Last week, Selma Blair posted a heartwrenching and vulnerable update about her struggle with Multiple Sclerosis on her Instagram account. In the post, she detailed the pain that she’s in on a daily basis, how difficult it is for her to perform daily tasks, and how much of a toll the chronic illness takes on her mental health.
Since revealing her MS diagnosis, Blair has become an icon for those who struggle with chronic illness. She’s used her platform to speak out about how difficult life is when you’re sick all the time and to expose how many people struggle with chronic illnesses.
She’s not the only star who’s spoken out about life with a chronic illness. Here are five other celebs who struggle with chronic illnesses.
Daisy Ridley, who went from relative obscurity to insane levels of fame with her role as Rey in the Star Wars movies, revealed in 2016 that she’s struggled with two different chronic reproductive illnesses. Ridley has both endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Both of these diseases mess with the way the body produces and processes hormones. Symptoms include abnormal periods, skin problems, weight gain, and constant pelvic pain.
Ridley revealed that she’d had surgery for the endometriosis and tried countless products to treat her skin problems. She said that her body and her confidence were both wrecked by the illnesses. She’s found treatments that work most of the time, but she still struggles with symptoms on a regular basis.
In 2015, Disney Channel star, and singer Selena Gomez revealed that she’d been diagnosed with Lupus. The autoimmune disorder that impacts the kidneys, joints, and skin is so rare that it’s often missed by doctors.
Gomez has been candid about how much Lupus has impacted her life. The disease creates lots of inflammation, which has left Gomez feeling sore and extremely tired most of the time. She also experienced a complication called lupus nephritis, which required her to have a kidney transplant in 2017.
Gomez has also opened up about how dealing with being sick all the time has impacted her mental health. Anxiety, panic attacks, and depression are all side effects of lupus that she’s dealt with since her diagnosis.
Lyme Disease is a tick-borne disease that impacts the body in several different ways. The most common symptoms include joint pain and swelling, chronic inflammation, migraines, and fatigue.
Hadid has said that the disease makes her too tired to work sometimes. It impacts her memory so she has a hard time dealing with daily tasks. Her mother also revealed that Hadid had to give up her lifelong dream of competing in Equestrian at the Olympics because of her Lyme Disease symptoms.
In 2017, Lady Gaga announced on Twitter that she had been struggling with fibromyalgia. Since then, she’s spoken out about her experiences with chronic pain several times and she’s become an advocate for people struggling with difficult to diagnose chronic illnesses.
Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnose because there isn’t an official test. The disease impacts the way the brain processes pain, making the whole body hypersensitive. People with fibromyalgia are in constant pain for what seems like no reason.
Lady Gaga has been very open about how much the illness impacts her life and her career. She’s had to cancel shows because of her symptoms and it’s often difficult for her to deal with daily tasks.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 12, 2017
When celebrities like these brave women speak out about their experiences with chronic illness it brings attention to these diseases. It helps people who don’t live with chronic illness understand how dealing with being sick all the time impacts people’s lives. It also helps people who struggle with these chronic illnesses know they’re not alone.
Hopefully, celebs bringing attention to these chronic illnesses lead to more research into treatments and solutions.
Kudos to these celebs for using their platforms to spread awareness!