10 Celebrities Battling Chronic Illnesses
10 Celebrities Battling Chronic Illnesses
10 Celebrities Battling Chronic Illnesses
Sadly, people get sick all the time. Its something that millions of people have to deal with every year. But when a celebrity gets diagnosed with a sickness there's the added pressure of fame. It's not easy to be sick under the public glare of lights and press constantly intruding into your personal life. Here are some inspiring stories of these celebrities and the chronic illnesses they face.


Lil Wayne - Epilepsy
Lil Wayne - Epilepsy
Rapper Lil' Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter in one of the poorest sections of New Orleans Louisiana. This alone would give most people enough obstacles in life. But in 2012, Wayne's private jet had to make an emergency landing because of seizures. In 2013, he revealed he was taking medication to help control the seizures, but he still was suffering attacks. He has since decided to tone down his hard partying ways, in order to focus on his health.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck - Celiac Disease
Elisabeth Hasselbeck - Celiac Disease
Celiac disease seems to be the hot new disease of the week as many people are going to a gluten free diet. But in reality less than 1% of people really do have this disease, and the rest aren't really effected at all. But, for true sufferers, the effects can be tragic as they often cause dangerous malignant tumors. Talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is one such sufferer. In 2014 she had to have a tumor in her abdomen removed.


Halle Berry - Diabetes
Halle Berry - Diabetes
Type II diabetes is a disease often associated with the overweight. 80% of people who develop type II diabetes are obese. But that still means if you're slim and physically fit, you won't develop it. There are other contributing factors such as family history. Beauty Halle Berry was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1989 when she slipped into a coma.


Michael J. Fox - Parkinson's Disease
Michael J. Fox - Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease is a degenerative disorder of the the central nervous system. That means a sufferer will gradually lose motor control, suffering from involuntary shaking. It's a living hell, as the person's mind is still active and normal, but they slowly lose control of their body's movements. Actor Michael J. Fox suffers from Parkinson's disease. He was diagnosed in 1991 but he announced it to the world in 1998. Since then, he not only hasn't let the disease slow down his acting career, but he's been active in looking for a cure, creating the Michael J. Fox Foundation.


Tom Hanks - Type II Diabetes
Tom Hanks - Type II Diabetes
Tom Hanks is yet another slim physically fit actor who developed Type II diabetes. In 2013, he announced on the Late Show With David Letterman he announced to the world that he had gone from prediabetic state to having the disease. Even though, Hanks looks physically fit on the outside, he said he suffered from high blood sugar for a while.


Venus Williams - Sjögren's Syndrome
Venus Williams - Sjögren's Syndrome
Sjögren's Syndrome is a little known disease. It's an autoimmune disease where white blood cells attacks the exocrine glands, especially the salivary and lacrimal glands. That means a body has difficulty producing saliva and tears. It can also cause fatigue and inflammation that causes severe joint pain. Pain that would be severely crippling for a professional athlete. Tennis star Venus Williams despite admitting that she suffers from fatigue she has managed to excel in the sport winning seven grand slam tennis events.


Missy Elliot - Graves' Disease
Missy Elliot - Graves' Disease
Graves disease is another tragic autoimmune disease. It's a disease where the body attacks the goiter and affects the thyroid. It can cause hyperthyroidism. She was diagnosed after a severe auto accident caused by leg spasms. After being diagnosed, she took a 5 year break from the music industry. In 2015, she made a triumphant reemergence at the Super Bowl 49 half time show with Katy Perry.


Pamela Anderson - Hepatitis C
Pamela Anderson - Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is an extremely dangerous disease that attacks the liver. It is easily transferable by blood, and it causes 400,000 deaths a year. Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson announced in 2002 that she was contracted Hepatitis C from then husband Tommy Lee when they shared an infected tattoo needle. She started to write an advice column in Jane Magazine about her struggles. In 2003, she told Howard Stern she didn't expect to live another 10 years.


Montel Williams - Multiple Scelrosis
Montel Williams - Multiple Scelrosis
Multiple Scelrosis is a degenerative neural disease which attacks the body's ability to talk to other parts of the body. In 1999, talk show host and former marine, Montel Williams announced he had multiple sclerosis. Since then he has created a nonprofit MS foundation that focuses on research and education. He has also advocated the use of cannabis as means of treatment for the effects.


Toni Braxton - Lupus
Toni Braxton - Lupus
Lupus is a yet another auto immune disease. But instead of attacking a specific body part, it can attack almost any healthy area of the body. Sufferers can have their joints, heart, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, and kidneys attacked. Researchers suspect that genetically vulnerable people can be triggered by something in their environment. There is no cure. Toni Braxton has Lupus. And in 2012 she had to be hospitalized when she had an attack flare up. She has to be especially cautious as her uncle had already died of complications from lupus.