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Shockingly Famous Female Celebrities Who Has Chronic Diseases

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Celebrities are people too, and just like regular people, they get sick. Diseases don’t actually pick and choose whom they’re going to make ill next. Unfortunately for some celebrities who are sick with a condition, no amount of fame or money can make some of these strange diseases disappear. If only popularity can be the measure of health, celebrities will be the healthiest people out of all of us. But we all know this isn’t so, and celebrities are subject to sickness just like the rest of the world.

As the number of people battling chronic disease rises, the importance of advocating for the community becomes paramount. Several celebrities are choosing to share their chronic disease experience in an effort to raise awareness, lessen the stigma and be supportive allies. 

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Below are the top female celebrities with chronic illnesses:

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Kim Kardashian-West: Psoriasis

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Awareness was definitely raised about psoriasis when it was revealed one of the most photographed women in the world has it.

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After initially freaking out over the skin condition in an old episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian has since adopted a more serene approach, saying she doesn’t even try to cover it up anymore.
“I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am,” Kim wrote on her website.

Gigi Hadid: Hashimoto’s disease

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Hadid may have avoided the Lyme disease that her family members struggle with, but she battles with a chronic disease of her own—Hashimoto’s disease, a condition where the immune system attacks the thyroids.

Hadid has said the disease caused her body weight to fluctuate and said her slimmer physique is a result of getting “inflammation and water retention” under control.
In February 2018, she wrote on Twitter: “For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto’s disease; those of u who called me “too big for the industry” were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that.”

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Halle Berry: Type 1 diabetes

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Halle Berry has been living with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 30 years—she was diagnosed in 1989 while starring Living Dolls. In 2007, the actress claimed that she had been able to wean herself off of the insulin and her diagnosis had been downgraded to Type 2 diabetes, but doctors told ABC News that that was doubtful.

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Selena Gomez: Lupus

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Gomez frequently discusses her struggles with Lupus, an incurable disease where the immune system attacks its own skin tissue and internal organs.
In 2017, at 24 years old, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant in an attempt to cure the disease, with her best friend, Francia Raisa, donated Gomez a working kidney. The singer admitted in 2017 that her friend “saved her life” thanks to the kidney donation and that she’s now doing “a lot better”.

Lady Gaga: Fibromyalgia​

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body, and someone suffering from it may also experience extreme tiredness, muscle stiffness, trouble concentrating, and problems sleeping. According to the NHS, it tends to affect women seven times more than men. There is no cure but symptoms can be relieved through medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

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Lady Gaga opened up about her experience with the illness for the first time in her 2017 Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. She was also forced to cancel a concert in Brazil because she was taken to hospital with “severe pain”.

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