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Sarah Hyland inspired by health issues

Sarah Hyland inspired by health issues

Sarah Hyland decided to become an actress after being told she might "never have a normal life."

The 'Modern Family' actress was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia - a condition that results in fluid-filled cysts because the organs fail to develop properly - as a baby, and was forced to undergo a transplant in 2012, but believes her health issues have made her stronger and more ambitious.

The 24-year-old star explained: "I was born with so many health issues that doctors told my mother I would never have a normal life. And she said, 'You're right, she won't - but it won't be because of her health.'

"When my mother told me that story, it resonated with me: If I can't have an ordinary life, I might as well have an extraordinary one. If you set your mind to something, you'll achieve it.

"When you're feeling vulnerable, it can lead to doubt and second-guessing. It will steer you away from your goals and your happiness.

"Once you have a goal, keep moving forward - even if you're taking baby steps."

The blonde beauty feels grateful for everything she has achieved to date.

She told the May issue of Seventeen magazine: "I am happiest when I am doing something I love. And I love 'Modern Family' - it's the best job I've had in my 20 years as an actress. It didn't come easily or fast or free: It took me 14 years to land a gig like this."