The Girls star and creator many love has been hospitalized for a ruptured ovarian cyst.
Lena Dunham is an icon in our generation. Known for her outspoken nature and her feminist pep, this news has come as a shock and has worried many fans.
The popular actress was set to perform the role of Peggy Noonan Saturday night in a live reading of Reagan in Los Angeles, according to Deadline. She was replaced by June Diane Raphael from Grace and Frankie.
After her hospitalization on Saturday, Dunham’s spokeswoman Cindi Berger told People magazine that Dunham has been taken to an undisclosed hospital in light of her recent complications.
“Lena Dunham has been very public with her personal bouts with endometriosis. This morning, she suffered from an ovarian cyst rupture and has been taken to the hospital.”
It has now been confirmed that Lena will have surgery on the ruptured cyst.
Dunham has always been very open and transparent with her fans, and even recently shared insight into her struggle with endometriosis, a painful condition where tissue that ought to grow inside the reproductive organs grows outside of them instead.
Early in February, Lena posted on Facebook explaining her illness and her plan for the near future.
“I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to rest. […] So many women with this disease literally don’t have the option of time off and I won’t take it for granted.”
As Lena has been working through her time of rest and recuperation, she as been promoting more natural (female-owned) products, including Mad Hippie and Goop (by Gwyneth Paltrow).
In light of her illness, fans and followers have been very concerned about Lena.
“The feeling of stopping a crew of 100 people from doing their jobs is far more stressful than missing Intro to Greek Drama class at a liberal-arts college, but I felt the same sense of hot shame… The kind of shame you feel as a woman showing weakness.”
Dunham is often accused on being too open. Some people claim that her honesty is too brash and insensitive, Time reported, especially in light of her book (Not That Kind of Girl) and her life story.
“But sharing her own story is perhaps her bravest work of activism yet. […] Dunham has come under fire for being too self-indulgent, revealing too much. But in this case, her candor may become a lifeline for women who’ve been through something similar and are feeling confused and alone.”
These words, written months before her present struggles with endometriosis and the complications that it brings (including the risk of rupturing cysts in the ovaries), are incredibly applicable to her present situation.
Many people have blamed Lena for complaining or acting like her physical situation is tough. In regards to her commentary on her past, maybe she revealed too much or seemed to lack remorse at many points. But at the end of the day, what sets Dunham apart from the other 10 percent of the female population who have endometriosis is that she is not in any way afraid to discuss her illness.
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