Sarah Hyland Talks Health Issues and ‘Never’ Having a Normal Life

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Sarah Hyland is opening up about overcoming some major demons.

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Sarah Hyland kisses Dominic Sherwood at Coachella.


In the latest issue of Seventeen magazine, in which the actress covers, the Modern Family star talks about struggling with health issues as a child. Hyland, who received a kidney from her father just three years ago, says living with dealing with these problems growing up helped her become who she is today.

“I was born with so many health issues that doctors told my mother I would never have a normal life. And she said, ‘You’re right, she won’t – but it won’t be because of her health.’ When my mother told me that story, it resonated with me: If I can’t have an ordinary life, I might as well have an extraordinary one. If you set your mind to something, you’ll achieve it,” she says.

Hyland continues, “Happiness, I’ve learned, comes from within. I am happiest when I am doing something I love. And I love Modern Family – it’s the best job I’ve had in my 20 years as an actress. It didn’t come easily or fast or free: It took me 14 years to land a gig like this.”

“When you’re feeling vulnerable, it can lead to doubt and second-guessing. It will steer you away from your goals and your happiness. Once you have a goal, keep moving forward – even if you’re taking baby steps!”

Hyland’s issue hits newsstand April 21.