Lena Dunham revealed onInstagram this weekend that she has been dealing with a flare-up of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a chronic illness that weakens connective tissues and affects the skin, joints and blood vessel walls. The Golden Globe-winning actress made her revelation alongside a paparazzi photo which captured her walking to a car in her nightgown and slippers with the aid of a cane.
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I could choose to be embarrassed by these paparazzi pics I mean, thats probably the point of someone publishing them in the first place but Im really not, she said. I could lie and say it was an early Halloween look (Dont you get it? Im going as a con woman leaving a Florida Keys jail after being acquitted of murdering her husband, and now shes trying to get disability license plates.) But the truth is just: This is what life is like when Im struggling most with chronic illness.
An Ehler-Danlos syndrome flare means that I need support from more than just my friends so thank you, sweet cane! she wrote. For years, I resisted doing anything that would make my physical situation easier, insisting that a cane would make things weird. But its so much less weird to actually be able to participate than to stay in bed all day.
EDS is estimated to affect about 1 in 5,000 people worldwide, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Its a group of inherited disorders that weaken connective tissues, which are proteins that support skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs. Symptoms vary from mild to life-threatening and can include loose joints, fragile, small blood vessels, abnormal scar formation and wound healing and soft, velvety skin that bruises easily, according to MedLinePlus.gov.
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There is no cure for EDS, with treatment typically involving the management of symptoms and can include physical therapy and medicines.
Dunham wrote that she was on her way to a doctors appointment when the photo was snapped and was wearing her nightgown because she wanted to be fully cozy.
I mean, didnt Bieber wear hotel slippers for life five years? she wrote. Yeah, so I can wear my glamour nighty for two hours. And then an hour later, Im in a meeting look tackling the job I love. Thats the two-fold life of a woman with chronic illness; we still rock our dreams and goals and passions (and fashions) and we live many lives in one day. Tell me about your day!
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Its not the first time Dunham has used her platform to spread awareness for a medical cause. To mark endometriosis awareness month in March, she uploaded a photo to Instagram of her 12 scars on her abdomen and the corresponding dates of surgeries, which include a hysterectomy and surgery to remove her left ovary. Shes also been open about sobriety and managing her anxiety.B:
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