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Lena Dunham just got a new tattoo, and she's showing it to the world to help spread a message: It's okay to be "sick."

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Lina Kharnak had developed intense cramps and back pain in the weeks leading up to her periods. Doctors were stumped. After doing a little research, she went to some specialists and asked whether she might have endometriosis, but they openly dismissed the possibility and instead focused most of their attention on treating her symptoms.

Years later, once her kidneys had shut down and she required intensive surgery to save her life, Kharnak learned she had been right the whole time.

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