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Sarah Hyland On Her Second Kidney Transplant, Dialysis, and Living with a Chronic Illness

Sarah Hyland On Her Second Kidney Transplant, Dialysis, and Living with a Chronic Illness

By her count, Sarah Hyland, 28, has had about 16 surgeries. Six in the past 16 months or so—including a second kidney transplant, laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, and surgery to correct an abdominal hernia.

Her first kidney transplant from 2012 was already public knowledge—her dad gave her one of his when she was 21. But much of the rest of her health history is not. After a few years of occasionally referencing medical issues without going into specifics, she is ready to share more. I’m in Los Angeles to interview her about it.

We’re tucked away in a back booth on the patio of the Polo Lounge. Magenta bougainvillea dot the space, but tree trunks wrapped in fairy lights and a slight bite in the air hint at autumn. Many of the Polo Lounge’s diners are familiar enough to make my brain itch. Hyland fits right in, having become a household name years ago thanks to her role as Haley Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family, the award-winning ensemble comedy that has been running for nearly a decade.

Our conversation, in many ways, is like any other conversation in which a writer (me) interviews a famous 20-something (her) for a celebrity profile (this one). We go to a fancy restaurant for an hour, and talk about the usual things that you’d expect from a story like this: career, love, family, body image, workouts, beauty routines. You know the drill—those mundane (yet somehow fascinating!) details of daily life for a normal celebrity with millions of Instagram followers.

In some important ways, though, this conversation is different. For Hyland, it is impossible to discuss the standard celebrity profile details without also discussing her lifetime of living with chronic illness, which has colored every facet of her life.

About that luminous career: When she started dialysis in February 2017, she chose a center near the Modern Family set, so she could more easily balance work and life. About that love: She met her current boyfriend in person for the first time just three days before undergoing a second kidney transplant in September 2017. About those beauty routines: She’s big into skin-care, and always trying out the newest beauty gadgets that might help with her facial swelling, a side effect of the medication she has to take for the rest of her life. Her health conditions don’t define her, of course. But they certainly have had an impact on the day-to-day.

As we talk, I keep noticing Hyland’s enormous eyes, framed in a fan of long, glorious lashes. Her large gold glasses magnify them, making them look even bigger. She reminds me of a woodland creature that has evolved to peak cuteness as a survival mechanism. I imagine David Attenborough narrating a nature show about life and death in an unforgiving landscape.

But being cute as hell and strong as hell aren’t mutually exclusive, an obvious fact that resonates more deeply the longer we talk. Hyland’s body has put her through the wringer, forcing her to confront her own lack of control and adjust her goals, expectations, relationships, and self-image to make space for her medical needs. Throughout it all, she has exhibited near-superhuman strength and perseverance. And yet, as Hyland points out, something she wishes more people would understand: “I’m just a human being.”

Hyland was born with kidney dysplasia, which essentially means her kidneys didn’t develop normally when she was in the womb. Kidney dysplasia causes your kidneys—those critical bean-shaped organs—to grow cysts. Those cysts can disrupt the kidneys from doing their job of filtering waste products out of your blood.

Some people with only one dysplastic kidney go on to have few, if any, health problems related to the condition. But Hyland’s kidney dysplasia was so severe that she went into kidney failure. Eventually, she needed a transplant. Her father donated one of his.

To the public, that was pretty much it: Hyland needed a kidney, her dad gave her one, case closed.

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But here is what you don’t know.

In October 2016, Hyland’s body began to reject the kidney her father donated to save her life. “When you have an organ transplant, it’s basically a foreign thing in your body,” she explains. “Your immune system will want to attack it and be like, ‘What is this? This is not supposed to be here.’” She was overcome with fatigue, and experienced frequent fevers and infections. A visit to the doctor revealed that her level of the waste product creatinine, which your kidneys are meant to remove from your blood, was higher than it had been before the transplant.

