Though being diagnosed with a condition is always unfortunate, a celebrity’s illness can sometimes offer a silver lining to others with the condition by helping to raise awareness of the disease.
Take, for example, Angelina Jolie’s 2013 announcement in The New York Times that she had undergone a double mastectomy after learning that she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer. Researchers dubbed the increase in awareness of the role of genetics in breast cancer “The Angelina Effect.”
Here are such celebrities with chronic illnesses and how they live with them.
Pop star Selena Gomez canceled her 2013 tour when she was diagnosed with lupus. After her diagnosis, Gomez underwent a round of treatment and took a break from the public eye, she told Billboard magazine in 2015. The chronic autoimmune disease is much more common in women than in men and is typically diagnosed when women are of childbearing age. When a person has lupus, the body attacks its own cells as if they were harmful invaders, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. This can cause symptoms throughout the body, ranging from skin rashes and mouth ulcers to kidney problems and inflammation of various organs.
There is no cure for lupus, but there are treatments, such as corticosteroids and monoclonal antibodies, to help people with the condition manage their symptoms. For people with more serious forms of the disease, drugs that were developed to treat cancer may be used. Other celebs, such as Nick Cannon, Lady Gaga, Toni Braxton and Seal, also have lupus.
In February 2007, Saif Ali Khan was rushed to Lilavati Hospital after he complained of chest pains. Doctors confirmed that it was a minor heart attack. But the Nawab certainly owned the situation and fought out of it. His heart trouble is hereditary.
Actor Tom Hanks announced that he has type 2 diabetes during an interview on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2013. Hanks said he had been dealing with high blood sugar levels for years when his doctor told him they were high enough to meet the criteria for diabetes, he told Letterman. (When a person’s blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, they have what is known as “prediabetes.”) When a person has diabetes, the body cannot effectively control its blood sugar levels. Diabetes can increase a person’s risk for heart disease and, if unmanaged, can cause serious problems, including nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure. A 2015 study from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases found that about half of American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be managed with regular exercise and a healthy diet. Actress Halle Berry and celebrity chef Paula Deen also have announced that they have diabetes.
The Krrish star acted like a real superhero in 2013 after being treated for a brain clot on July 7th. A month later at the launch of Krrish 3, Hrithik said, “I am absolutely fantastic. Even with the hole in my brain, my spirit is intact.” That statement is enough to prove his mettle.
Actor Charlie Sheen made headlines in 2015 when he announced in an interview with Matt Lauer on the NBC show “Today” that he is HIV positive. Sheen had learned of his diagnosis about four years prior to his announcement, he said. But HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is no longer considered a death sentence as it was decades ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1.2 million Americans are currently living with HIV. HIV destroys one type of immune system cell, called T cells, which makes it difficult for people with the virus to fight off infections. When HIV has wiped out a larger percentage of a person’s T cells, he or she is considered to have acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Today, medications known as antiretroviral therapy can help slow the progression of HIV and also protect the body’s immune system, according to the CDC.
And new preventive medications called pre-exposure prophylaxis, which can be taken as a daily pill, have been shown to be highly effective in preventing infection with HIV in people who have a high risk of contracting it.
After his famous accident, while shooting an action scene for Coolie in July, 1982, he lost a lot of blood. It was reported that his spleen was ruptured. He was pronounced clinically dead but recovered completely after a few months and resumed filming later that year.
In 1984, he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, which made him physically and mentally weak and sent him into depression. It is in remission state. However, he showed why he is a megastar and overcame the odds.
King Khan can also be called the King of Surgeries. He has had 8 surgeries in 25 years including his ribs, ankle, knee, neck, eye and shoulder. The spotlight still falls on Bollywood’s Baadshah for his outstanding integrity and courage to go on.
After finding red, flaky patches of skin on her legs in 2011, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star was diagnosed with psoriasis on an episode of her family’s TV reality show. Her mother, Kris Jenner, also has the disease. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the condition results when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells rather than foreign invaders. The skin disorder appears as raised red patches with thick, silvery scales. About 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
The disorder, which can range from a mild skin rash to a debilitating condition, can flare up for a few weeks or months, but also subsidies for periods of time. Although psoriasis has been thought of as a skin condition, recent research has suggested that the inflammation associated with psoriasis may be present in other parts of the body, and may impact heart health. Experts think experiencing high levels of stress, taking certain medications, drinking alcohol or smoking can trigger a flare-up. The symptoms of psoriasis are treatable, but there is no cure for the condition.