12 Celebrities Who Have Severe Illnesses
We often look up to celebs to the point that there are no longer viewed as human but the truth is they are just like the rest of us; And just as with many things in life, chronic diseases do not discriminate against the rich and famous. The 12 celebrities on this list courageously fight with health challenges they face everyday.
The Grammy Award winning singer was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a potentially life-threatening inflammatory disease at only 15 years of age. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that may affect many parts of the body, such as skin, heart, kidneys, lungs, joints and nervous system. Her brother also suffers from this condition. Her uncle has already lost his life from this brutal disease.
The famous singer has suffered from seizures since he was was a child. He revealed in a 2009 interview, that he was born with epilepsy and that his “mother and father didn’t know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had.”
Alec Baldwin announced his suffering from chronic lyme disease in 2011 when speaking to the New York Times. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread through the bite of a tick. Talk to your doctor if you think a tick may have bitten you.
Freeman went public with his diagnosis of fibromyalgia in 2013. His symptoms include “excruciating pain up and down the arm.” Fibromyalgia is a condition in which a person has chronic pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other tissues. Between 3-6 million people in the United States alone suffer from Fibromyalgia, and doctors are still not sure what causes it.
The famous single was diagnosed with Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in 1991. ME/CFS is a severe illness that refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. This condition can lead to symptoms that affect the brain and gastrointestinal, immune, and cardiac systems.
The famous Hollywood actor, producer and writer has been living with diabetes type 2 since the age of 36. Type 2 diabetes usually shows up in adults. In this more common type of diabetes the body’s sugar and insulin levels are out of normal range. You may be producing excessive insulin because your body has developed a resistance to it, or the insulin is not getting to the places where it’s most needed to deal with blood sugar.
Catherine Zeta Jones
The Welsh actress who has won Academy, Screen Actors and BAFTA awards suffers from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder marked by bouts of extreme and impairing changes in mood, thinking, and behavior.