At 32 years old and after having undergone hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) in February 2018, the American actress and director Lena Dunham is clearly not done with endometriosis. This chronic gynecological disease that affects at least one in ten women is characterized bythe presence of endometrial tissue that lines the inside of the uterus on the outside of it: on the tubes, ovaries, bladder, rectum, diaphragm, etc. Subject to hormonal variations, these lesions bleed every month during rules and lead to formation of adhesions between organs, fibrosis, scar tissue, nodules …
And it is precisely these complications that still ruin Lena Dunham’s life today. On her Instagram account, the creator of the series Girls has published a picture of her in bad shape, and showing bandages on laparoscopy scars. The star has indeed announced to have undergone a new endometriosis operation : “Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was covered in scar tissue and fibrosis, attached to my intestine and pressing on the nerves”, Detailed Lena Dunham, specifying that these lesions made walking, urination, and even dressing difficult.
The actress took advantage of this publication to respond to the criticism she received when she announced that she had to suspend promotion of her new series: “Many people commented on my previous post where I explained that I was too sick to finish promoting my series,saying that my hysterectomy should have fixed things (which is already weird to say), that I should be doing acupuncture and taking dietary supplements (which I already do). That I should see a shrink because clearly my problem is psychological (I’ve seen it for 25 years and here is the result!)”. Because if the hysterectomy a priori puts an end to the progression of endometriosis in terms of new lesions, since there are no more rules, already existing lesions and adhesions on other organs remain, which can cause pain.
Committed, Lena Dunham also indicated that she felt lucky to have been able to be treated, and deplored the very unequal American health system: “I am both shocked at what my body does and does not do 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 all the harder to prove what we already know about our own bodies, and beg for what it takes to get better. It’s humiliating. ”
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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 that 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 of therapy, y’all. These are the fruits!) But a big lesson I’ve learned in all of this is that health, like most stuff, 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 of 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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