Celebs Who Are Battling Life-Threatening Diseases

Celebs Who Are Battling Life-Threatening Diseases


Though most of what we see in Hollywood is
glitz and glamour, there’s a human element to show business that can be easy to forget. Celebrities are still just human beings, after
all, and that means some of them face the same issues as everyone else — including,
unfortunately, serious medical conditions. Here’s a look at some stars with life-threatening
diseases. Charlie Sheen When Charlie Sheen revealed that he was HIV
positive to Today host, Matt Lauer, it was a shock — but not entirely surprising. Sheen’s well-documented descent into his self-proclaimed
“winning” lifestyle full of drugs and prostitutes placed him at high risk for contracting the
disease. But once he outed himself, Sheen continued
to make headlines in regards to his treatment, even temporarily going off of his meds at
the advice of a controversial holistic doctor who claimed to have a cure for the virus. Once that failed to pan out, Sheen went back
on his meds, and even claimed to be participating in a federal trial for a new type of HIV medication. Hey, he’s tried new and unusual drugs for
far worse reasons… “I’m bi-winning.” Yolanda Hadid and Avril Lavigne After years of searching for an answer for
her persistent symptoms that included fatigue, chronic pain, and confusion, Yolanda Hadid
was finally diagnosed with severe chronic neurological lyme disease. According to Hadid, she consulted with 105
doctors in 11 countries before specialists in Belgium discovered the elusive disease. That was a major relief, especially given
that her castmates on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had publicly debated whether
she actually had Munchausen Syndrome, a mental disorder that causes people to fake illnesses
for sympathy. She told Dr. Oz, “People started insinuating
that I was crazy in the head. So finally getting that diagnosis was just,
‘Thank you God.'” Since being diagnosed, Hadid has also reached
out to help others with Lyme disease, including her children Bella and Anwar, and singer Avril
Lavigne, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015. “This is what they do to a lot of people
that have Lyme disease, they don’t have an answer for them, so they tell them like,
they tell them like ‘You’re crazy.” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins In 1996, TLC frontwoman, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins,
revealed that she had sickle cell anemia, which the Mayo Clinic defines as an incurable
disease that causes malformation of the red blood cells “which can slow or block blood
flow and oxygen to parts of the body.” That year, she told MTV, “The older I get,
the worse it gets. When I’m touring I get sick a lot and have
to go to the hospital. All I can do is keep praying and stay positive.” Since then, Watkins has survived a brain tumor
and become an advocate for sickle cell awareness, hosting an annual fundraiser and even serving
as the spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Michael J. Fox When he revealed his Parkinson’s diagnosis
to the world in 1998, Michael J. Fox had already been living with the disease for seven years. According to CNN, “he noticed a ‘twitch’ in
a finger,” which ultimately led to his diagnosis. He’d even already had brain surgery, a procedure
called a thalamotomy that helped control his symptoms before going public. Since then, Fox has become a tireless advocate
for not only raising awareness, but also funding for research for the debilitating disease. He founded The Michael J. Fox Organization,
which has raised over $700 million in its efforts “to speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease.” And through it all, he has continued acting,
earning five Emmy nominations for his role as Louis Canning on The Good Wife. “In another role, where I’m playing someone
that doesn’t have that, I do everything I can to suppress it. In this instance, I just let it go.” Montel Williams and Jack Osborne It was only after a tabloid obtained one of
his MRI scans and threatened to out him that Montel Williams, the then host of the popular
daytime talk show, The Montel Williams Show, came forward with his multiple sclerosis diagnosis
in 1998. He originally worried that if he revealed
his diagnosis he would lose his job. But instead he became the public face of the
disease, writing several inspirational books and lobbying for the legalization of medical
marijuana while also founding the Montel Williams MS Foundation, which raises money for MS research. He’s been joined in his efforts to raise awareness
by Jack Osborne, who was diagnosed with MS in 2012 after losing vision in his right eye. Since then, Osborne has partnered with Teva
Neuroscience on You Don’t Know Jack About MS, where Osborne shares personal stories
about his own struggle with the disease. “I think there’s a huge level of gratitude
that I have for everyone around me and the position that I’m in. I did find my disease early and I am able
to treat it.” Sarah Hyland Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has battled
kidney disease since childhood, eventually forcing her to seek a kidney transplant in
2012. Luckily, the perfect donor happened to be
willing and ready: her own father. To give back, Hyland became involved with
The George Lopez Foundation, which is dedicated to helping those facing kidney disease. According to Variety, Hyland’s own childhood
spent dealing with the condition motivated her to become the organization’s youth ambassador. “Once I learned about the Lopez Foundation,
I knew I wanted to get involved [because they] send kids with kidney disease away to camp
so they can still experience overnight camp with medical needs at hand.” ​Selena Gomez, Toni Braxton, and Nick Cannon Pop superstar Selena Gomez remained silent
through her lupus diagnosis for almost two years before telling the public about it. She had checked into a rehab facility in January
of 2014, at which point the tabloid world exploded. Reports speculated that it was everything
from drug use to depression over her breakup with Justin Bieber. But in October of 2015, she opened up to Billboard,
saying, “I was diagnosed with [autoimmune disease] lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.” Though she was hesitant to speak out at first,
Gomez has become a prominent voice for lupus awareness and research, partnering with the
Keck School of Medicine to create The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research. And Gomez isn’t the only high profile celebrity
suffering from Lupus. Fellow musicians Toni Braxton and Nick Cannon
also have lupus, and both are intimately involved in efforts to combat the disease. Braxton serves on the board of directors for
Lupus LA, a chapter of the Lupus Research Alliance, while Cannon created the Ncredible
Health Hustle series on YouTube, which documents his “daily life with lupus,” and has also
worked with The Lupus Foundation of America on several charity initiatives. Cannon told WebMD, “If I can be an inspiration
for others with the condition or a similar condition, then I wear that with pride and
embrace the duty wholeheartedly. Stepping up and being the face of lupus has
actually helped me get through it.” Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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100 thoughts on “Celebs Who Are Battling Life-Threatening Diseases

