Sarah Hyland reveals how 'Modern Family' helped her through health struggles

Sarah Hyland has been vocal about her health struggles. Now she’s opening up about how her “Modern Family” co-stars and crew helped along the way. 

During a Friday appearance on “Good Morning America,” Hyland, 28, said it was helpful to have the show, now in its tenth season, to distract herself from the struggles of living with kidney dysplasia, a condition she was born with that has led to 16 surgeries including a second kidney transplant in 2017. 

“Being at work is so amazing to me because it’s what I love,” she said. “The cast is amazing, the crew is amazing… Most of our crew members have been with us since day one, so I’ve really grown up with these people. I’ve seen them get married and have kids and all of that.

She continued: “They always can tell if I’m not feeling well. Even our props guy or someone like that will be like, ‘I’m here if you need anything. I can tell and I know you don’t like to complain, but if you need anything just let me know.’ They’ve been really amazing to me.”

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Aside from her co-workers, Hyland credits her friends for helping her get through tough days. 

“This sisterhood that I have with these girls is just amazing. And also dogs are the greatest thing ever to happen in the entire world,” she said. “You have to actively stay positive throughout things. It can take a toll on your mental health and your body but as long as you surround yourself with the right people and stay positive, you just — yeah. But I’m good.” 


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  • When Modern Family debuted in 2009, the comedy was lauded for showing a different, more non-traditional version of an extended American family. As it heads into its 11th and final season, here's a look at where they started and where they are now.1 of 11
  • Ty Burrell as Phil, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Ariel Winter as Alex, Nolan Gould as Luke and Julie Bowen as Claire in the first season of the show.2 of 11
  • Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, Ty Burrell as Phil, Julie Bowen as Claire and Sarah Hyland as Haley at the start of the 10th season of the show.3 of 11
  • Rico Rodriguez as Manny, Sofa Vergara as Gloria and Ed O'Neill as Jay in the first season of Modern Family.4 of 11
  • Rico Rodriguez as Manny, Jeremy Maguire as Joe, Sofia Vergara as Gloria and Ed O'Neill as Jay (with Brigitte as Stella) in the 10th season of the show.5 of 11
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell and Eric Stonestreet as Cameron in the first season.6 of 11
  • Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell and Eric Stonestreet as Cameron.7 of 11
  • Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet in season five, in which Mitch and Cam got married with their daughter, Lily, serving as flower girl.8 of 11
  • The show included several family vacation like this9 of 11
  • The show was also well known for its celebrity guest stars including Benjamin Bratt, Fred Willard and Nathan Lane (left, with Ty Burrell).10 of 11
  • Modern Family has won 21 Emmy Awards, including best comedy for five years in a row from 2010-14. The full cast is seen here after their win in 2012.11 of 11

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