Lena Dunham is taking it one day at a time following her recent hysterectomy.
As we previously reported, the Girls creator underwent a total hysterectomy in an effort to end her longtime battle with endometriosis. While the decision to have her cervix and uterus removed was one she had to make for medical reasons, she’s still struggling with “a broken heart.”
On Friday, alongside the picture (above), the 31-year-old took to Instagram and shared:
“Your body failing you is a loss that’s hard to explain and yet the amount of messages I’ve gotten from women in a similar predicament has been so overwhelming, loving and heartening. More than 60 million women in America are living with hysterectomies and those of you who’ve shared your plight and perseverance make me feel so honored to be in your company. Thank you to the village of women who took care of me through this entire process. I have a broken heart and I hear those don’t mend overnight, but we are linked forever by this experience and our refusal to let it hold any of us back from even the grandest dreams.”
The Lenny Letter founder shared a similar sentiment on Twitter, as well as, a link to a Vogue article about endometriosis awareness. On why she felt inspired to open up about her struggles, the celebrated filmmaker explained:
My illness & choice was just that: MY choice. I’m not a doctor and I SURE DON’T CLAIM TO BE, but sharing this piece which delves deeper into the options women have. My decision was what was best for me and I hope this helps you make the best decision for you & your health 3/4
— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) February 16, 2018
Powerful stuff. We’re wishing Dunham only the best as she continues to rest and recover.
Stay strong, doll.
[Image via Lena Dunham/Instagram.]