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15 Celebrities Who Combat Life Threatening Diseases

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Sometimes we think that just because someone is rich and famous, their life must be perfect. But just because we think we know everything there is to know about our favourite celebs, it doesn’t mean that we actually know them. There are things that go on behind closed doors that they keep to themselves. So it came as a surprise when these 15 celebrities revealed they’ve been struggling for years with life-endangering medical conditions.

1. Frankie Muniz

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Frankie Muniz is best known as the protagonist from Malcolm in the Middle. Since the age of 7, the 31-year-old actor has suffered 9 concussions. But he is not just an actor; Muniz tried his hand at various things, including professional car racing and drumming. He has broken 38 bones during his driving career. He has a strange illness, which so far doctors have been unable to accurately pinpoint. The Emmy nominated actor suffers from mini-strokes that vary in length and frequency. In October 2017, on Dancing With The Stars, Muniz revealed that he has severe memory loss. He’s lost a great part from his childhood acting days. He records everything that happens to him in a journal as a way of dealing with his condition.

2. Morgan Freeman

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One of the most distinctive voices of the entertainment industry, Morgan Freeman has had his fair share of medical problems. The actor was in a serious car accident in 2008. He had several fractured bones and had to undergo a surgery to repair nerve damage. As a result, he lost all feeling in his left hand. Now he must wear a compression glove all the time. The 80-year-old has also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It’s a disease which affects the muscles and soft tissue causing severe pain and tenderness. “There is a point to changes like these. I have to move on to other things, to other conceptions of myself. I play golf. I still work. And I can be pretty happy just walking the land,” Freeman said for Esquire magazine in 2012.

3. Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin is a seasoned actor who most recently gained a lot of popularity for his uncanny impressions of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. In 2011, he revealed that he has Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by ticks. It was several years later when he finally spoke openly about his condition at the Bay Area Lyme Foundation LymeAid benefit in 2017. The actor confessed that he suspected he was affected by the disease even before he was officially diagnosed. The first time he was bitten by a tick was 17 years ago. After getting a shot, he got bitten again and he suffered from flu-like symptoms every summer for five years. “I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.’”, the 59-year-old shared. The LymeAid benefit included a concert and a dinner during which $800,000 were raised for the research for Lyme disease.

4. Cher

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Since 1991, the 71-year-old singer has been suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. It’s characterized with prolonged fatigue and limited abilities to carry out everyday activities, and it gets worse with exertion. Cher cancelled several concerts in 2017 due to the “common flu,” but insiders have claimed that she is battling a more serious illness. These are just rumours, however, and Cher is set to complete another tour and a movie.

5. Bret Michaels

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Bret Michaels, the lead singer of American rock band Poison, had a brain haemorrhage in 2010. He went to the hospital, where it was discovered that he also has a hole in his heart. Michaels required surgery which he delayed in order to complete his concert tour. In 2011, he suffered a warning stroke and subsequently underwent a successful operation. The 54-year-old has battled with diabetes all his life and has also had an appendectomy.

6. Jack Osbourne

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In 2012, Jack Osbourne lost the vision in his right eye and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is a disease of the central nervous system which causes the immune system to start attacking the nerves’ protective layer leading to communication problems between the brain and the body. The reality TV star revealed that he had experienced symptoms 18 months earlier, with his legs going numb. Osbourne stays positive and controls his condition by taking daily injections and following a healthy diet. The 31-year-old collaborated with Teva Neuroscience pharmaceutical company to raise awareness for the disease. He also has a blog called What MS Has Taught Me, where he wrote  “Life is amazing, and it’s a gift. Just because you have MS, doesn’t mean you can’t get the most out of it.”

7. Nick Jonas

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Nick Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 13. The former member of the Jonas Brothers pop rock band felt constantly irritable, thirsty, and sluggish while on tour. He frequently had to visit the bathroom and lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks. His blood tests revealed glucose levels above 800 and Jonas was immediately rushed to the hospital. The 25-year-old singer now uses a specialised insulin pump and has adopted the Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor. In order to raise awareness about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2, he opened a non-profit organisation called Beyond Type 1. With the help of his family and friends Jonas is able to live a normal life, but he carries his medical equipment with himself wherever he goes.

