Being a celebrity is certainly not easy. Even if they’ve got riches, they’re inept to save themselves from diseases, just like us. These celebrities have been open about their serious diseases and have led us to believe that there’s nothing wrong in admitting your health condition and keep fighting it.
- Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps, one of the most successful Olympian in the world is fighting for something called “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)”. ADHD is a biological, neurological, and genetic disorder which when not treated with stimulant medication can dramatically increase your chances of substance abuse.
His mother, Debbie, once recalled being told by a teacher: “Your son will never be able to focus on anything.” It’s interesting that the boy who was unable to concentrate at school would sit for four hours at swimming meets waiting to compete in five minutes of races.– The Guardian
- Venus Williams
Venus Williams, one of the all-time greats in Women’s Tennis, opened up about her “Sjogren’s syndrome (SS)”, an autoimmune disease in 2011.
SS is a serious disease but not fatal, if diagnosed and treated early. From interstitial lung disease to cystic lung disease, anything can occur in SS.
- Hugh Jackman
This handsome Australian actor, producer, and singer have been very open about his skin cancers since his first diagnosis in 2013.
He recently underwent through sixth surgery to remove a dangerous skin patch due to “Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)”, a most commonly treated type of skin cancer that affects the outermost layers of cells in the skin.
- Morgan Freeman
One of the finest actors in Hollywood, Morgan revealed about his disease “Fibromyalgia” in an interview with Esquire Magazine in 2012. Though he had discovered about this chronic disease in 2008 after a car accident.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that causes tenderness in joints, tendons, and other tissues.
The Goddess of Pop, Cher was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), a critical illness which is believed to be developing after she caught the Epstein-Barr virus.
According to NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Guideline: “The physical symptoms can be as disabling as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure and other chronic conditions”.
- Michael J Fox
The iconic Canadian actor, known worldwide for “Back to the Future” movie series, had been suffering from “Parkinson’s Disease” which can be hard to detect even for specialists.
Diagnosed in 1991, Michael had been battling PD with all courage and have even launched “The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research”.
PD is a severe disease which worsens with time and causes a neurological condition, raising difficulties in any type of movements.
- Selena Gomez
The American singer and actress, Selena have been suffering from “Lupus” since 2015. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can “affect people in different ways,” Gomez said.
Lupus creates antibodies that kill healthy tissue, apart from causing inflammation, damage, and pain throughout the body. It causes the immune system to be overactive.