They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and Sarah Hyland’s new ribcage tattoo seems to be proof of just that. Taking to Instagram, the Candies creative director showed off brand new ink by celebrity artist Dr. Woo, which appears to be a line going through a circle target.
“’The best way out is always through’ — Robert Frost,” she wrote. “Symbolism by @_dr_woo_, one of my favorite quotes.”
It’s a fitting quote for Hyland, 26, who has undergone her fair share of struggles as of late. Not only did the Modern Family star skip this year’s SAG Awards due to health reasons, but she was forced to pen a heartbreaking note back in May to shut down online trolls who would bully the star for her weight.
“I haven’t had the greatest year,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes, and with that, physical changes. I have been told I can’t work out… 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.”
While she didn’t get into specifics, the XOXO actress has been plenty open about her issues with kidney dysplasia in the past, a condition in which the kidneys don’t develop properly at birth and fluid-filled cysts replace normal kidney tissue. She underwent a kidney transplant back in 2012 as a result, a procedure which has an average lifespan of about 15 years for a living donor (Hyland received her kidney from her father).
From the looks of things, the star’s new ink may be a reminder that the only way out of her current situation is to keep fighting through it, which makes for some pretty strong symbolism, indeed.
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