Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox rose to superstardom with the Back to the Future trilogy, which has now become a popular culture phenomenon. Years after the final Back to the Future movie came out, Fox opened up about his struggles with Parkinson’s Disease, a condition that impacts nerve cells and affects muscle and speech functions. In 1998, he appeared in Congress to talk about the disease. Since then, he has been actively making investments to spread awareness and encourage research to find a cure for the condition. Through the Michael J. Fox Foundation, he has donated more than $800 million for medical research.
Selma Blair took a break from the spotlight to fight multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed within 2018. The illness affects the immune system, and the actress now walks with a cane as a result of her condition. She now candidly talks about the condition and provides support for those who are also going through the same thing as her. MS is considered an invisible illness with no visible and definite symptoms. The symptoms tend to get worse over time, and for Blair, it came to a certain degree that it was already incapacitating. She now extends efforts to talk about the condition.
Frankie Muniz had his big break in Hollywood at a young age when he took on the lead role in the hit series Malcolm in the Middle. In his youth, he also lived an active lifestyle, which resulted in a total of nine concussions that he obtained while playing sports. An avid car racer himself, doctors said that his concussions caused the transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes, which the actor struggles with up to the present. To his credit, Muniz is moving forward and not letting his condition take a toll on his life. He participated in Dancing with the Stars back in 2017.
Wendy Williams passing out on TV may have been the butt of memes at one point, but there is nothing funny about the condition she lives with every day. The TV show host suffers from Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disorder that results in hyperthyroidism. This causes irregular periods in women, as well as brain frog and excessive eye twitching. Symptoms for the disease include anxiety, weight loss, heat sensitivity, among others. Complications from the disease, which is covered by a majority of insurance providers, caused Williams to take a three-week break from The Wendy Williams Show to spend time in the hospital and undergo treatment.
Carrie Ann Inaba
Dancing with the Stars participant and current The Talk co-host Carrie Ann Inaba suffers from Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain, dry eyes and mouth, and other symptoms. As the Sjogren Syndrom Foundation’s National Awareness Ambassador and Spokesperson, she is committed to increasing awareness about the diseases and bolster funding for research, treatment, and cure. In 2019, she was also diagnosed with Lupus, a condition that usually requires individuals to pay higher premiums to qualify for a life insurance policy. Applying for insurance for those battling Lupus may be more challenging, although some insurance companies specifically offer life insurance for Lupus patients.
Gina Rodriguez has been struggling with Hashimoto’s Disease for years. It is a condition that results in an underactive thyroid and impacts how the body utilizes energy. She was diagnosed with the disease when she was 26 years old, and she described it to SELF magazine that it felt like “the curse of the lifetime”. Since then, she has made changes in her lifestyle to cope with the disease. She converted a portion of the garage in her Los Angeles home into a mini gym, complete with padded flooring and exercise equipment, so that she can lead an active and healthier lifestyle.
Many women dream of motherhood but the odds aren’t favorable for Gabrielle Union. The actress suffers from adenomyosis, a disease that is often linked to fertility issues. Union and her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade, have been trying to conceive for years, but the couple has had many miscarriages due to her condition. The couple also took made investments in in-vitro fertilization, but that, too, didn’t work for the couple. As of 2018, the actress revealed that she believes she had gone through eight or nine miscarriages. Through her book, We’re Going To Need More Wine, Union hopes to help other women who are going through the same condition as her.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid has been battling Lyme Disease since 2012, which she contracted through a tick bite. Symptoms of the disease include body aches, fatigue, and fever. In an interview with Bravo, Hadid said that to a certain degree she lost the ability to read and write because her brain cannot process information nor respond to stimulus as a result of her condition. Hadid now shares various ways to try to limit the effects of Lyme Disease and help other patients as well. In 2019, Hadid said that her Lyme Disease is in remission and that her health is better than ever.
Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is a powerful performer, but there was one time he couldn’t get up on stage because of “debilitating” back pain. He told PEOPLE that he couldn’t move and get up on the stage’s flooring and that the pain was so excruciating that he couldn’t sleep at night. Several consultations with various doctors were futile as they couldn’t pinpoint the cause. A visit to a rheumatologist revealed that the singer was actually suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis, a chronic condition that results in joint inflammation. Now he serves as the ambassador for Monster Pain in the AS, and actively promotes awareness of the disease.