“We did all of these tests and all of these treatments to try and save the kidney,” Hyland says. She shuttled in and out of the hospital for months. “Christmas break, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, my birthday, all of that spent in the hospital,” she says. None of the treatments took. Her medical team compared the transplanted kidney to a home that had caught on fire. As Hyland notes, “You can’t un-burn a house.”

On Valentine’s Day of 2017, Hyland went on dialysis, which is when a machine filters blood for you because your kidneys can’t. It was her first time on dialysis. This required implanting a device called a port into her chest to connect to the dialysis machine. The chest port was visible underneath Hyland’s skin, leading a lot of people to think she had an injury like a broken collar bone. Nope. Just the port. “I called it my tube titty,” Hyland says.

Dialysis was a life-saving slog; Hyland was hooked up to a machine three times a week for four hours per session. Her weight dropped, prompting invasive public speculation. She got sciatica (severe pain radiating from the lower back). Her face swelled up due to immunosuppressant drugs, and fluid retention caused her blood pressure to spike enough to damage her vision, which already wasn’t great.

Hyland responded to this new medical dependence by exerting her independence wherever she possibly could, such as by fitting in dialysis around her shooting schedule. Hence her choosing the dialysis center closest to the Modern Family set. “That’s why I’m so independent,” she says. “In some areas of my life, I literally have no choice but to be dependent. I’ve been going through this for 28 years, and I still am learning how to let go of control and how to be patient.”

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‘Modern Family’s Nolan Gould Reveals Who He Thinks Will Get Married 1st: Ariel Winter Or Sarah Hyland?

‘Modern Family’s Nolan Gould Reveals Who He Thinks Will Get Married 1st: Ariel Winter Or Sarah Hyland?

Will Ariel Winter or Sarah Hyland walk down the aisle first? Their ‘Modern Family’ co-star, Nolan Gould, shared his prediction with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY, and our sources agree!

Are those wedding bells Nolan Gould‘s hearing? The Modern Family star, 20, dished on his co-stars, Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winters‘, relationships during an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Nov. 30. Obviously, both Sarah and Ariel have been dating their respective boyfriends, Wells Adams and Levi Meaden, for quite some time, so we had to ask Nolan who he thinks will get married first, and he had quite the prediction! “If I had to guess, I would say — this is probably going to go viral — I would say Sarah. She’s just a little older and she’s just at that place in her life. Not that Ariel isn’t. She’s super happy and super mature, but I think Sarah may be a little bit older to make those decisions,” he revealed before adding, “I know [she and Wells are] really happy. I’ve known her for 10 years — It’s been a while since I’ve seen her like this. Yeah, it would be awesome. They can go start a modern family of their own!”

Interestingly, our sources agree! HollywoodLife recently learned — EXCLUSIVELY — that friends are convinced the Bachelor In Paradise star, 34, and his lady love, 28, will be getting engaged soon! “Sarah and Wells have the most amazing relationship, it’s the healthiest and most nurturing one she’s ever had, and Wells is such a supportive and loving boyfriend,” a source close to Sarah told us. “For the first time in her life Sarah can actually envision herself settling down and getting married. Sarah can even see herself starting a family with Wells.”

“Sometimes she really can’t believe she’s met somebody so beautiful and loving, and it’s only since she started truly loving herself that she’s been able to accept somebody like Wells into her life. Sarah and Wells have discussed the issue of marriage, it’s definitely on the cards at some point in the future, and all their friends are betting on a proposal happening before the end of next year,” our source continued.

So it sounds like Nolan many be onto something! And if he, and our sources, are correct, could we please get an invite? Sarah and Wells’ wedding would be so fun!

Sarah and Wells have been dating for a little over a year now, and Ariel, 20, and actor Levi, 31, have been dating for two!

