Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has never been one to shy away from the discussion of her ongoing health journey. But now, she is opening up even more about the insecurities that come with the road to recovery.
In 2017, Hyland revealed that she was born with Kidney Dysplasia, a condition that prevented the kidneys from fully developing in the womb. Due to the chronic illness, she needed to undergo surgery for a kidney transplant. Speaking so candidly about such a serious condition takes immense amounts of bravery. But this year, we’ve seen that bravery more than double as she has openly discussed the insecurity she feels with her new body and what she is doing to come to a place of acceptance and gratitude.
Starting over summer, Hyland skipped the Spanx she usually wears to let the bloating of her KUPA (the term she coined to describe her lower abdominal area) shine in a neon pink dress while performing a song at the Teen Choice Awards. The move prompted fans everywhere to compliment her on loving her real body and showing the world what recovery looks like.
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Yesterday I had my first nationally televised performance of a song I did with the amazing @jordanmcgraw. I was terrified. I was excited. There was a PHENOMENAL crowd supporting us the entire way through. Thank you so much to everyone who watched! Thank you @teenchoicefox for having us!! And a final thank you to my ever changing self confidence for making the decision to not wear spanx and let my KUPA (kidney upper pussy area) shine like the badass bitch she is. 💖💖💖💖
This past week, Hyland posted a vulnerably honest message on Instagram accompanying a photo of herself in a sports bra in leggings. She addressed the post “to my fellow #invisibleillness warriors” and went on to explain how to take a moment of self-loathing and turn it into a moment of reflection and appreciation. “Our bodies have endured unfathomable feats that our minds barely have time to comprehend,” she said.
In terms of the actual photo, Hyland said, “with inflammation, excess water gain, and medications, my skin has a hard time bouncing back. I saw this picture and HATED it but quickly readjusted my attitude and decided to celebrate it. Love yourself and be patient. We are all stronger than we think we are.”
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To my fellow #invisibleillness warriors. It’s ok to be insecure about your body. Just remember to check in with yourself at least once a day and say thank you. Our bodies have endured unfathomable feats that our minds barely have time to comprehend what has actually happened. With inflammation, excess water gain, and medications, my skin has a hard time bouncing back. I saw this picture and HATED it but quickly readjusted my attitude and decided to celebrate it. Love yourself and be patient. We are all stronger than we think we are.