They are very beautiful, rich, talented and not an exemption from being human beings. From Sclerosis to the graves’ illness, these nine prominent faces live with the autoimmune diseases and face challenges just like the rest of the world.
Being famous people, they have to maintain certain public image and they need to do it every time. The most difficult part is the performing.
We all see glamorous songs and concerts, not knowing what usually happens behind the scenes and the kind of hardships these artists have to endure to maintain their image.
1. Toni Braxton
Perhaps the most popular face of Lupus, Braxton does not hide her disease from the globe. In fact, it is always a common subject on her show the Braxton Family Values.
During season finale of the show, this beautiful songstress told her fans and family that she suffers from Lupus, which is an autoimmune disease that sent her to the hospital at two occasions. Ever since she was diagnosed she has been raising awareness and assisting those who suffer from the vicious disease.
2. Jack Osborne
Popularly diagnosed after the birth of a first child, the son of the celebrated Black Sabbath rocker is very adamant on staying highly positive and persevering through ups and downs.
He lost approximately 80 percent of vision in the right eye, with much worse things to come such as weakness and muscle spasms, speech impairment and loss of vision.
At the moment, there is no known treatment for Multiple Sclerosis; however there are a variety of treatments that can help with symptoms.
3. Selena Gomez
After calling off a big part of her tour, reports of hard partying and rehab spread like fire all over the media. However, Gomez took her time out to get control of her Lupus. With support from good friends Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift, she continues to cope with the disease fiercely.
Popular for his wonderful voice and the trademark scar, this well-known mark is actually a battle wound from the fight with Lupus. He suffers from the discoid lupus erythematosus, which is a special form of lupus affecting the skin, causing hair loss and sores. Ten percent of those with discoid lupus always develop systemic lupus
The R&B singer and the wife to NBA player Hill Grant, Tamia was actually diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in the year 2003, a most widespread form of MS. To this point, she is winning this difficult fight with medication, correct diet, and exercise.
6. Ann Romney
During the period of husband’s campaign, Mitt Romney, it was discovered that wife Ann was supposed to slow down and take a break from the campaign to take care of her MS.
She was diagnosed in 1998 and the husband, Mitt Romney says that those were actually the worse days in his life. She’s a board member of the New England chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
7. Montel Williams
Possibly the most popular face of MS, Williams has committed his life to awareness and health.
He was actually diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the year 1999, and he right away decided to do at least something about it, and not only for his own benefit.
He began a MS Foundation, which is a non-profit organization focusing on education and research. He is in addition an enthusiastic marijuana legalization supporter, as it immensely helped him with his condition.
8. Missy Elliot
This well-known rap artist prominently came forward about her coping with the Grave’s illness, a thyroid disorder which brings about swelling of the neck and bulging of the eyes..
The disease affects motor skills as well, and at times Missy Elliot struggled simply with holding a pen in her hand. Ever since then, everything started to look much better and better each day and now she even speaks of going back in the celebrity world.
9. Michael J Fox
The Back to this Future legend was diagnosed with the Parkinson’s disease in early 90’s, but always held it back from the entire public for almost a decade.
It actually took Fox a while for him to come into terms with his own diagnosis, where he actually took to the bottle for quite a number of years.
However, in the present day he is a strong and very sober advocate for the Parkinson’s disease research. In addition, he has set up a foundation as well, one foundation that’s dedicated to it.