6 Celebrities with Chronic Illness

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Lena Dunham: Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful disorder where the lining of the womb grows outside the uterus. The pain doesn’t depend on the stage of the condition. It’s rare to find endometrial tissue beyond the pelvic organs as it only involves the ovaries and fallopian tube.

Dunham spoke about her condition and the experience she went through before undergoing a hysterectomy. She had to get her cervix and uterus removed due to internal bleeding and other complications.

According to Lena, endometriosis is not life-threatening. This is what Dunham said in an interview, “Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll purse with all my might.”

Selena Gomez: Lupus

Gomez was diagnosed with lupus back in 2013 and she came clean about it in 2015. She battled with the disease for years until 2017 where she had to undergo kidney transplant as a result of illness. Lupus is an autoimmune condition that occurs when your immune system attacks your own tissues as if they are the invaders.

It is more common in women than men and the symptoms range from mouth ulcers to skin rashes to kidney problems. This condition has no cure, but with routines like chemotherapy and other medicine you can be able to manage the disease.

Nick Jonas-Type 1 Diabetes

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Jonas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. He is among the 1.25 million Americans living with the disease. Nick carries an insulin pump to treat his condition. He started creating awareness about type 1 diabetes through a charity organization called Beyond Type 1.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic illness whereby the pancreas produces little or no insulin. If you have this condition, you need to adopt a better lifestyle including a good diet. The percentage of people with type 1 diabetes is around 10 percent out of all the diabetes cases.

Sarah Hyland: Kidney Dysplasia

Kidney dysplasia, also called renal cystic is a condition whereby the internal structures of a fetus’ kidney develops abnormally while in the womb. This condition can affect one kidney or both and it can cause painful cysts to form in the kidneys.

According to Sarah, she was born with so many health issues including kidney dysplasia. The doctors thought she was not going to have a normal life due to her health problems. In 2012 Hyland had a kidney transplant. She has also dwelt with social media critics about her weight loss due to health issues.

George Clooney: Chronic Pain

Clooney sustained a serious injury while filming a scene where he fell off a chair and his head split open. He tore his dura (the outer layer around the spinal cord) and had to go through a surgery to fix it. Ever since, he has been battling with chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a kind of pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks where your body continues to send a signal to your brain even after the injury heals. It can limit your flexibility, mobility, and endurance.

Lady Gaga: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a long-term disorder associated with widespread musculoskeletal pain in the bones and muscles. It’s characterized by subjective symptoms like fatigue, sleep, tenderness, memory and mood issues. There’s no cure for fibromyalgia but symptoms can be relieved through medication and therapy. Lady Gaga has come to terms with her condition. In her new documentary, she is openly talking about her experience and what she has to endure. This illness has seen her cancel concerts due to severe pain.

Final Thoughts

Chronic illness comes with extensive treatment, stigmatization, and many other issues. According to research done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, close to half of all Americans have at least one chronic condition. If you have any chronic illness, you’re not alone. Many people out there have the same illness and they are still winning. Stand up against discrimination and stigma. Go to therapy and share with others about your condition if it makes you feel better.


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