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Lena Dunham posted a nude selfie on Instagram in tribute to the nine-month anniversary of her hysterectomy Wednesday.
The Girls creator and star has battled endometriosis for a decade. The hysterectomy marked Dunham’s ninth surgical procedure to cope with the pain caused by the uterine tissue disorder.
Dunham, who has been vocal about her health problems in the past, expressed her emotions nine months post-surgery on Instagram.
“My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself,” Dunham wrote.
In an essay published by Vogue in February, the actress detailed why she chose to go ahead with the procedure despite its effect on any future plans to have a family, explaining the physical pain her reproductive health condition had caused her for many years.
“With pain like this, I will never be able to be anyone’s mother,” Dunham wrote. “Even if I could get pregnant, there’s nothing I can offer.”
Bidding farewell to her “defective” uterus, referred to as “Judy,” Dunham tattooed “RIP Judy” onto her right rib cage.
“Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for,” the actress wrote on Instagram.
Many of Dunham’s friends, including actress and author Amber Tamblyn, responded to the post with their support.
“Love you, Lena,” Tamblyn commented.
Today is National Leathercraft Day, National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Merengue Pie Day. It’s also the 9 month anniversary of my hysterectomy. I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to. My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself. The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our center. My friend Paul named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like fuck even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy. Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.
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