Lena Dunham is reflecting on her evolving opinions about her body.

On Saturday, the former Girls star, 32, posted side-by-side mirror selfies in which she bares her stomach. She labeled the left picture “Found this pic from summer 2017” and the right picture “Here I am day after Thanks G 2018″ on her Instagram Story.

“I was very sick but fetishizing my own body,” Dunham wrote beneath the older snapshot.


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“I am happy, proud & healing and so I should fetishize this body and offer her THANX,” Dunham said beneath the recent photo.

“TFW you feel it so hard that you take it from stories to feed,” Dunham captioned the Instagram post.

 
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Dunham, who had her left ovary removed in October, has been open about her health challenges in the past.

Earlier in November, Dunham shared another side-by-side set of pictures representing her recovery from previously having her uterus and cervix removed to relieve pain stemming from endometriosis .

“What a difference a year makes… First photo was indeed a year ago today, on the first night after my hysterectomy for severe endometriosis. I was smiling but my eyes say it all: full of anxiety and grief that I couldn’t locate through the layers of pain meds and benzos,” Dunham wrote in the caption. “Severe undiagnosed PTSD, feelings that my worth and purpose were being taken from me, angry and self-pitying with no sense of how I’d emerge.”

 

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What a difference a year makes… First photo was indeed a year ago today, on the first night after my hysterectomy for severe endometriosis. I was smiling but my eyes say it all: full of anxiety and grief that I couldn’t locate through the layers of pain meds and benzos. Severe undiagnosed PTSD, feelings that my worth and purpose were being taken from me, angry and self-pitying with no sense of how I’d emerge. Plus, my hair had fallen out in odd clumps and I’d taken it upon myself to dye what remained electric blue cuz if you’re gonna spiral why not SPIRAL (shout out to @joanaavillez for being a true friend and bringing Manic Panic when I demanded it at night in the hospital, though. I love you Jo.) The second pic was taken tonight, happy joyous and (substance) free. The last year hasn’t been all roses and Kenny G songs, but it’s been proof enough for me in the presence of the divine. The divine- it’s been there in the kindness of my family, friends, chronically ill folks online. It’s also been there in the moments where I cried myself to sleep, shocked by the sounds coming out of me. It’s in the light slanting on my comforter, the resilience of my best friend’s baby clonking her head then giggling, the new hairs sprouting at my temples. Mostly I’ve found it in my own strength, because who the fuck knew. And I don’t mean strength as in powering through. I mean strength as in vulnerability, feeling it all, taking it as it comes and dancing even with a hospital grade pad in my underwear. I surprised myself. I bet you can surprise yourself too.

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In October, Dunham revealed on Dax Shepard‘s podcast Armchair Expert that she was six months sober after kicking her use of Klonopin, which she took for anxiety.

“The second pic was taken tonight, happy joyous and (substance) free. The last year hasn’t been all roses and Kenny G songs, but it’s been proof enough for me in the presence of the divine,” Dunham continued in her caption. “Mostly I’ve found it in my own strength. … I mean strength as in vulnerability, feeling it all, taking it as it comes and dancing even with a hospital grade pad in my underwear. I surprised myself. I bet you can surprise yourself too.”

 

In August, in honor of the 9-month anniversary of the hysterectomy, she posted a series of nude selfies.

“I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to,” she wrote. “My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself.”

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