Sarah Hyland was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia, a condition that is caused by internal structures of a kidney developing abnormally while the fetus is still in the womb. To her credit, Hyland has braved through 16 surgeries to treat her condition, including a second kidney transplant in 2017 after her body rejected the first transplant she had in 2012. Aside from her kidney problems, Hyland also suffers from another health challenge—gout. She described having gout as the “most painful thing I’ve ever experienced” during an interview on The Ellen Show. Clearly, Hyland is a prime example of strength and resilience.
In 2018, Lena Dunham revealed that she underwent a total hysterectomy to end her years-long battle with endometriosis, which is a condition that causes tissue to grow abnormally outside of the uterus. The surgery meant Dunham had her uterus and cervix removed. In an essay published in Vogue, the actress said that she made the decision to end years of suffering and “complex surgeries” which cost her a ton of investment money. Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide and many patients end up quitting school or leaving their job because of this debilitating disease. Experts said there has been a lack of research and funding for the said disease.
Selena Gomez is another star diagnosed with Lupus, and she is also very vocal about her condition and has since spread awareness for it. Gomez’s Lupus affected her kidneys, which led her to go through a kidney transplant in 2017. The singer-actress has used her celebrity platform to educate people about Lupus. Through her advocacy, she managed to encourage people to undergo money management and shell out some money to fund research, treatment, and cure for Lupus. She also started her own Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research to help others who are battling the disease.
Ever since starting his singing career at a young age, Nick Jonas has been very open about his struggle with type 1 diabetes. It is a common condition affecting an estimated 1.25 million Americans. He was diagnosed at the age of 13, and he has been helping out people who are also suffering from type 1 diabetes and educating others about the condition. He even co-founded a Diabetes Scholars Foundation, a merit-based college scholarship program awarded to students with Type 1 diabetes so that they wouldn’t have to worry about student loans on top of paying for treatments for their condition.
In 2017, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to announce that she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain. The singer-actress has been very vocal about her condition, saying that “chronic pain is no joke” and that to a certain degree, it can be likened to anxiety, PTSD, and depression. In an interview, she revealed that her Fibromyalgia was most likely sparked after she was sexually assaulted when she was 19 years old and worsened as she went through physical and emotional pressures from her career. The exact cause of the said disease remains unknown, but experts claim that it can be triggered by psychological or physical trauma.
Like her mother, Bella Hadid also contracted Lyme Disease from tick bites. She described living the condition as starting with brain fog and that she couldn’t put a complete sentence together. Her career as a supermodel demands a lot of time and effort from her, and coupled with Lyme Disease, Hadid often feels tired. If Hadid has a solid credit score, she also has an excellent professional track record as she strives to power through her hectic schedule despite her debilitating condition. She was honored for raising awareness about the disease by the Global Lyme Alliance.
Rapper Lil Wayne may be throwing fluid rap verses and bars, but behind the scenes, he is suffering from a severe condition. In 2013, he revealed that he has epilepsy, a neurological disorder that is characterized by seizures. In an interview, he said that he has had many seizures throughout his life. As a rapper, he may be singing about girls, lavish lifestyles, and maxing out credit cards, but he has not forgotten about giving back to foundations dedicated to helping others that are suffering from epilepsy. He also dedicates his time to spread awareness about the disease and encourage patients to not be ashamed of their seizures.
Kim Kardashian West
If you’re an avid fan of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you’ve probably heard Kim Kardashian West talk about Psoriasis several times on the show. It is an autoimmune skin condition and Kardashian has had it for years. Having suffered from the disease for years, the reality show star has tried many treatments—from ointments to creams, to tea. Eventually, she came upon one that has been successful so far in removing her psoriasis marks. The soon-to-be lawyer has been undergoing light therapy to get rid of her Psoriasis. She also encouraged people to not be ashamed of their Psoriasis and not let it hold them back from doing what they want to do.
Daisy Ridley is kicking butt as Rey in the Star Wars movies, and she’s kicking her real-life illness in the butt, too. In 2016, the actress revealed that she has been suffering from endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. To deal with her condition, she has undergone laparoscopy and many consultations. She encouraged her fans to practice self-care whenever they are suffering from anything. PCOS is a common illness among women. However, it can be easily treated by making investments in healthier and cleaner lifestyles, such as having proper exercise and eating a well-balanced diet.
