Lena Dunham needs help, and she isn't afraid to use it. The Girls creator and star was photographed leaving a doctor's appointment in L.A. holding a cane, and once busted, she shared the shot on Instagram and explained her situation.
The 33-year-old said she is struggling with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare disorder that causes weak and painful joints, and loose skin. She realizes she could have pretended to be in Halloween mode, but opted for truth.
"The truth is just: This is what life is like when I'm struggling most with chronic illness," she wrote. "An Ehlers-Danlos syndrome flare means that I need support from more than just my friends… so thank you, sweet cane!"
Dunham said that admitting she need a cane was huge. "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," she said.
She also addressed the fact that she was wearing a nightgown.
"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," she said. "I mean, didn't Bieber wear hotel slippers for like five years? Yeah, so I can wear my glamour nighty for two hours."
Later, she shared a more upbeat shot. An hour later, I'm in a meeting look tackling the job I love," she said. "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."
In addition to contending with Ehlers-Danlos, Dunham has endometriosis. After years of openly dealing with endometriosis, she had a full hysterectomy, removing her uterus. After that, she became dependent on Klonopin and went to rehab.