It is difficult to pick any flaw or fault on-screen. It is also challenging to figure if there is anything wrong with someone. The camera has that charm of concealing all flaws or issues that could help you to pick if a celebrity is battling with any illness. Moreover, regardless of the efforts made by the paparazzi, celebrities with chronic illnesses still don’t come to the fore if a star aims to keep it under wraps.
Diseases pick a victim blindly. These do not follow any rhyme or reason while attacking someone. And the hardships that the stars go through are also the same as with anyone else. Despite all the challenges, these people work hard to plant a smile on their lips when they make a public appearance. It is only natural that, for some of us, these celebrities with chronic illnesses are an inspiration to look up to.
Celebrities With Chronic Illnesses
You would be surprised to learn of the large number of stars who put up a fight with some form of disease or another. Here are some of the prominent celebrities who are or have been a victim of some illness:
Lady Gaga and her struggle with fibromyalgia
Last year was abuzz with Lady Gaga’s revelation about her illness, fibromyalgia. The disorder is a musculoskeletal problem that causes severe pain in the muscles and joints. The chronic pain is accompanied by fatigue, mood swings, memory issues, and sleep problems. Lady Gaga raised the curtains over her issue in an Instagram post that said that she had to postpone her Europe Tour to deal with “trauma and chronic pain.”
Lady Gaga opened up about her battle with the pain further in another post. She wrote, “If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans.”
Kim Kardashian West’s battle with psoriasis
On the surface, Kim might look invincible, a woman of steel who always aces any plan she makes. As of June 9, 2017, Forbes confirmed that KKW owned a net worth of $45.5 million. When she launched her makeup line, her cosmetics made a whopping $14.4 million in just one day of the launch and sold 300,000 kits within the first three hours.
But there is more to KKW then her makeup or the style statements she sets. She is one of the celebrities with chronic illnesses. Kim has a skin condition called psoriasis that makes her skin crusty and gives it red patches alongside silver-ish flakes. When the steel women found out about her condition, she freaked out, as witnessed in an old episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
However, the celebrity has learned to deal with the condition ever since. In this regard she shared on her website, “I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am,” she wrote on her website.
Selena Gomez and lupus
A picture that Selena shared on social media has gone pretty viral. It showed Selena holding hands with her best friend on the hospital bed. This dates back to the time when the “Wolves” singer revealed that suffered from lupus.
According to the Mayo Clinic, lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the cells of the body attack the body’s own tissues and organ. Common symptoms of the disease are fatigue, skin rashes, shortage of breath, kidney problem, joint pain, and mouth ulcers.
In 2013, Selena has to cancel her 2013 when her disease was diagnosed. She took a break from then on and kept away from the public eye to recover speedily. The pop star shared her condition in the following words, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of…I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering… Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.”
Mohammad Ali’s struggle with Parkinson’s Disease
The world famous boxer who tasted the sand in 2016 fought a long and hard battle with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. Its initial symptoms include tremors, body stiffness, and rigidity, along with difficulty in walking and trembling. As time progresses, the condition worsens.
The disorder has no cure, which is why Muhammad Ali lost his life after 32 years of suffering. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 3 years after he stopped boxing. His doctors blamed the head injuries that he took during his boxing matches for playing a contributive role that developed the disease.
In his interview, Mohammad Ali said, “I realize my pride would make me say no, but it scares me to think I’m too proud to come on this show because of my condition. “I might die tomorrow, I might die next week. I don’t know when I’ll die.” He died five years after this interview.
Lil Wayne and Wayne
The world-famous, rapper Lil Wayne is a victim of epilepsy. This condition affects the brain and results in seizures or fits. Lil Wayne only revealed his illness in 2013. In a revelation to Power 106 radio, he disclosed that he was epileptic as he said, “The bad news is I’m an epileptic, I’m prone to seizures. This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures; y’all just never hear about it.”
Since then, he has frequently visited the hospital due to his fits, including times when he had to cancel his shows.
Gigi Hadid’s battle with Hashimoto’s disease
In 2016, it was revealed that Gigi Hadid revealed that she is also among the celebrities with chronic illnesses. She told Elle, “My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. I have Hashimoto’s disease. It’s a thyroid disease, and it’s now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn’t want to lose any more weight.”
Hashimoto’s disease is also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. It is thyroid disease that culminates in lack of concentration, fatigue, weight gain, and hair loss.
Lena Dunham’s fight with Endometriosis
The American actress, producer, writer, and director, Lena Dunham has the chronic condition of Endometriosis. In such a condition, the tissues that are part and parcel of the internal uterine lining start to grow outside the uterus.
This tissue over-growth outside the uterine boundary growth sometimes also includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic lining. In extreme cases, the tissue can also extend to the pelvic region. The typical treatment for endometriosis involves pain medication and hormone therapy.
Dunham explained her condition as, “From the first time I got my period, it didn’t feel right. The stomachaches began quickly and were more severe than the mild-irritant cramps seemed to be for the blonde women in pink-hued Midol commercials. Those might as well have been ads for yogurt or the ocean, that’s how little they conveyed my experience of menstruating.”