Like Gina Rodriguez, Gigi Hadid also has Hashimoto’s disease. This caused her to appear like she has gained weight. Through her social media platform, Hadid called out body-shamers, saying that when she started her modeling career at 17, she wasn’t diagnosed with the disease yet, and as a result of her disease, they were “seeing inflammation and water retention”. Now that she’s more aware and has received proper medication, Hadid looks healthier. Hadid has also been given credit for raising awareness for Lyme Disease.
Star tennis player Venus Williams is a powerhouse on the court like her sister Serena, but behind the scenes, she is suffering from the effects of Sjogren’s Syndrome, which includes excessive fatigue. Speaking to the New York Times in 2011, she revealed that there are mornings wherein she would feel really sick like she didn’t have enough sleep. An effect of Sjogren’s Syndrome is that the patient experiences a high degree of tiredness, and that was what Williams experienced. With many titles under her belt, including 7 Grand Slam wins, Williams has shown that she is bigger than her disease.
Pretty Little Liars star Sasha Pieterse revealed that she also suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome, a common hormone imbalance in women. Symptoms for this condition vary, including irregular periods, weight gain, and more. For Pieterse, she struggled with weight gain as a result of PCOS, having gained around 70 pounds over the course of two years. After her diagnosis, she made the move to live healthier and she’s felt better ever since. Following a cleaner and healthier lifestyle is the quickest way to deal with PCOS and not just expensive, credit cards-consuming treatments.
Winnie Harlow is taking the modeling world by storm for her uniquely beautiful look. Harlow actually has Vitiligo, a condition wherein the skin loses color in certain areas, resulting in large blotches. Harlow has since embraced her condition and said that she is not a “Vitiligo sufferer” but a “Vitiligo model”. She has been an advocate about Vitiligo, doing her own TEDx presentation wherein she discussed her own experience with the condition. Her Vitiligo helped her become one of the most sought-after models in the world, which probably means she has a good credit score, too.
Anthony Anderson shared back in 2001 that he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The actor revealed that at first, it was difficult to manage the disease and it takes time to plan what you have to do and what you want to do, such as making better health choices. He has been active in diabetes awareness. He is best known for his role in Blackish, the successful TV show about a family who lives in a rather posh, built with home security systems and all-white neighborhood where Anthony’s character makes an effort to maintain his family’s black identity amidst the community.
Shania Twain is another celebrity that is suffering from Lyme Disease. One of Twain’s fears after getting diagnosed with the disease is that she might not be able to sing again. Lyme Disease causes Dysphonia, which is a complication that results in paralysis of the vocal cord muscle. However, she overcame her fears and her disease and found a way to sing again despite it. Twain deserves credit for learning to come to terms with her condition and finding a new voice in order to be able to sing again. To regain her singing voice, she underwent therapy to manipulate her voice.
Singer Halsey also suffers from endometriosis. She has been very open about her condition, which she described as something that made her feel like a prisoner to her own body. As a result of her endometriosis, she has suffered 3 miscarriages. The disease affects approximately one out of 10 women and many of those cases go undiagnosed due to lack of knowledge and awareness about it. To treat her condition, Halsey also underwent surgery and has been spreading awareness about it ever since. Halsey deserves a lot of credit for braving through her condition and surviving 4 surgeries for it.
Whenever you’re feeling fatigued or anxious even after getting proper sleep, you may want to get yourself checked. Take it from Zoe Saldana, who has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland. While the symptoms may be simple and easy to ignore, Saldana advises everyone to take these seriously. Saldana’s mother and two sisters also have Hashimoto’s and the actress’s diagnose prompted her to lead a healthier lifestyle. She encourages everyone, not just those with Hashimoto’s, to make investments in their health and well-being such as choosing to eat healthier food and avoiding unfit lifestyle choices.
Oscar-winning actress Halley Berry is one of the most prominent spokespersons of Type 2 Diabetes, which she was diagnosed with at an early age. Being one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and probably one with a really good credit score, she is an example that having diabetes is not an obstacle for anyone to reach their dreams and succeed in life. Since her diagnosis, she has been determined to not allow this condition to interfere with her life so she sought treatments and procedures, such as doing the Keto diet, to improve her health.
