Selma Blair (Multiple Sclerosis)
Selma Blair was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2018, as she revealed in an Instagram post. The actress has said that she felt “off” for several years but thought she just had a pinched nerve. Selma now uses a cane to walk and continues to post about her chronic illness journey on social media.
2. Justin Bieber (Lyme Disease)
The Canadian singer recently revealed that he has Lyme disease on Instagram. Symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash, fever, joint pain, fatigue, and neurological issues, as well as depression. The presence of depression can lead to a delay in an accurate Lyme disease diagnosis for many sufferers, including Bieber, who had depression and other symptoms for several months before his Lyme disease diagnosis.
3. Selena Gomez (Lupus)
Selena announced that she has Lupus back in 2015. The autoimmune disease can attack multiple organs and joints. For Gomez, the disease attacked her kidneys and received a kidney transplant in 2017. E! News quotes Gomez as saying, “Maybe I wasn’t necessarily really good at knowing what that meant so it actually got to a point where it was life-or-death,” whilst at the Lupus Research Alliance’s Breaking Through Gala in New York. Thankfully, one of her friends donated a kidney and Selena is in better health now.
4. Lady Gaga (Fibromyalgia)
Lady Gaga revealed that she has Fibromyalgia in 2017 with the following tweet: “In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia, “I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it.” She has continued to raise awareness for the often debilitating chronic illness since then.
5. David Beckham (Asthma)
World Class former Soccer player David Beckham says he has had asthma since he was a child, though thankfully it is a mild case. He had to use an inhaler (a common treatment for asthma) after many of his matches.
6. Zoe Saldana (Hashimoto’s disease)
The Marvel Universe actress disclosed her Hashimoto’s disease diagnosis in 2016, saying “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed, You create antibodies that attack your glands,” During an interview with Porter Magazine.
7. Daisy Ridley (Endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome)
The Star Wars actress spoke about her battles with Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in 2016, however, she was actually diagnosed (with Endometriosis first) at 15 years old. Both chronic illnesses are gynecological in nature and can cause severe pain and fertility issues.
8. Nick Jonas (Type 1 diabetes)
Nick Jonas talked about having Type 1 Diabetes at the Radio Disney Music Awards in 2017. Whilst presenting, he said “This is truly incredible. These kids who are up here are all type 1 diabetes like myself…This is a disease I was diagnosed with when I was 13. It was a moment in my life when I was just getting ready to start making music with my brothers, and touring, and it was something I thought would slow me down before I even got started.” He became a founder and active campaigner for the charity Beyond Type 1.
9. Pete Davidson (Crohn’s Disease)
The SNL member and standup comedian first talked about having the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Crohn’s in 2016. Like many IBD sufferers, Pete experiences severe stomach pain, amongst other symptoms due to this autoimmune disorder. He has advocated for medical marijuana as a treatment for Crohn’s Disease.
10. Alec Baldwin (Lyme Disease)
The actor developed Lyme Disease after receiving two tick bites a few years apart. He said that his first bout of the illness left him feeling like he was going to die. He also said “I got the classic Lyme disease (symptoms) for each successive summer, for five years, every August, like this black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed,” reported Today.com.