Lena Dunham reveals on Instagram she has a chronic illness


Actress and writer Lena Dunham revealed to the world in an Instagram post that she is dealing with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a chronic disease that affects the joints and skin.

Dunham posted the news in response to a paparazzi photo that showed her walking with the assistance of a cane.

“This is what life is like when I’m struggling most with chronic illness,” the “Girls” star wrote. “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,’” she added. “But it’s so much less weird to actually be able to participate than to stay in bed all day.”

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs and tissues, according to the National Institute of Health’s Library of Medicine. Suffers are more prone to dislocating joints, bruising severely and easily, severe scaring, poor wound healing, the development of fleshy lesions and other symptoms.