Most people think that because celebrities are famous, have money, and do what they love, that they have overcome their toughest obstacles. This is not necessarily the case. And money doesn’t fix everything. Some celebrities have discovered or developed a chronic illness when their careers were just taking off; others, at the peak of their success; while some have been dealing with their issues since they were young. The thing that the people listed below (to name a few) have in common is that they believed in themselves enough to keep going after their dreams. Too often you hear about someone who had been living with an illness for some time but didn’t know it and almost immediately after they find out, they get depressed, they don’t know how to think of anything besides being sick- and then they perish quickly. The celebs below deal with their illnesses and keep pushing. It’s a surprise to some to find out that these people even have an illness because they didn’t use it to make excuses and let it hold them back. Moral of the story- let your belief persist, even through the worst situations, such as a chronic illness. You can be sad about being sick, give up on your goals and spiral downward, or you can go after them anyway and live the life you imagined.
Prince – The eccentric singer has suffered from seizures since he was was a child. He revealed in a 2009 interview on the PBS show Tavis Smiley, that he was born epileptic and that his “mother and father didn’t know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had.”
He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Toni Braxton – The Grammy Award winning singer was diagnosed with Lupas and APS at only 15 years of age.
Throughout her career, Braxton has sold over 66 million records, including 40 million albums, worldwide.
Alec Baldwin went public with his diagnosis of chronic lyme disease in 2011 when speaking to the New York Times. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread through the bite of a tick.
He’s an American actor, film producer and comedian who has appeared on film, stage and television. As a member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all well-known actors.
Morgan Freeman went public with his diagnosis of fibromyalgia in 2013. His symptoms include “excruciating pain up and down the arm.” Fibromyalgia is a condition in which a person has chronic pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other tissues.
Morgan has had a healthy acting, narrating, and directing career since 1964!
Cher was diagnosed with Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in 1991. ME/CFS is a severe illness that can lead to symptoms that affect the brain and gastrointestinal, immune, and cardiac systems.
Recognized for having brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as continuously reinventing both her music and image, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.
Tom Hanks is Hollywood royalty but that doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to disease. He has been living with diabetes since the age of 36, Tom’s diabetes label recently changed to Type 2.
An American actor, producer, writer, comedian, and director. Hanks has earned and been nominated for numerous awards during his career,
Catherine Zeta Jones- The Welsh actress who has won Academy, Screen Actors and BAFTA awards suffers from bipolar disorder. In April 2011, Catherine checking herself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut and sought treatment for bipolar II disorder.
Catherine has had a pretty impressive resume since her first film in 1990, leading up to the present as she returns to her musical background and Broadway.
Jack Osborne- Best known as the son of Black Sabbath rocker, Ozzy Osborne, Jack announced in June 2012, that he had been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Lil Wayne- The rapper was diagnosed with epilepsy and hospitalized for close to a week after three consecutive seizures. The attacks come on without any warning: “No warning, no nothing I don’t feel sick. I get headaches real bad. And the headaches? I didn’t get no headaches or nothing,” he told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway in May. “I go to sleep and wake up in the hospital. I don’t feel anything.”
Robin Roberts- The GMA anchor was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder, and underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2012. But she continued to fight for her health in 2013, including a brief hospital stay in April.
Bret Michaels – He might have been the lead singer for the band Poison, but this didn’t stop him from developing a heart disease. Back in 2010, he suffered from a mini-stroke. He’s not alone though. Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year.
Kim Kardashian – suffers from psoriasis.
Montel Williams – Way back in 1999, Montel told the public that he suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. To effectively cope with the disease, Montel closely monitors his diet and exercise as well as the medication that he takes.
Halle Berry – At the young age of 22, Halle was diagnosed with diabetes. She didn’t let the condition take over her life, though, as we all know she is one of the most famous actresses the world has ever known.
Michael J. Fox – If you’re in your late 20′s or older, you probably remember when Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It somewhat surprised everybody because the condition doesn’t usually affect a person until they are at least 50 years old.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck – You probably recognize her as the co-host of the “The View,” but you what you might not know is that she has struggled with celiac disease for many years. She released a cook book in 2012 called Deliciously G-Free and is about living a gluten-free lifestyle. More than 2 million people have this same condition.
Marcia Cross – While some people would consider headaches as an illness that most people suffer from, when it comes to migraines, this changes the playing field. If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine, you know just how debilitating the condition can be. Marcia Cross has suffered from them since she was 14 years old.
Jim Kelly (James Edward Kelly), a hall of fame quarterback in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and in the USFL for the Houston Gamblers, commenced his chemotherapy and radiation treatment back in March designed to treat the recurrence of his oral cancer.
Kristen Chenoweth – The pocket rocket Tony and Emmy award-winning actress and singer, has been battling asthma for the past 10 years.
Sarah Hyland – The Modern Family star has been struggling with kidney disease since childhood, when she was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development at the age of nine. In 2012 she underwent transplant surgery ..the donor? Her father.
And many, many more….