Extraordinary Chronic Illness Stories: Celebrity Edition

Celebrities with Chronic Illness

We often look up to celebrities as a way to escape our lives. We imagine them as having a perfect life. However, it is important to remember that celebrities are human. Mental and chronic illness doesn’t discriminate or pick and choose who they affect. There are many celebrities with chronic and mental illness. Many of them opt to hide their battle from the world.

Celebrities have the opportunity to bring awareness to various chronic and mental illness, in addition to the many rare diseases out there. Unfortunately, the media often distorts the message they may try to send, or even just their daily lives; presenting us with a difficult understanding of how they deal with their illnesses. Those celebrities who suffer with and deal with whatever chronic or mental illness they have should not have to be afraid to show it to the world.

With celebrities having access to better doctors and able to try the newest fads, diets, and chronic pain treatments out there for chronic and mental illnesses, it can feel as if they have an unfair advantage over the rest of us. Nevertheless, they still struggle with the same illness that we do, and we would be remiss to forget that they are human too and still feel the same pain that we do. It can sometimes be disheartening for those us of who struggle to live our own lives, and then see these celebrities, with the same illnesses, being so successful. In those moments we have to remember that there is a lot we don’t see about their lives, they are expected to perform at a certain level, and they also have people around them to help recover after pushing themselves despite their chronic pain disability. 

Selena Gomez & Lupus Nephritis

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There are several celebrities who battle against chronic or mental illness. Also, there are many types of chronic illness. You  might be wondering what health issue does selena gomez have?

Selena Gomez is the most currently talked about celebrity fighting with chronic illness. She has lupus nephritis and unfortunately as a side effect of her Lupus Selena Gomez required a kidney transplant. She was diagnosed with lupus around 2014 and has been a vocal supporter for self-care. While she does talk about her health publicly, so doesn’t always share it visually. She advocates for mental health through various platforms, including recently being a part of the TV series 13 Reasons Why. Selena Gomez is one of a few celebrities with lupus. Selena Gomez even needed to undergo chemotherapy. Chemotherapy for lupus nephritis is scary, but common. Selena Gomez has been quoted stating that, “That’s what my break was really about,” she told the magazine. “I could’ve had a stroke.” Luckily she has survived it all and is a chronic pain warrior just like many others.

Lady GaGa & Fibromyalgia

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The other top celebrity currently in the news right now is Lady Gaga. She just came forward about her chronic pain diagnosis of fibromyalgia. She also is borderline positive testing for lupus. Lady Gaga told the world via twitter that she suffered from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Illness. After requiring a hospital visit and canceling tour dates. Lady Gaga has been a huge advocate for using chronic pain to push yourself and using it for something great. She was also able to show the world that sometimes, the battle against invisible illness is too much. Even for celebrities. People suffering from similar illnesses flooded her twitter page. They shared their experiences with her. It was inspirational. That is why sometimes celebrities showing that they are human just like us can bring us all together.

Sarah Hyland & Kidney Dysplasia

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A third celebrity is Sarah Hyland, who during this past May faced shaming. As well as bullying for her weight loss. She was also criticized as anorexic. The truth, in fact, is that she suffers from kidney dysplasia and underwent a kidney transplant in 2012 and was taking prednisone. For those who aren’t familiar with this drug, it causes severe weight fluctuation throughout the entire body, including the face. Sarah Hyland replied to critques by saying that her doctor ordered her to be on bed rest, and was taking prednisone. She held back from saying much more, saying that she wanted some privacy to deal with the matters at hand.

Other Celebrities with Chronic Illness

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Many celebrities have chronic illness. Nick Jonas deals with Diabetes II. Jared Padalecki battles depression. Morgan Freeman suffers from fibromyalgia. Demi Lovato struggles with both bipolar disorder, addiction, and bulimia. Bella Hadid fights Lyme disease. Meanwhile, her sister Gigi Hadid fights back against Hashimoto’s disease, a thyroid disease. Chrissy Teigen dealt with Postpartum depression and recently announced her battle with alcoholism. Robin Roberts fought cancer. Finally, there is also Venus Williams and her bout with the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome.

Remember, there are many types of chronic illnesses. To those suffering: speak up about your battle and don’t be afraid to show us your bad days too. Yes, there will be criticisms for “not looking your best.” Remember, Fellow “spoonies” and chronic and mental illness sufferers we will be there for you. We will be there to support, applaud you, and encourage you as you take a stand in battling chronic illness.



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Danielle Faith is a graduate of the The University of California, Los Angeles with a Degree in Cultural Geography. She know how your location in life (race, religion, economic status, etc.,) influences how you view the world. Today, Danielle Faith is freelance writer and marketing consultant. She specializes in new media marketing and self-improvement. Not to mention, she has a knack for clarity, and over ten years of experience. Danielle has personal experience with chronic pain and illness. Danielle is a survivor and optimist as well as persistent and driven. When she puts her mind to something it gets done. When she is not writing or checking what’s new on social media, she’s listening to music and relaxing with her dog.

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17 Comments on “Extraordinary Chronic Illness Stories: Celebrity Edition”

  1. Margot Kidder, the late Patty Duke, and Demi Lovato have all dealt with bipolar as I have. Their stories have helped me get through my illness and become stronger than it.

  2. Chronic illness can effect anyone! I think it’s great when people share their stories, celebrity or not, to help others going through the same thing!

  3. I had no idea about these celebrities suffering from chronic illness. I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga’s music but I have to admit she is a very strong woman and her music and gigantic presence helps a lot of people, her message is very positive.

  4. This is such an informative post. I have no idea about Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga. Chronic Illness is such a big deal for others. It’s so hard to have an illness like this.

  5. I wasn’t aware that these celebrities are suffering from chronic illness. It is so hard to live with illness and put up a smile in front of the world and I love the fact that their illness didn’t stop them to achieve their dreams.

  6. I had no idea about half of these. I think it is refreshing for other people who suffer from these illnesses see someone they admire doing well (and sometimes struggling) like them.

  7. You think celebrities lead the perfect lives but you never really see what goes on behind closed doors – including their struggling health issues. At the end of the day, they’re people just like us and they can suffer too!

  8. Chronic illnesses are very difficult to live with and I don’t understand why as a society we’ve shamed people who suffer from different illnesses. If everyone could be more comfortable with speaking about their illnesses we could all learn from each other.

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