Lena Dunham recently penned a moving essay for Vogue about her difficult and painful decision to have her uterus removed. In an essay titled: “Lena Dunham on Her Decision to Have a Hysterectomy at 31,” she described the years of her life spent suffering from endometriosis and her exhaustive search to alleviate her constant pain. In her piece, she details the decisions that led her to check into a hospital with an unwavering directive: “I am not leaving until they stop this pain or take my uterus.”
Lena also used the essay to describe how living with chronic pain had taken a toll on her longterm relationship. (She and Jack Antonoff broke up in January 2018.) Dunham’s writing sheds light on their breakup and how she felt them growing apart as her endo pain grew.
On Valentine’s Day, Antonoff shared Dunham’s essay on Twitter, calling it a “beautiful piece.”
We obviously don’t know the finer details about their relationship, but we imagine it must be increasingly difficult when one partner is suffering from chronic pain like the kind Dunham endured. At the end of the day, they both appear to have so much respect for one another and we commend Dunham for having the bravery to make this decision about her health.