Lena Dunham has opened up in her Lenny column about learning that she was suffering from Endometriosis.
She revealed, “From the first time I got my period, it didn’t feel right. The stomachaches began quickly and were more severe than the mild-irritant cramps seemed to be for the blonde women in pink-hued Midol commercials. Those might as well have been ads for yogurt or the ocean, that’s how little they conveyed my experience of menstruating.”
She went through college with the symptoms undiagnosed and following that, her first season of Girls. She said, “If my pain had no tangible source, that just meant my mind was more powerful than I was and it didn’t want me to be happy, ever. I saw myself divided like a black and white cookie into neat halves: one bright and ambitious, the other destined to wind up strapped to a gurney and moaning for pain meds.”
It wasn’t until the actress’s long time producer friend Jenni Konner introduced her to Dr. Randy Harris, calling it “the moment my life changed.” Harris performed laparoscopic surgery to diagnose Dunham, who eventually decided on monthly injections to control her symptoms.
Though Dunham says she initially feared people finding out about her diagnosis and deeming her weak, the disorder has actually made her more in tune with her body.
“I am strong because of what I’ve dealt with. I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper-body strength,” she says. “And I am no longer scared of my body. In fact, I listen to it when it speaks. I have no choice but to respect what it tells me, to respect the strength of its voice and the truth of my own.”
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