Lena Dunham Shares Health Update From Hospital Bed

Just a few days after she was rushed to the hospital during the 2017 Met Gala, Girls (2012-17) star Lena Dunham is opening up about just what prompted the emergency visit.

Posting a photo of herself in a hospital bed, Dunham explained that "complications arose from [her] most recent endometriosis surgery."

"Thank you for all the love & concern that's been pouring in since Tuesday," Dunham wrote. "Although I'm much healthier than I was a year ago, complications arose from my most recent endometriosis surgery."

After acknowledging her privilege of being able to seek medical help during a time when many American women cannot, Dunham went on to comment on the strength of women who live with chronic illnesses like endometriosis. "I also want to remind all the women suffering from chronic illness that we aren't weak- quite the opposite, actually," she stated. "We do our jobs with skill even when we're struggling. We care [for] 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," the 30-year-old added, "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."

"Everyone who's anyone knows that if you can battle chronic illness there's nothing you can't take on," she concluded.






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 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.


A post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on May 4, 2017 at 8:22am PDT



Dunham has been public about her battle with the painful disorder for years, having been hospitalized several times in the past. In her memoir Not That Kind of Girl (via the Huffington Post), she likened the pain she felt from endometriosis to feeling like "someone had poured a drop of vinegar inside of [her], followed by a sprinkle of baking soda."

"It bubbled and fuzzed and went where it would," she added.

Not long before the Met Gala, Dunham appeared to be feeling much better. On April 14, 2017, Dunham revealed that she was endometriosis-free after having surgery. Though, she noted, the disorder could potentially return at any time.