  1. although I hate to see anyone suffer, I'm having a hard time being empathetic to Charlie sheen.

  2. This just shows that money can't buy everything. No matter how much money they have, it doesn't mean they're physically healthy. It's sad

  3. my aunt lived with lupus all her life, so has my godmother, they've spent more time in the hospital than in their homes. my aunt died from complications of the disease in 2014

  4. I never knew so many doctors and medical professionals had time to comment on all of these videos saying how wrong they are. Good for you! I'm glad you know all of the celebrities personal health issues.

  5. I have some of those diseases and my friends have the others. I have other rarer life threatening stuff

  6. Lymes disease is too cruel . Especially when doctors don't believe you .The symptoms are simular to fibromyalgia. No wonder some ppl feel suicidal especially when you get no support and people think it's just in your mind .

  7. The saddest thing is that MS and Parkinson's are caused by Lyme. Also ALS, Lupus and most autoimmune diseases. And mental illnesses!!! Most people will deny Lyme though because doctors do. But it's real. Minds blown? Ikr?!?!

  8. Everybody knows that Selena and Yolanda are faking their diseases just so people outside their fans can feel sorry for them. The rest in this video are legit, tho.

  9. What kind of publication would threaten to out someone with MS? That's messed up. Glad Montel turned it into something helpful to others.
    Also didn't George Lopez get a kidney from his ex wife and then divorced her? Maybe I'm petty, but I'd want it back lol.

  10. None of these diseases are anyway life threatening,but I guess if your Nikki Swift you can make up any shit you like.

  11. Sometimes actors of different backgrounds don't always realize that traps are set for them. Take a Hispanic or Latino who dates Loose White Girls, or a Black Guy who only dates bleached blondes while trying to play in an nearly all White game. They say they want to win, but all they really want …….. (well, I live near Georgia)..

  12. Ironic how Multiple Sclerosis hits women 2+:1 than men, but the two famous faces are men. Teri Garr suffers from it too. (And me, but I'm not famous, thank God!) It's a pretty cruel disease. But, I know it could be worse off. So I don't whine about it…much. LOL YES, IT SUX, but it's not ALS, MD or CP! (for instance) I have a good life, just a different "Normal."

  13. Interesting That  Stars have real life diseases, But they can afford The best Treatments Not Like common people. I Wonder did Selena  become more moral bcz Of Hers  to not post half Or More naked pics of herself on the inet? Doubtfull!  People Only care about Stars, They don't care about their "neighbors" (metaphorical), Aquaintances That Have incurable illnesses. I have my own & Homeless as well & few Give a crap, not even the gov'ts That we Paid high taxes to Receive helps.. People wake up call Care about those you ignore bcz they aren't popular  or have money things to offer you. I got 25 years of chronic pain & How people just dump Friends bcz they Not be in the social life.. society is going To hell, & from my Direct experience Christians Are the WORST Hypocrits . More than 25 yrs actually.

