Lena Dunham thanks fans after Met Gala health scare

Lena Dunham (R) and Jenni Konner attend the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

May 4 (UPI) — Lena Dunham thanked fans for their support Thursday in the wake of her Met Gala health scare.

The 30-year-old actress posted an update on Instagram after being rushed to the hospital from the annual gala for endometriosis-related complications Monday.

“Thank you for all the love & concern that’s been pouring in since Tuesday. Although I’m much healthier than I was a year ago, complications arose from my most recent endometriosis surgery,” Dunham captioned a selfie from her hospital bed.

“I also want to remind all the women suffering from chronic illness that we aren’t weak- quite the opposite, actually,” she added. “We do our jobs with skill even when we’re struggling. … We serve major face on a red carpet when we feel like lying face down would be more appropriate.

“I’ll always be proud of those Met Gala pics- not just because I felt beautiful, surrounded by art and magic, hugging my best friend tightly, but because they’re evidence that women contain steely multitudes,” the star said.

Page Six had reported Tuesday that Dunham went from the Met Gala to the emergency room due to “a medical issue.” The star announced in April that she’s “disease-free” after undergoing her fifth surgery in the past year for endometriosis.

“When I emerged, cotton-mouthed, [Dr. Randy Harris] told me something I hadn’t expected to hear, maybe ever: There was no endometriosis left. Between my surgeries and hormonal intervention, I was disease-free,” she recounted.

Dunham is best known as the creator and star of Girls, which completed a sixth and final season on HBO in April. She and fellow showrunner Jenni Konner announced last week that they will bring their Lenny Letter newsletter to life on a six-date tour.


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