Lena Dunham has been hospitalised this weekend due to a ruptured ovarian cyst and will be undergoing surgery before her release, reports People.
“Lena Dunham has been very public with her personal bouts with endometriosis. This morning, she suffered from an ovarian cyst rupture and has been taken to the hospital,” her spokesperson, Cindi Berger, told the publication in a statement. “Lena will be undergoing surgery at an undisclosed hospital.”
Dunham recently revealed that she would be taking a step back from much of the Girls new season press and promotion due to her struggle with the chronic condition, endometriosis.
The Girls creator has indeed been very open with fans about her battle with the condition; she wrote in-depth about her dealings with this in a recent Lenny Letter. Endometriosis is a condition without known cause that occurs in women where the lining of the womb decides to move into the pelvic area, ovaries and other places in the body.
“I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to rest. That’s a hard thing to do, but I’m trying because all I want is to make season six of Girls the best one yet.”
She previously said how she was afraid to take breaks from work for fear that she’d be viewed as weak, especially when she was predominantly working with males at the beginning of her career. “Already self-conscious about imposing my vision on a group of men and asking for their help in executing it, I hid my pain as best I could.”
However, the writer and actress put her foot down and decided to put her health first. “I’m lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “So many women with this disease literally don’t have the option of time off, and I won’t take it for granted.”
Often, our daily lives revolve around the importance of work and that can mean our health can take a backseat. We’re faced with a seemingly endless tirade of meetings, deadlines and everything else and at times, it’s easier to just plough on, even though we shouldn’t. Take a leaf from Dunham’s book and take time to get well. Your health is your wealth and without it, everything else is insignificant.
We wish her a safe and speedy recovery.