“My surgery went off without a hitch,” she writes. “When I emerged, cotton-mouthed, [Dr. Randy Harris] told me something I hadn’t expected to hear, maybe ever: there was no endometriosis left. Between my surgeries and hormonal intervention, I was disease-free."
Dunham adds, "That doesn’t mean it can never return, but for now, once my sutures have been removed and my bruises have changed from blue to yellow to green to gone, I will be healthy.”
The Golden Globe winner admits that the pain she endured became a part of her self-identity. "All that will remain is my long-term relationship with pain, and it’s time to get real about that,” she explains. “My pain -- physical -- distracted from my deeper pain -- emotional, spiritual -- and became the ultimate excuse. I had two modes: working and hurting. I was convinced there was nobility in it. There was certainly routine."
"Now, because of the unbelievable privilege of having thoughtful doctors, my body has been granted a reprieve," Dunham continues. "And I’m embarrassed to say that the excitement is mixed with loss. Pain and illness defined a time in my life.”
The 30-year-old writer hopes that her story might be a sort of comfort to those who are currently in similar pain. “So many people who suffer will never have the resources I’ve had,” she says. “My job is to educate people, to try to change the pathetic lack of resources for endometriosis, but it’s also to seize this gift. I’ll be more useful that way.”
Jack Antonoff was also grateful to have his girlfriend back from the hospital and shared a photo of her on Instagram. "She's home from the hospital and she's healthy and thank all the gods because I'd turn to dust without her," he sweetly wrote.