The ordeal left Hyland “very depressed,” and she even contemplated suicide, she told the magazine.
“I had gone through 26 years of always being a burden, of always having to be looked after, having to be cared for because I’ve always had health issues. And it’s a really helpless feeling,” she said. “Things like this can be really hard on a person.”
Hyland underwent dialysis from February to October 2017. During that process, it was discovered her younger brother was a match.
She had her second transplant in September 2017.
In spring 2018, she also had surgery to treat her endometriosis and another to repair her hernia.
After six surgeries in a year and a half, Hyland says she’s now “stable” and “super happy with life.”