Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland recently revealed on The Ellen Show that she has been battling kidney dysplasia, a condition that Healthline defines as “when one or both kidneys don’t develop as they should while the fetus is growing in the womb. … Multiple cysts replace normal kidney tissue, and they’re unable to filter blood.”
The actress has had 16 surgeries in her life, including multiple kidney transplants, and said her illness has taken a toll on her mental health—she was close to taking her own life. She told Ellen DeGeneres, “I have an amazing job, an amazing support system, but… after 26, 27 years of just always being sick and being in chronic pain every single day, you don’t know when you’re going to have the next good day. It’s really, really hard.” She said speaking out loud to the people around her made her realise that she needed to seek help from a therapist.
“When I said it out loud, they were like, ‘Oh, you need to see a therapist,’ and that’s when I was like, ‘OK, I don’t think you’re going to help me’.
“I think I need to really do this on my own and really do even more digging and soul-searching,’ and just saying it out loud helped immensely because I kept it to myself for months and months at a time and saying it out loud really helped.”
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