In the modern world of social media how else does a troubled superstar ask for help with a personal problem... Sarah Hyland chose Instagram.
Known by millions as the eldest daughter in the hit comedy show "Modern Family" Sarah Hyland has suffered from birth with a challenging condition called kidney dysplasia. Sufferers from dysplasia have one or more kidney where the internal structures of the organ do not develop properly. So instead of regular kidney tissue they develop fluid filled sacs, cysts, which can cause a range of reactions from pain and high blood pressure to urinary tract problems and the risk of damage to the healthy kidney where only one is affected.
When Sarah was diagnosed at the age of 9 she already had an enviable list of great shows on her acting CV. She described feeling tired and sick if she did not get 12 hours sleep. The result was that she would try and recover between takes, as she described it "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."
Six years ago Sarah received a kidney from her actor father giving her a new lease of life, something an estimated 4,500 others will die waiting for. She continues to work as an ambassador with the Lopez Foundation, set up by actor George Lopez to raise awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.
Now 27 years old Sarah has now taken to Instagram to try and find the solution to a new problem, her hair loss. Pointing at the medication she continues to require Sarah attempted to crowd source some advice from her legion of followers. "Help, help, help." She wrote "What hair-care products are out there for thinning hair? This 27 year old would like to know" She went on "I know it seems like I don't but I do. Some of my medications have been making my hair fall out." It seems that some of the more popular products are unavailable to Sarah because of the medications she continues to require so she was looking for alternatives.
Her 5 million followers did not let her down either, she was inundated with ideas. In the end she posted to say she had settled on a mix of castor and coconut oil and avocado mix, "maybe I will put some vitamin E in there. I don't know" she added.
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Good to see a celebrity, very much associated with beauty, speaking so candidly about her hair loss, particularly so when the celebrity in question is just 27 years old. We wish her a speedy recovery, no idea whether her proposed concoction will help with that but if not it sounds like the basis for a good smoothie.
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