14 Celebrities you didn’t know were living with chronic illness
A chronic illness is a long-term medical condition that requires treatment and management over a long period of time in most cases even years. According to a report 6 put of 10 people are living with a chronic disease. Celebrities could make no exception. By being open about their health struggles, celebrities have played a part in raising awareness of many chronic conditions.
Below are some celebrities who have publicly spoken about their chronic health conditions:
1. Selena Gomez – Lupus
Gomez revealed in 2015 that she has lupus, an inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues. In 2017 she had a kidney transplant, and the donor was her best friend Francia Raisa.
2. Nick Jonas – Type 1 diabetes
Jonas is among the 1.2 million Americans living with type 1 diabetes. It is an autoimmune disorder, which is not caused by lifestyle factors, where blood glucose levels are too high because the body cannot produce the hormone, insulin.
3. Bella Hadid – Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from a tick. If the disease is not found in time, it can cause long-lasting symptoms like pain in the joints, problems affecting the nervous system, extreme fatigue and heart problems.
4. Lil Wayne – Epilepsy
The rapper suffers from epilepsy, a condition which affects the brain and is mostly known for causing fits or seizures.
5. Michael J Fox – Parkinson’s
The actor was 29 when he discovered he had Parkinson’s, an illness traditionally connected with older people. Parkinson’s is a condition where the brain becomes increasingly damaged and is identified by shaking.
6. Gigi Hadid – Hashimoto’s disease
This condition is also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and is a thyroid disease which can cause difficulty in concentrating, hair loss, fatigue and weight gain. Hadid lost a lot of weight few years ago leading fans to rumor she was suffering anorexia or bulimia.
7. Kim Kardashian – Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease. The disease causes peeling, swelling, and above all, a lot of pain. Kardashian shared with her followers on instagram that she lives with psoriasis.
8. Christina Aguilera – Depression
Christina Aguilera suffers from depression, a mental illness that affects the patient’s behavior and perception of reality. She opened up about her condition, saying that feelings of sadness are always very present to her.
9. Pamela Anderson – Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is an infection that attacks the liver and causes fatigue, loss of appetite and yellowing of the skin. While sharing a tattoo needle with her then husband Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson contracted the disease.
10. Miley Cyrus – Arrhythmia
Arrhythmia is an alteration of the heart rhythm that has a tremendous risk. It can make the heart beat too slow or too fast. Miley has publicly spoken about her condition.
11. Halle Berry – Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that can damage the eyes, heart, and kidneys. Halle Berry was diagnosed with the illness after she passed out on a TV show.
12. Lady Gaga- Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a neurological disease that leads to fatigue and severe pain. Lady Gaga has actively helped raise awareness about this little unknown disease.
13. Pink – Asthma
Asthma is an inflammation of the airways that prevents the person from breathing normally. Pink was born with a collapsed lung and has suffered from asthma since she was a little girl.
14 – Winona Ryder – Anxiety
Winona Ryder is living with anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks result in accelerated heart rates, breathing problems, upset stomach, and joint tremors.