Sarah Hyland’s got scars, but she’s showing the world they’re nothing to be ashamed of. The Modern Family actress took to Instagram on Thursday to show off the scars on her stomach following her kidney transplant—and gave a shout out to Ellen DeGeneres while doing so.
“Hey @theellenshow I know you’re besties with Jen but does she wear your underwear outside of her jeans like me? #showyourscars,” she wrote alongside a mirror selfie that showed the lower half of her torso and legs while wearing Ellen DeGeneres underwear.
ICYMI: Hyland was born with kidney dysplasia, or kidneys that are not fully developed. In 2018, the actress told Self that by the time she was 26 years old, she’d had 16 surgeries. Two of the surgeries were kidney transplants: one in 2012, when her father gave her a kidney, and one in 2017, when her body rejected her father's kidney and her brother donated one of his. During that emotional interview, Hyland revealed that she's always felt like a "burden" to her loved ones.
“I had gone through [my whole life] of always being a burden, of always having to be looked after, having to be cared for,” she said at the time.
She also shared that at the time, her physical health took a toll on her mental health—and she felt suicidal. “For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad,” she said.
In the past year, however, the 28-year-old has been showing her scars on social media. In July 2018, she shared a series of selfies that revealed her scars, just a month after she was hospitalized for an unknown health issue.
We are so here for Sarah’s self-loving shots, and we only hope she posts more of them.
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