Just when we start to feel like no one understands what our lived are like, a celebrity announces that they have a serious illness. Sometimes it makes us feel better, annnnnd sometimes it makes us feel worse – they’re off being superstars and we can’t even get off the couch! Today we’re checking out six celebrities who live with autoimmune disorders
Selena Gomez – Lupus
Selena Gomez came out last year as having lupus – THREE YEARS after she had been diagnosed. While we wish she had shared her illness sooner, props to Selena for having the gumption to share her illness period.
Nick Cannon – Lupus
Statistics estimate that there are at least 5 million people worldwide with lupus – and that at least 1.5 million of them live in the United States. It’s no wonder then, that we’ve got more than one person on our list with lupus. Cannon’s revelation that he had lupus was announced in 2012 after he was hospitalized on more than one occasion for problems with his kidney’s- a result of lupus nephritis. While 50-60% of lupus patients develop kidney problems, African Americans are more likely to develop lupus nephritis than Caucasians.
Toni Braxton -Lupus
Our third celebrity is Toni Braxton who also has lupus. 90% of those diagnosed with lupus are women, which explains how two out of our three celebrities with lupus are women. Check out this video of Toni sharing what life with lupus is really like.
Kim Kardashian – Psoriasis
While most people dismiss psoriasis as just another skin condition, it is actually an autoimmune disorder where skin cells produce 10 times faster than normal, causing itchy, red scaly patches. Despite the general unattractiveness of psoriasis, Kim still tops the most-gorgeous lists!
Missy Elliott – Graves Disease
Missy Elliott blew us away at the Superbowl last year with her performance alongside Katy Perry. Missy had disappeared from the spotlight for a while – she announced in 2011 that she was suffering from Graves Disease and at one point had trouble even holding a pen to write her music. In europe it is referred to as Basedow’s disease and is one of the most common causes of hyperthyroidism.
Lucille Ball – Rheumatoid Arthritis
Although not entirely confirmed, it is rumoured that Lucille Ball developed Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was 17. While there is no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis, it can be managed with lifestyle controls and medication.
While changes to diet (including omega-3 fatty acids) can help, we aren’t too sure about chocolate – but we’re willing to give it a shot!