‘Modern Family’ Star Sarah Hyland Has Been Hiding a Serious Illness for Years (VIDEO)

sarah hylandWow. Sarah Hyland is the last celeb I would've thought was battling a chronic disease, but the 21-year-old Modern Family star reveals her lifelong struggle with kidney dysplasia in the new issue of Seventeen magazine (on sale May 22). Not only that, but she's currently recovering from the kidney transplant she had just last month (her dad was the donor!).

Hyland was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia at the age of 9, but had to wait years for her condition to deteriorate before transplant surgery became an option. That means the actress was forced to spend most of her life balancing a successful career with a serious illness.

And since kidney dysplasia can cause everything from extreme fatigue to dizziness, pain, shortness of breath and nausea, this wasn't always easy ...

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“If you're sick you still go to work and in between takes you sit down or you lay your head down or something," said Hyland.

“I try to make it so that Haley's always sitting down. If you notice she's sitting down a lot, texting, or like leaning on something, texting.”

Aww, what a trooper! Lay your head down in between takes?
Talk about a professional! I don't think I could pull off the same feat with such grace.

Sarah Hyland, I give you a LOT of credit.

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