30 Celebrities With Chronic Illnesses, Medical Conditions

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Celebrities are human, too — and just like us regular folks, some of them live with chronic illnesses that they deal with on a daily basis. From lupus and lyme disease to multiple sclerosis and diabetes, these medical conditions target anyone and everyone.

Despite experiencing these health issues, many of these celebrities are using their platforms to raise money and awareness for their illnesses. Here are 30 celebrities with chronic illnesses and other medical conditions.

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George Clooney: Chronic Pain

It all started when the actor sustained a serious injury on the set of 2005’s Syriana. While filming a scene in which his character was being tortured, Clooney fell off a chair and split open his head, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Turns out, the injury was even worse than that: Clooney later learned he’d torn his dura — the outer layer around his spinal cord — and fluid was leaking out. He eventually got surgery on Dec. 25, 2005, but he’s battled chronic pain ever since.

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Michael J. Fox: Parkinson’s Disease

The actor has raised millions of dollars toward Parkinson’s research through his foundation, whose mission is to end the stigma and raise awareness around the disease.

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Montel Williams: Multiple Sclerosis

The former talk show host experienced MS symptoms for nearly two decades before being officially diagnosed, and launched his own foundation to raise money for MS research.

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will.i.am: ADHD

The Black Eyed Peas member and former The Voice judge openly discussed how he grew up with ADHD and how it’s affected his upbringing, but that he’s learned how to manage it and control it through music.

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Masta Ace: Multiple Sclerosis

The rapper and producer didn’t actually tell anyone he was diagnosed with MS for 15 years until he decided to take control of his life. He made dramatic changes to his diet and exercise so he could live a healthy life.

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Aaron Carter: Hiatal Hernia

The singer revealed that he was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia at 19, a chronic stomach condition that affects his appetite, leaves him malnourished, and keeps him from gaining weight.

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Dynamo: Crohn’s Disease

The English magician opened up about how he’s been battling arthritis after being hospitalized for a type of food poisoning. He also had half of his stomach removed when he was just 17 due to a complication from Crohn’s Disease.

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Bret Michaels: Type 1 Diabetes

The rock singer has been affected by brain hemorrhages that doctors believe are a result of his diabetes.

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Frankie Muniz: Mini Strokes

The actor has remained very optimistic and cheerful despite his multiple hospital visits throughout his teen years. Muniz’s many concussions as a child resulted in several mini-strokes and some memory loss growing up.

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Lil Wayne: Epilepsy

The rapper has been open about the many seizures he’s had as a result of epilepsy. He’s even had to cancel several performances because of his health.

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Bono: Glaucoma

The U2 lead singer wears dark glasses due to a chronic eye condition that makes his eyes super sensitive to light.

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

The 72-year-old NBA star has to take daily meds for his blood disease, but since being diagnosed in 2009, he’s managed to reduce his leukemia to a microscopic level.

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Selena Gomez: Lupus

Gomez has been candid about her battle with Lupus, and how she had to have a kidney transplant to save her life.

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Nick Cannon: Lupus

The comedian, actor, and TV host has been open about having Lupus, and how he’s tweaked his lifestyle to avoid being hospitalized from the disease’s complications.

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Nick Jonas: Type 1 Diabetes

The singer, who was diagnosed at 16, has been a leading voice in raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes with the charity organization Beyond Type 1.

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Jack Osbourne: Multiple Sclerosis

Since being diagnosed with MS in 2012 at just 26, Osbourne has sought to raise awareness for the disease and show people you can still live a healthy, happy life.

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David Beckham: Asthma

The former soccer player revealed he’s had from a mild form of asthma since early childhood. He would use an inhaler many times after matches.

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Anthony Anderson: Type 2 Diabetes

The Black-ish star had to make some important lifestyle changes to keep his blood sugar under control since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001.

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Michael Phelps: ADHD

Phelps has first diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and teachers even told his parents he’d never succeed in anything due to his inability to focus and constant fidgeting. Of course, he defied the odds and became the most decorated Olympian athlete ever.

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Sarah Hyland: Kidney Dysplasia

The Modern Family actress has publicly talked about her battle with this chronic kidney condition, which causes painful cysts to form in her kidneys.

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Charlie Sheen: HIV

The former Two And A Half Men star went public with his HIV diagnosis in 2015. “I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people and hopefully with what we’re doing today others will come forward and say, ‘Thanks, Charlie,’” he said on the Today show.

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Alec Baldwin: Lyme Disease

Baldwin’s battle with lyme disease stems from two separate tick bites a couple of years apart. The actor experiences flu-like symptoms and intense sweating.

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Bella Hadid: Lyme Disease

The model also has been candid about her lyme disease. She said it was especially tough in her teens, when she was always fatigued, had a foggy brain, and couldn’t get out of bed for days.

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Magic Johnson: HIV

The former NBA star announced he was HIV positive back in 1991. Since then, he’s worked as a sports analyst, businessman, and activist. Antiretroviral therapy has helped him lead a healthy, active life.

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Pete Davidson: Crohn’s Disease

The SNL cast member first opened up about his battle with Crohn’s in 2016. Davidson experiences severe stomach pain due to the inflammatory bowel disorder.

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Lena Dunham: Endometriosis

The Girls star had to get her cervix and uterus surgically removed due to internal bleeding and complications from endometriosis.

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Seal: Discoid Lupus Erythematosus

The singer’s scars are caused by a severe form of lupus that causes intense inflammation and skin lesions around the neck, face, and scalp.

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Kim Kardashian-West: Psoriasis

The reality star has been very open about the autoimmune disorder that produces scaly, red patches on her skin. Her mother, Kris Jenner, also has psoriasis.

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Tom Hanks: Type 2 Diabetes

The actor has said his poor diet and lifestyle choices in his youth may have contributed to his 2013 diabetes diagnosis.

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Hugo Weaving: Epilepsy

The Matrix and Lord of the Rings actor was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 13, and has been open about dealing with the seizures that have occurred throughout his life.

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