From 1997 to 2005, Missy Elliott was at the top of her career. Her spitfire bars made her one of the most successful and recognizable female rappers in music history. However, her reign came to a sudden stop. Years later, she made a comeback in the music scene and revealed that she was battling with Graves’ Disease during her lengthy hiatus. Graves’ Disease is an autoimmune condition that results in the overproduction of the thyroid hormones. Its symptoms include excessive weight loss, anxiety, hand tremors, and more. Treatment for Graves’ Disease may be on the more expensive side and those with this sickness may have to practice proper money management to deal with expenses.
Nick Cannon is also one of the many Americans that are suffering from Lupus. With proper care and treatment, people with Lupus tend to live a normal and healthy life. For Cannon, he didn’t allow the disease to take control of his life by maintaining his physical, mental, and spiritual health in check. He has since made changes in his lifestyle and is spreading awareness about the disease and educating people about it. He also actively makes investments to help the Lupus Foundation of America to help raise funding for lupus research and treatment.
Morgan Freeman is one of the most prolific actors to date. He is a renowned Hollywood legend, and his age and Fibromyalgia has not stopped him from continuing to achieve more in his career. The condition is characterized by chronic widespread pain, including musculoskeletal pain and stiffness. For Freeman, who played a military attorney in the movie High Crimes, the pain goes up and down his arm, which for him is “excruciating”. There are no known causes for Fibromyalgia, but experts link it to genetics and trauma, such as in the case of Lady Gaga. The condition affects an estimated 2 percent of the world’s population.
Multiple sclerosis affects two to three times more women than men, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler has it. At 20 years old, she was diagnosed with this condition, but she never allowed it to get in the way of her living her life to the fullest. She told Glamour magazine in 2016 “I don’t want you to think you can’t do anything that you don’t want to do in this life.” She added that while multiple sclerosis is a part of her, it does not define her. Sigler, whose former husband was involved in a stock manipulation scheme with a lawyer and two brokers, is actively involved with the Race to Erase MS Gala, an annual black-tie fundraiser to help find a cure for the said disease.
P!nk, with several Grammy Awards under her belt, has one of the most powerful vocals in the music industry today and is known for her jaw-dropping stunts when performing on stage, so you won’t believe that she actually suffers from asthma. She has grappled with serious respiratory problems ever since she was a baby. In 2006, she was hospitalized for severe asthma attacks. At least one out of 12 Americans have asthma. While some cases can be cured at an early age, some cases lead to complications later in life. If you have this condition, it is important to have the right health insurance to help cover treatment and medicine costs.
George Clooney may look like he is in great shape for his age, but he’s actually been battling with chronic back pain for a really long time. This stemmed from a fatal injury that the actor got while filming in 2005. He sustained a serious injury to his spine while doing a stunt for the film Syriana. Clooney, who is married to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney, underwent several procedures, but these did not reverse the damage. Thus, he resorted to other medications and therapy to lessen the pain. “I had to accept that I’m going to beat this on a very different level, almost psychological,” Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter about how he copes with his condition.
Former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck lived with painful symptoms before she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The illness makes her gluten-intolerant, which means she can’t eat food that contains wheat, rye, and barley. Before her diagnosis, she suffered bloating, sharp stomach pains, and exhaustion. In an interview with Good Housekeeping in 2007, Hasselbeck said, “I was faced with the reality that this just wasn’t happening. Especially given my celiac disease, my body tends to shut down when I’m under stress, like when I’m training for a marathon or when I was starving in Australia.” Life insurance is available for people with Celiac Disease.
Jack Osbourne, son of rock and roll icon Ozzy Osbourne, also suffers from multiple sclerosis. In an interview with Health magazine in 2017, Osbourne said that dealing with the emotional side of MS is the most difficult part. Depression, being a common symptom of MS, is something Osbourne fights regularly. He publicly speaks up about the condition in order to spread awareness and help people going through the condition as well. Multiple sclerosis affects patients in various degrees and Osbourne said that “MS is as unique to the individual as their own fingerprint.” For Osbourne, his health improved through eating healthy and doing proper exercise.
Padma Lakshmi, like many other women, suffers from Endometriosis, a condition in which tissues abnormally grow outside of the uterus. Lakshmi found out about her condition the hard way. She had to undergo surgery in order to determine what was wrong. As Endometriosis is a common condition among many women, an estimated 176 million worldwide have the condition, many organizations strive to increase awareness and recognition of the disease as well as provide funding for research and treatment. Many celebrities, like Lakshmi, publicly open up about the condition and make investments in organizations that help people with Endometriosis.
