'Camping' co-creator Lena Dunham shares news of removal of her left ovary with fans on social media
Just like 'Girls' Dunham has also portrayed herself through Kathryn, who suffers from the similar physical ailments as she does.
'Camping' co-creator, Lena Dunham, just underwent another surgery to remove her left ovary, and the former 'Girls' co-creator/actress took to Instagram to share the news about the surgery with her fans. The 32-year-old actress/director had earlier undergone a hysterectomy at the age of 31, and quite naturally her physical discomfort following the surgery and the consistent chronic illness are being pretty well reflected in the protagonist of 'Camping', Kathryn (played by Jennifer Garner).
Taking to Instagram, the 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' actress lashed out at the ones who had earlier commented that all of her pain was inside her head. Dunham had missed out on 'Camping' premiere which took place at the Paramount Studios in LA on October 12, following which she was highly criticized by several people who commented that she was only overthinking about the pain. The 'Tiny Furniture' actress addressed to the commentators her post claiming that she has been taking up all the necessary requirements such as therapy and medication in order to keep her pain in control.
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Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp. Over the last month it got worse and worse until I was simply a burrito posing as a human. *** My mother took this picture after I spent 9 hours in the post op recovery area with v low blood pressure that the nurses were diligently monitoring. I was so out of it that I thought I looked sensually moody a la Charlotte Rampling (turns out it was more of a constipation vibe.) *** A lot of people commented on my last post about being too sick to finish promoting my show by saying my hysterectomy should have fixed it (I mean *should* is a weird one). That I should get acupuncture and take supplements (I do). That I should see a therapist because it’s clearly psychological (year 25 of therapy, y’all. These are the fruits!) But a big lesson I’ve learned in all of this is that health, like most stuff, isn’t linear- things improve and things falter and you start living off only cranberry juice from a sippy cup/sleeping on a glorified heating pad but you’re also happier than you’ve been in years. I feel blessed creatively and tickled by my new and improved bellybutton and so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off of my plan. But I’m simultaneously shocked by what my body is and isn’t doing for me and red with rage that access to medical care is a privilege and not a right in this country and that women have to work extra hard just to prove what we already know about our own bodies and beg for what we need to be well. It’s humiliating. *** My health not being a given has paid spiritual dividends I could never have predicted and it’s opened me up in wild ways and it’s given me a mission: to advocate for those of us who live at the cross section of physical and physic pain, to remind women that our stories don’t have to look one way, our pain is our gain and oh shit scars and mesh “panties” are the fucking jam. Join me, won’t you? *** 📷 @lauriesimmons
She wrote: " A lot of people commented on my last post about being too sick to finish promoting my show by saying my hysterectomy should have fixed it (I mean *should* is a weird one). That I should get acupuncture and take supplements (I do). That I should see a therapist because it’s clearly psychological (year 25 of therapy, Y'all. These are the fruits!)". She further stressed upon the fact that it was unfortunate that medical care was more of a privilege than a right. She concluded by stating, "My health not being a given has paid spiritual dividends I could never have predicted and it’s opened me up in wild ways and it’s given me a mission: to advocate for those of us who live in the cross-section of physical and physic pain, to remind women that our stories don’t have to look one way, our pain is our gain and oh shit scars and mesh “panties” are the fucking jam. Join me, won’t you?"
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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 20 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 'My art' actress had earlier shared a post following her hysterectomy. Dunham's own bodily discomfort and pain have been reflected in Jennifer Garner's character, Kathryn, in HBO's 'Camping'. On the outside, Kathryn is a control freak who won't let anyone else's opinion muddle her plans, but on a closer look, Kathryn is a woman who suffers from a lot of pain. In the first episode which premiered on October 14, she had confessed that the vitamins helped her cope with the pain that has resulted from the hysterectomy. Dunham too had shared a similar experience on Vogue, where she wrote in detail about her physical ailments and how she is trying to cope with it while keeping herself busy at work.