8. Toni Braxton

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Toni Braxton revealed she had pericarditis in 2008. It is the swelling of the pericardum, the thin membrane surrounding the heart, and its symptoms include sharp pain in the chest and neck area. The “Unbreak My Heart” singer was also diagnosed with lupus in 2010. “Pretty much when you have lupus, you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it,” Braxton shared with Huffington Post Live. She now collaborates with both the American Heart Association and the Board of Directors for Lupus LA. In 2016, the 50-year-old was hospitalized for overworking herself.

9. T-Boz

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T-Boz, the frontwoman of girl group TLC revealed that she suffers from sickle cell anaemia in 1996. People with this disorder have deformed red blood cells which causes not enough oxygen to be delivered to the cells of the body leading to pain and fatigue. “When I’m touring I get sick a lot and have to go to the hospital,” the singer told MTV. “All I can do is keep praying and stay positive.”

In 2006, she had an MRI scan after experiencing severe headaches and it was discovered that she had a giant non-cancerous brain tumour. After it was surgically removed, T-Boz had to learn to walk and talk again. She recovered completely and recorded another album with her band. The 47-year-old is now tha spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

10. Selena Gomez

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The former Disney star-turned singer publicly revealed she had lupus two years after she was initially diagnosed. Gomez underwent chemotherapy in 2014. “I could’ve had a stroke,” she revealed a year later. The 25-year-old singer is now working towards raising awareness for lupus and has set up the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research with the Keck School of Medicine. In 2017, Gomez received a kidney transplant, the donor being her best friend Francia Raisa.

11. Lady Gaga

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In 2010, Lady Gaga was diagnosed with borderline lupus. It is an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue. In 2013, the singer sustained a hip injury which caused the appearance of painful symptoms of synovitis (inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the joints). Recently, she revealed that she also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. The 31-year-old manages the pains and aches by using an infrared sauna.

12. Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne revealed he suffers from epilepsy in 2013. It is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures. The rapper has been hospitalized after suffering several seizures and he admitted that during one of them he almost died, as his heart almost stopped. Medication and a strict diet can help control epilepsy, but Lil Wayne doesn’t follow the medical recommendations. The 35-year-old has openly discussed his addiction to the strong opioid codeine, which can only aggravate his condition. He was hospitalized again in 2016.

13. Nick Cannon

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Nick Cannon was diagnosed with lupus in 2012. The same year, the actor and musician was hospitalized because of a kidney failure and life-endangering blood clots. He had to take some time off from work to recuperate. The 37-year-old has collaborated with Youtube and The Lupus Foundation to raise awareness about the disease. In 2016, he was hospitalized once more because of his condition, but since then he has started working again.

14. Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, at the age of 29. Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects mainly the motor systems and manifests through shaking, stiffness, slowness of movement, and loss of balance. The Back to the Future star was given only 10 years to live, but he underwent a brain surgery to control the symptoms, and he succeeded in defying the odds and is still alive and well to this day. Fox manages his condition with a positive attitude and his own “mix of drugs.” The 56-year-oldfounded The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has raised over $700 million for Parkinson’s research.

15. Sarah Hyland

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Sarah Hyland has been suffering from kidney dysplasia since she was born. It is a condition in which the fetus’s kidneys don’t develop normally, and the kidney tissue is replaced by fluid-filled cystic tissue. The Modern Family star got a kidney transplant from her father in 2012. Hyland is raising awareness about the disorder by participating in The George Lopez Foundation, which organises overnight camping trips for children affected by kidney diseases, with medical supplies at the ready. In 2017, she skipped the SAG awards due to health reasons.

Hyland has managed her condition thanks to the support of her family. “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,’” the 26-year-old told Seventeen. “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.”

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