Lena Dunham took to social media to reveal her diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a chronic disease that affects the joints and skin. Dunham posted the announcement on Instagram in response to the publication of a paparazzi photo that showed her walking with a cane. “This is what life is like when I’m struggling most with chronic illness,” she wrote. “An Ehler-Danlos syndrome flare means that I need support from more than just my friends… so thank you, sweet cane!”
Dunham is one of many celebrities to reveal they have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Recently the singer Sia tweeted she has the neurological disease and is “suffering with chronic pain,” and “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil also has said she was diagnosed with the disorder.
According to the National Institute of Health’s Library of Medicine, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of disorders that affects connective tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs and tissues. Many people with the condition have soft, fragile skin and bruise and scar easily.
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