Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has always been outspoken about her health issues, using her voice to raise awareness. In 2012, the actress revealed she suffered from kidney dysplasia, which required her to have a kidney transplant. Hyland's father served as the donor.
“You know that family is always going to be there for you – no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin' kidney!” she tells the magazine. “But it’s also the families that you create outside of your family. And you really find out what kind of people you’re friends with. It was just amazing, and it really opened my eyes to see who’s there for me and who’s not.”
Hyland faced criticism earlier in 2017, with fans saying she was too thin and was "promoting an unhealthy lifestyle." The 27-year-old was quick to point out that her health meant she couldn't always keep weight on.
“I haven’t had the greatest year. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it but for now, I’d like my privacy. I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes,” she wrote on Twitter. “I have been told that I can’t work out. Which, for me, is very upsetting. I love to be STRONG. (I’ll be using that word a lot) Strength is everything. Being strong has gotten me where I am. Both mentally and physically. I am not a fan of ‘being skinny.’ ”
"Considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass," Hyland continued. "My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like. So I strive to be as healthy as possible, as everyone should. Oh and no that’s not photoshop. Those are my legs. Those are my arms. I write this because I’ve been accused of promoting anorexia in, ironically enough, an anti bullying post. And I want young girls to know that that’s NOT my intention.”
“I don’t mind when you say that I look pregnant. Or fat. Because I know that my face is swollen from my medication that is saving my life,” she added. “For those on Prednisone I know what you’re going through and I commend you sticking it out as I have.”
But that life-saving medication, or lack thereof, was the reason for a lot of pain in Hyland's life, and she's blaming CVS.