knows that if you can battle chronic illness there's nothing you can't take on.
The star has been incredibly open about her battle with endometriosis, an incredibly painful condition in which the lining of the womb grows onto other parts of the body. For many women, it grows on the outside of the womb, but it can make its way to other parts of the body and grow anywhere it pleases. The condition is incredibly painful and can cause infertility and heavy and incredibly painful periods. Lena Dunham has said that there have been times when she was filming Girls that she was so weak that she had to lie down with heavy pain killers while the production came and consulted her on the plans from the show. Often, it would be too difficult for her to make it home by herself after a shoot.
One of the ways many women control their endometriosis is ablation surgery, in which the doctor effectively burns off the unwanted tissue. And while this can relieve pain for a while, it is always apt to come back and create further problems.
Happy birthday to @jennikonner, my ride or die, the funniest, most talented and most deeply evolved woman I've ever known. And, most importantly, the person who finally explained to me why washing your hands after you pee is actually important. Without you I'd be a plastic bag on the wind. Thank you for getting born. Also, you're pretty. ???? by Charlie Gross
While Lena Dunham recently stated she was endometriosis free, she has decided to step back from “Lenny: America IRL” tour, which was to include comedy, spoken word, and music. It would have toured to six cities around the United States where Lena Dunham would have appeared as a major attraction for the event. It has not been stated if ticket holders will get refunds or if Dunham plans to reschedule.
However, when deciding to not do the performance, she issued a statement about why it was important for her to take some down time.
“My body, which I’ve worked through all kinds of pain for many years, just doesn’t have what it takes to do this tour. Lenny is about giving 100 percent of ourselves, 100 percent of the time, and I couldn’t bear to limp through this. Not for you, our favorite people, and not for the women giving their time to join me on the road. My goals have to be simplified for this moment: to write and to heal.”
Hopefully, the actress will be able to take the time she needs to let her body heal after her recent health crisis so she can continue to inspire women around the world.
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