Lena Dunham cancels Lenny tour as endometriosis returns

"To be perfectly honest, I’m in the greatest amount of physical pain that I have ever experienced"

19 May 2017

Lena Dunham has cancelled a planned tour for her Lenny newsletter, because her endometriosis has recurred, following supposedly successful surgery in April.

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The actress revealed the news to her fans in her Lenny newsletter this week, saying that her body "just doesn’t have what it takes to do this tour".

"To be perfectly honest, I’m in the greatest amount of physical pain that I have ever experienced," she wrote.

"After being told I was endometriosis-free after my last procedure, more disease was found in deeper spots that required immediate surgery and now physical therapy. This disease is wily and unrelenting, and I’m really blessed to have a community, both online and IRL, who let me express how hard that is. Inspired by you, I’m gonna say “Eff you” to embarrassment and walk the walk of a woman who really takes care of herself. My goals have to be simplified for this moment: to write and to heal."

Dunham said that she would be making a personal donation to the charities that the tour would have supported, and that the tour would be back when she felt better.

"We hope to be back when my uterus has taken a chill pill," she wrote, adding wryly: "(But not my spiritual uterus. She’ll never chill. She’s incapable of chill.)"

She had previously detailed a recent incident where she experienced a "knees-buckling, back-aching, [and] dry-heaving-at-the idea-of-breakfast" level of pain. Despite trying multiple natural pain-relief methods - such as exercise and diet changes - nothing was making a significant difference so she sought help from the hospital and was scheduled for surgery.

“When I emerged, cotton-mouthed, [the doctor] told me something I hadn’t expected to hear, maybe ever: there was no endometriosis left," she wrote. "I was disease-free."

Unfortunately though, it could be for a limited time - endometriosis can return.

Despite this, the actress seemed nothing but positive, "For now," Dunham continued, "once my sutures have been removed and my bruises have changed from blue to yellow to green to gone, I will be healthy. All that will remain is my long-term relationship with pain, and it’s time to get real about that.”

Endometriosis is the presence of uterus tissue in other parts of the body and it affects around one in 10 women. Here's what you need to know.

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