Sarah Hyland reveals she's in constant pain due to health problems, but that has not stopped her from living her life to the fullest
Sarah Hyland has always been open about her health struggles and is not afraid to let the world know that she suffers from pain almost all the time. The actress, who has been battling various chronic health problems like endometriosis and kidney issues, is still trying to stay strong in spite of all the grueling pain she's in at all times.
“I’m putting this #tbt out there to remind myself that I can make it to the gym,” the 28-year-old actress captioned a bikini selfie on Instagram on Thursday. The 'Modern Family' star added, "Lately I’ve been making excuses because of the constant pain from health issues. But no more.”
It was in December 2017 that Hyland went for a second kidney transplant, after her first kidney, donated by her father in 2012, failed. As per reports, the second kidney was donated by her brother. The 28-year-old actress had even shared at the time that she experienced some suicidal thoughts after the failure of her first transplant.
In a candid interview last year, the actress opened up about her kidney dialysis and how she was not letting her surgery scars bother her. She referred to the area of her scars as KUPA — Kidney Upper P***y Area — and though she is healing, it is not easy for her to show it off.
"For me, it's always hard for KUPA to be on display. Still mentally it's hard to get over that. I think personally for someone to be so tiny to have a stomach that looks like the New Jersey Turnpike, just shows who I am and what kind of character I have," she shared.
Hyland further explained that she had gone through around seven surgeries before she was even four years old. By the time she had turned 27, the 'Vampire Academy' actress ended up having an estimated 16 surgeries. "When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it's your fault. And it's not, but it does. When a second family member, someone you're supposed to look after, like a little brother, wants to give you a third chance at life, it's scary, because you don't want to fail them," she confessed.
Sarah even addressed the point when she actually contemplated suicide post the failure of her first kidney transplant. "For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn't want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad," she revealed.
The 'Satanic' star had been diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was a child and in May 2018, she spoke about her health struggles and weight loss.
The actress also suffers from a painful chronic reproductive health condition known as endometriosis, and also developed an abdominal hernia last year. In March last year, the star even tweeted support for people who suffer from chronic pain every day. “For those who are chronically ill and in chronic pain: Have you had the experience of doctors not listening to you? If so, how do you not tear their heads off with your bare hands?” she said.
When social media trolls took to shaming the star for being too thin, she shut them all up with her honesty. "It’s never fun to look in the mirror and see your hard work at the gym fade away or have your legs be the size of one’s arms,” she said. “But I know that when I get the clearance I will be able to get back to the STRONG, lean, and fabulous self I know I can be.”