  14. Selena Gomez is not as bad off as she wants people to think. My mom and my mother-in-law both have lupus and they are in much worse shape than Selena. She is still thin, she seems to have suffered no ill effects of the supposed chemo treatment she said she had to go through, and she was enough money to get every possible treatment she might need, whereas others are WAY less fortunate. She was playing up the severity of her condition to get sympathy.

  15. that really awkward moment when they make up an illness for a liar who makes up illnesses… back in my day you'd call these people an attention seeking liar

  16. Interesting there is not ONE celeb with Addison's Disease….True it is rare…but then again being a Celeb with it would never work, it is too unpredictable to lead a "Normal" life.

  17. Fuck Charlie Sheen! He's a fucking douchebag with ZERO talent and an arrogant as fuck attitude. The sooner he dies the better!

  18. Sickle cell is terrible! Imagine someone tied a few ropes with one fork constantly stabbing you and needles pricking you at the same time. Among many other things!

  19. These diseases are awful. What is frightening is that Lyme disease can take a very long time to get diagnosed you have to hit the right doctor. Bless these stars for speaking out.

  20. "When Charlie Sheen revealed he was HIV positive to Today host Matt Lauer – it was a shock!"

    I never knew Matt Lauer was HIV positive – yet alone gay and sleeping with Charlie Sheen?!!
    :

  21. I was misdiagnosed with lupus and seeing this video made me realise how invisible these illnesses can be but they remain strong.

  22. So automatically because you're a celebrity with a condition, you have to be a philanthropic advocate. Got cancer? Start a foundation because you were on that show everyone loved 20 years ago.

  23. I never knew about some of the problems these celebrities had, they did a great job at not letting it stop them though. my sister has lupus and type 1 diabetes so it makes it better to here of other people not letting it get in the way.

  24. I can't really relate to many of the diseases shown in this video, but I do have CRPS, RND, and RSD. That being said I can definitely relate to the strain that these types of diseases can put on a person's childhood, family, social and mental health, and just the overall inconvenience that people who have to deal with Chronic and non chronic disorders. My heart goes out to anyone else being affected by any type of disease that has to unfortunately deal with all the problems that come with it.

  25. Michael J Fox is absolutely marvelous-he can act and even be funny. I have always liked him so much–just one problem, however, he is a liberal- ummm and I am certainly not. Ok, Michael, get well and I will even forgive the left -wing sickness.

  26. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/food with a label….taking vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic ….LDN..detoxing may help the health issues mentioned in the video. Lyme…ozone/herbs/Far Infrared Sauna/LDN/Celiac help/strong probiotic may help.

  27. Being able to see over a hundred doctors to figure out your disease? That is such a blessing. People go twenty years before getting a diagnoses and sometimes not knowing at all. I wish everyone could do that

  28. I was diagnosed with systematic lupus 5 years ago. If anyone doesn't know what that is it's where is disease is eating my organs aka trying to kill me. It sucks ass to have this for the rest of my life. I have doctor appointments every month, I'm always in pain, I can't be outside in the sun without getting sick and then ending up in the hospital. There's no pain medication that'll take my pain away but smoking medical marijuana has been very helpful. I'm on chemo and a lot of other medications for my eyes, heart and kidneys. So I know how it feels to have a life long, threatening disease it sucks. I really wish that they'll find a cure for it very soon.

  29. Although my disease is not directly life threading it does pose a risk. I completely understand Hadid. I lived with my symptoms for 3 years and was only taken seriously in the last year.

  30. Um exactly who decided these r life threating? Plenty of these are chronic not deadly illnesses. This is a misleading title

  31. My mom contracted a STD from my Father.
    Where did my Father contract it from? From his Girlfriend.
    His Girlfriend has/ had many sexual partners, but my dad didn't believe it when others told him.

  32. I have sickle cell and it's the worst it cause so much pain and and ppl used to only live 14 years with it now they live 40 to 60 I hate it so much

  33. Poor Avril. She's right. The docs make you feel like you're psycho. I had the same problem getting diagnosed with Lupus. It's easier to tell you you're fine and throw some drugs at you than to get a firm diagnosis.

  34. please tell me if any of these celebrities got any get well gifts when they were in the hospital?

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