Lena Dunham Reveals She Suffers From Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Thanks Her ‘Sweet Cane’

Lena Dunham has responded to those paparazzi pics in which she walks with a cane in her night gown.

The actress shared a lengthy caption alongside one of the snaps on Instagram over the weekend.

She announced she’d been dealing with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome — a chronic disease that affects the joints and skin.

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I could choose to be embarrassed by these paparazzi pics- I mean, that’s probably the point of someone publishing them in the first place- but I’m really not. I could lie and say it was an early Halloween look (Don’t you get it? I’m going as a con woman leaving a Florida Keys jail after being acquitted of murdering her husband, and now she’s trying to get disability license plates.) But the truth is just: This is what life is like when I’m struggling most with chronic illness. An Ehler-Danlos syndrome flare means that I need support from more than just my friends… so thank you, sweet cane! For years, I resisted doing anything that would make my physical situation easier, insisting that a cane would “make things weird.” But it’s so much less weird to actually be able to participate than to stay in bed all day. And yes, you'd better believe I'm wearing my nightgown. I was walking four feet to the car to go to the doctor and I wanted to be full cozy. I mean, didn't Bieber wear hotel slippers for like five years? Yeah, so I can wear my glamour nighty for two hours. And then an hour later, I’m in a meeting look tackling the job I love. That’s the two-fold life of a woman with chronic illness; we still rock our dreams and goals and passions (and fashions) and we live many lives in one day. Tell me about your day!

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Joking about the fact she could have said it was an early Halloween look, Dunham said, “For years, I resisted doing anything that would make my physical situation easier, insisting that a cane would ‘make things weird.'”

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“But it’s so much less weird to actually be able to participate than to stay in bed all day. And yes, you’d better believe I’m wearing my nightgown. I was walking four feet to the car to go to the doctor and I wanted to be full cozy.”

Dunham’s post comes after Sia also revealed she suffered from the disease.

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