Source: Hollywood Life

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Sarah to host 2 Disney Specials this year

Sarah to host 2 Disney Specials this year

We’ve just gotten our first gift of the season—three of them, actually. A trio of star-studded TV specials are coming to ABC and Disney Channel, beginning Thursday, November 29. Not only will the TV events bring the sights and sounds of the holidays at Disney parks right to your home, but they’ll also feature exclusive looks at upcoming attractions and experiences coming to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Here’s what we know about the three specials:

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration — Thursday, November 29 (9–11 p.m. EST on ABC and on the ABC app)

Jordan Fisher—singer, songwriter and Dancing with the Stars: Juniors host—and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Jesse Palmer returns as Disneyland host for this star-studded prime-time celebration chock full of musical performances, special appearances and, of course, Disney holiday magic—including an incredible castle-lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the globe from Florida and California to Paris, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Musical performances include:

  • Multi-Grammy® Award-winning superstar Gwen Stefani lights up the night with “Feliz Navidad.”
  • Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter Meghan Trainor performs a medley of her hits.
  • CMA Award-winning country artist Brett Eldredge, joined by Meghan Trainor, sing the classic holiday duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from Eldredge’s album Glow.
  • Andrea Bocelli shares his unmistakable voice, singing a Christmas classic; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform their beautiful new duet, “Fall on Me,” from Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
  • Jordan Fisher performs his Christmas hit, “Come December.”
  • Grammy Award-nominated artist Aloe Blacc performs his debut single, “I Got Your Christmas Right Here,” from his first-ever holiday album, Christmas Funk, out November 9.
  • American Idol winner Maddie Poppe sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
  • Chart-topping, breakout music group Why Don’t We performs a medley of the classic “Silent Night” and their original holiday song “Hey Good Lookin.”

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (Tuesday, December 25, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, 9–11 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app)

Who doesn’t love a Disney Christmas Parade? Hosts Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland share a magical holiday tradition—the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade—with families around the globe. Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the celebration will be merrier than ever before, bringing together the adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests, and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Joining the festivities as parade correspondents are Freeform’s grown-ish actor Trevor Jackson and star of Freeform’s upcoming series Good Trouble, Cierra Ramirez.

Musical performances include the following:

  • Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas.
  • Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”
  • Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”
  • Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his first holiday album, Christmas Funk, out November 9.
  • Freeform’s Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.
  • American Idol winner Maddie Poppe celebrates the season with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
  • Disney’s dynamic a cappella group DCappella performs the popular Christmas hit “Last Christmas.”
  • Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album, A Why Don’t We Christmas.

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade airs as part of Disney|ABC’s company-wide 25 Days of Christmas programming event—and it’s a tradition that we’ve long held dear. Stay tuned for more details as they’re announced!

Source: D23

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Los Angeles No Kid Hungry Dinner

Los Angeles No Kid Hungry Dinner

Sarah is well known for her charity work. Years ago she started working with No Kid Hungry and attends their annual dinners to keep supporting them. Last night (October 26th) Sarah attended the Los Angeles dinner. During the event she talked with The Hollywood Reporter about several things:

Sarah on the latest Modern Family episode:

There’s so many things I loved about that storyline. I think especially the idea of a brother and sister having a very different relationship to the family member that has passed and being able to come to solid ground on how they feel.

Sarah on the end of Modern Family:

It’s going to be hard to say goodbye. [About how she wants Haley to be at the end of the show. THR wrote: She hopes by the finale, Haley grows up and learns responsibility.] “I think it’s about five years past her time.

Sarah on her work with No Kid Hungry:

I’m so proud to have been a part of this organization for so long, and I’m really proud to be here tonight thinking back at that crazy little dinner that we had. Here we are eight years later.

Source: THR

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Sarah Hyland to attend “Mickey’s 90th” Special on ABC

Sarah Hyland to attend “Mickey’s 90th” Special on ABC

ABC will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the iconic Mickey Mouse character with a special broadcast on November 4.

Entitled “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,” the two-hour special will run from 8-10PM ET. It will feature a variety of celebrity appearances and performances.

