Lena Dunham is on the mend.
Just days after she was rushed to the emergency room due to complications stemming from her endometriosis, the Girls star shared a selfie taken from her hospital bed. In the photo, Dunham’s burgundy Met Gala gown was seen draped across a chair in the background.
“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,” she wrote in the caption.
The 30-year-old, who was admitted to the hospital immediately after her appearance at this year’s Met Gala, also used the opportunity to express her opinions on the state of healthcare in the United States. Just as politicians gathered to vote on repealing Obamacare, Dunham took to social media to note the importance of making health insurance available to women in need.
“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,” she wrote. 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,” she continued. “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.”
In April, the actress revealed she underwent her fifth surgery to move her ovaries away from her rectal wall, putting an end to years of chronic pain in her abdomen due to endometriosis.
“My surgery went off without a hitch,” she wrote in her feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter. “When I emerged, cotton-mouthed, [Dr. Randy Harris] told me something I hadn’t expected to hear, maybe ever: there was no endometriosis left. Between my surgeries and hormonal intervention, I was disease-free. That doesn’t mean it can never return, but for now, once my sutures have been removed and my bruises have changed from blue to yellow to green to gone, I will be healthy.”