Article by Claudia May
Who ever told you life was perfect was lying.
Just because life isn’t perfect doesn’t mean life can’t still be amazing, remember that saying, “There’s always a silver lining”. Sarah Hyland knows all about that silver lining thanks to her triumphant journey through living life with “Kidney Dysplasia”. Kidney Dysplasia is when one or both of the kidneys do not develop regularly during the fetal period during a pregnancy. Everyone knows this adolescent playing twenty-one year old starlet from ABC’s, Modern Family who’s been acting since the age of seven. Even when diagnosed with the abnormal kidney development at the age of nine Hyland continued on with her dreams, hopes, and love for acting.
Who knew that the girl who had to go to sleep for twelve hours just to feel like she had seven hours of regular sleep, would now be living a crazy “Hollywood Actress” lifestyle. Despite having to start her early childhood and upward teenage years in pain Hyland found ways to not let her sickness interfere with her dreams.Hyland stated on an interview with ABC, “You know, if you’re sick, you still go to work. And in between takes, you sit down, or you lay your head down or something,” which only showed her fans how strong of a human being she is. Although it was clear and evident that Hyland was accustomed to the pain that came with her Kidney Dysplasia in April of this year it came to a point where the pain was unbearable, which lead to her undergoing kidney transplant surgery.
With the surgery, Hyland gained a new perspective of life and love especially from her father who donated his kidney to her. Being that she proved to be a huge inspiration to her fans George Lopez made Hyland an honorary youth ambassador for his “Lopez Foundation”. The foundation spreads awareness for organ donations and kidney disease. Hyland didn’t let a birth abnormality stop her from accomplishing everything that she ever wanted for herself, nor has she ever used it as an excuse to get one up in life. All she’s learned is to embrace life and to keep family close and find friends that are going to be there when it’s all glitz and glam as well as life’s ugly side, and she advises fans to do the same.