Those set to appear include Sofia Carson, Kristen Bell, Tony Hale and Sarah Hyland. Confirmed performers include Josh Groban, NCT 127, Meghan Trainor, Leslie Odom Jr and Zac Brown Band.

In conjunction with the announcement, ABC revealed song selections:

  • Josh Groban will perform “Granted.”
  • NCT 127 will perform “Regular.”
  • Leslie Odom will perform “When You Wish Upon A Star.”
  • Meghan Trainor will perform “You’ve Got A Friend In Me.”
  • Zac Brown Band will perform “Bare Necessities.”

Additional attendees and performers will be announced at a later date.

Source: Headline Planet

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Sarah on “Sentimental” Gift Wells got for Their 1-Year Anniversary

Sarah on “Sentimental” Gift Wells got for Their 1-Year Anniversary

Sarah Hyland is proud of being part of a “hipster” couple with Wells Adams, her boyfriend of one year.

Last Sunday, the 27-year-old Modern Family actress and 34-year-old Bachelorette alum celebrated the first anniversary of their first kiss. Also that weekend, the two had a couple of star-studded date nights at multiple 2018 Emmys parties before the award show. Hyland, however, considers the anniversary to be on the day they made things “official.” She told E! News, “We’re not really sure what the official rules are.”

Hyland chatted with E! News on Friday at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, which she attended with Adams and told us all about his “touching and sentimental” gift to her.

“I take a lot of Polaroids all the time,” she said. “He took all the Polaroids I take and put them in his typewriter and wrote things on them. Then he bought a leather-bound journal that you can put pictures in…He’s amazing.”

Hyland joked that she and Adams were “such a hipster f–king couple” thanks to their Polaroids and leather-bound books.

Hyland also dished (and stayed mum) about some upcoming Modern Family news. The sitcom plans on killing off one of the “significant characters” this season, but who it is remains a mystery. She remained tight-lipped when asked about which beloved person it would be. All she said was, “People will be sad. It’s a death.”

At the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Hyland and Adams walked the red carpet together. She later appeared onstage to introduce Jack White. Adams filmed them from a distance and posted the video on his Instagram Stories.

“There’s sexy and then there’s your girlfriend introducing Jack White in a killer white dress sexy,” he wrote.

On Saturday, both Hyland and Adams shared videos on their Instagram stories of them wandering around the music festival wearing matching visors and enjoying a performance by Justin Timberlake.

Source: E! News

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‘Modern Family’ Season 10 Promotionals

‘Modern Family’ Season 10 Promotionals

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family with Jay Pritchett sitting at the head. By his side Is his vivacious, younger second wife, Gloria, and together they are navigating life with their youngest son, Joe, and Gloria’s son, Manny, who is heading off to college to explore the world on his own terms. Meanwhile, Jay’s grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, are learning to navigate life as empty-nesters with the youngest, Luke, now out of high school and looking to his next move; middle daughter Alex is learning how to balance academia and a social life, and eldest Haley is still living at home as she pursues a career and love.

Then there’s Claire’s brother and Jay’s grown son, Mitchell, and his husband, Cameron, who are about to enter the dreaded middle-school years with their newly discovered, gifted daughter, Lily. These three families are unique unto themselves, and together they give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.

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The promotionals were shot by Robert Ashcroft. Find MQs in the gallery now.

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Sarah Hyland soaks up the sun in $9,500-a-week bungalow

Sarah Hyland soaks up the sun in $9,500-a-week bungalow

Sarah Hyland and boyfriend Wells Adams have been living it up in luxury during their romantic Mexican vacation.

As reported Tuesday, the lovebirds have been enjoying the delights of the Karisma resort, El Dorado Maroma in The Palafitos where they’ve been soaking up the sun for several days.

The actress and the radio host, who have been dating since last October, are reported to have stayed in a $9,500-a-week overwater bungalow with glass floors, an indoor jacuzzi and a private infinity pool.

