Sarah Hyland opens up about 'invisible illness' in reaction to 'hated' paparazzi photo

Sarah Hyland opens up about 'invisible illness' in reaction to 'hated' paparazzi photo

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has taken to Instagram to open up about what it's like suffering from an invisible illness. Hyland has been outspoken about her various health struggles, one of which saw her undergo two kidney transplants.

Diagnosed with kidney dysplasia, the 29-year-old actress had her first transplant at the age of 21. Unfortunately, her body rejected the kidney her father donated, so her brother had to donate a second.

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Needless to say, it was an incredibly difficult time for the actress, who admitted contemplating suicide in an interview with SELF last December.

The surgeries Hyland underwent to treat her kidney dysplasia made significant changes to her body. In fact, a recent paparazzi photo of the actress, which reveal the changes to her body post-surgeries, made Hyland feel self-conscious.

But rather than keep her insecurities under wraps, she decided to post the photo to Instagram with this touching caption:

"To my fellow #invisibleillness warriors. It’s ok to be insecure about your body. Just remember to check in with yourself at least once a day and say thank you. Our bodies have endured unfathomable feats that our minds barely have time to comprehend what has actually happened," she wrote in her post.

"With inflammation, excess water gain, and medications, my skin has a hard time bouncing back," she continued. "I saw this picture and HATED it but quickly readjusted my attitude and decided to celebrate it. Love yourself and be patient. We are all stronger than we think we are."

Needless to say, plenty of people showed the star their support, including her some of Hyland's more high-profile friends.

"Yes Sarah" Laverne Cox commented.

While Lilly Collins added, "Powerful mama."

"I love you," wrote hairstylist Riawna Capri. "Thank You for sharing and helping others to appreciate their battle scars that kept them alive. You are a gem and I’m honored to have you in my life."

And actor Tyler Williams said, "Looking like the warrior queen you are."