Upscale digs: Sarah Hyland and boyfriend Wells Adams have been living it up in luxury  at a $9,500-a-week overwater bungalow during their romantic Mexican vacation

Hyland, 27, and Adams, 33, dined at the resort’s restaurant, enjoyed karaoke and watched fire dancers perform on the beach, the gossip website said.

The Modern Family actress and The Bachelorette alum also sailed aboard a private catamaran.

The luxury resort offers every convenience including restaurants, karaoke evenings and fire dancers on the beach relaxing in style: The Modern Family actress and The Bachelorette alum also sailed aboard a private catamaran as their nine-month romance heats up

Adams recently revealed he’s leaving Nashville, Tennessee, where he’s a radio host, and is moving to Los Angeles to be with his actress girlfriend Sarah Hyland.

The former reality star shared his big news about moving in with the Modern Family star during Friday’s episode of the podcast he does with Miley Cyrus’s sister Brandi.

‘Should I just say it? I guess it’s going to come out after, it doesn’t even matter,’ he said on Your Favorite Thing. ‘I’m straight up moving to L.A.’

He went on: ‘First thought is: Let’s go to California. Let’s move in with the lady.’

‘If we’re going to take the next step, this is the first step we’ve got to take to decide if we can handle living with one another, you know?’ he added.

Source: Daily Mail

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Sarah Hyland Reveals Shocking Photo Of ‘Painful’ Swollen Face

Sarah Hyland Reveals Shocking Photo Of ‘Painful’ Swollen Face

‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland has been hospitalized. The starlet revealed her recent health troubles, including a ‘painful’ swollen face, on her Instagram Story on June 21. Is she OK? Here’s everything we know so far.

Sarah Hyland, 27, posted a photo on her Instagram Story of her swollen face during her latest hospital stay. “Sometimes a selfie is more than just a good angle or feelin cute. This time for #NationalSelfieDay, I’ve decided to share my truth. As painful as it is,” she captioned the photo of her face. The Modern Family actress also noted, “So here is my face that was torn from work against my will. But I’m very grateful it was. Health should always come first.”

The actress was hospitalized on June 18. While we don’t know for sure if she’s still in the hospital, she did share a sweet Instagram video of her dog and wrote, “Can’t wait to come back to my precious angel princess. She’s perfect and knows exactly what I need at all times. This was taken this past Sunday. Day before hospitalization. She was literally telling me to get treatment.”

Sarah’s hospitalization comes 6 years after her life-saving kidney transplant because of her battle with kidney dysplasia, which is caused by the kidneys not developing correctly in the womb. Her health troubles continued after the 2012 transplant, and she was bullied online by mean trolls because of the amount of weight she had lost. She opened up about her fluctuating weight in 2017 and called out the haters. “No one’s head should be bigger than their body but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. 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,” she wrote on Twitter. “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 says. “For those on Prednisone I know what you’re going through and I commend you sticking it out as I have.”

Prednisone is a common medication used after a kidney transplant, according to the National Kidney Foundation. One of the side effects is face, arms, hands, lower legs, and feet swelling. Sarah recently revealed that she only weighs 87 pounds as a result of suffering from “chronic pain.” Get well soon, Sarah!

Source: Hollywood Life

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Nominated as Best Actress In A Comedy at the TCA’s 2018

Nominated as Best Actress In A Comedy at the TCA’s 2018

Hylanders, this is our time to shine and to give Sarah something special back. She was nominated at this year’s Teen Choice Awards in the category Best Actress In A Comedy. How exciting is that?! Also Modern Family is nominated as Comedy TV Show. Way to vote: either vote on or use Twitter to tweet “My #TeenChoice vote for #ChoiceComedyTVShow goes to @ModernFam” for Modern Family and “My #TeenChoice vote for #ChoiceComedyTVActress goes to @Sarah_Hyland” to votw for Sarah. Congratulations to Sarah and the cast of Modern Family for their nominations! We’re so proud of you.