With at least 82 movies in his portfolio, two Academy Awards under his belt, and much more recognition and acclaim in the film industry, Tom Hanks is one of the most successful actors of all time. That said, he is also one of the many people who didn’t let his Type 2 Diabetes get in the way of him reaching his dreams and touching people with his story. Hanks has learned to deal with his condition in a humorous way and is very open about his diabetes on talk shows. Aside from supporting Diabetes foundations, he is also actively involved in other causes and spends a portion of his investment money on donations to charities.
Claire Foy rose to superstardom when he starred as the young Queen Elizabeth II in the hit Netflix series The Crown and through her platform and celebrity status, she has done her part in educating people about Anxiety, which like many people, she also deals with on a daily basis. She revealed that after her parents got divorced when she was eight, she tried to keep the peace in the family by trying to please everyone and being well-behaved. This later bred consequences and reached a particular degree that caused her Anxiety. She sought the help of a therapist and is now able to disassociate herself from overthinking.
Melanie Griffith suffers from Epilepsy and she has had several serious seizures over her life. She openly shares her experiences through various forums, including Women’s Brain Health Initiative in October 2017 wherein she revealed that she found out she had Epilepsy when she had two seizures one time in Cannes, including a grand mal seizure. She has been able to stabilize her condition, using perhaps her credit cards to purchase a medicine called Lamictal. Her divorce from actor Antonio Banderas also helped with her condition, saying it was the “real healer” for her as she is no longer under so much stress.
Mariah Carey has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, which is characterized by sudden mood swings. For a while, the singer said that she lived in denial of her condition and isolated herself out of fear that someone would expose her. She was first diagnosed in 2001 when she hospitalized for a mental and physical breakdown. The burden reached a degree that it became too heavy for her to bear so she sought the help of a therapist to receive treatment. She also helped herself by surrounding herself with good and positive people and focusing on her music.
Gisele Bündchen probably has a very good credit score, being one of the highest-paid supermodels in the industry. While she has such grace and composure on the catwalk, she revealed that she’s also struggled with panic attacks and suicidal tendencies. In her memoir, she wrote that it came to a point where she invalidated her feelings and felt that she wasn’t allowed to feel anxious or have panic attacks. When her career took off, she felt intense anxiety but couldn’t tell anyone else. She overcame her mental health issues by making changes in her lifestyle, which included breaking up with her long-time boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio.
Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams opened up about her battle with depression during the Mental Health Awareness Day in 2018. Through Instagram, she told her fans about how she sought treatment for her condition from a team of “healthcare professionals” and encouraged others with mental health struggles to do the same if needed. Depression is a common mental disorder and can be caused by various things, including trauma and daily problems such as finances, money management, and others. Like Williams, who sat down with her husband to discuss what she was going through, it is advised that people with mental health issues speak about it to family and friends in order to have support.
Powerhouse vocalist Jessie J is suffering from what many women are afraid of—infertility. At a 2018 concert in London, the singer revealed that her song Four Letter Word is about her struggle with fertility problems. She was diagnosed with infertility in 2014 and was advised to undergo a hysterectomy. She declined to have invasive surgery and instead opted to make investments in alternative treatment like changing her diet and taking natural medication. She continues to this day to share her journey and is hopeful that one day she may be able to conceive naturally.
At age 22, Demi Lovato was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after years of dealing with eating disorders and addiction. After receiving treatment for her condition, Lovato publicly speaks about her own experience and is committed to spreading awareness about mental health issues and help end the stigma that affects many sufferers. To her credit, she has received various honors for her commitment and active involvement in advocating for mental health. Aside from speaking about mental health, Lovato is also vocal about other causes such as body positivity. She’s also used her music to spread a message about the causes close to her heart.
Even for someone who is at the peak of their career, like Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, mental health problems like depression can be a part of their reality. He revealed that after every Olympic games, he would fall into bouts of depression and even reached a certain degree that he would contemplate suicide. His mental health issues started in 2004 after he was photographed with drug paraphernalia and arrested for driving under the influence. Through the Michael Phelps Foundation, he commits himself to provide children with stress management programs and encourages the younger generation to speak up about their issues instead of hiding or self-medicating.
Kristen Bell is at the top of her game, but she too, like many people, is going through anxiety and depression. She is involved in an online campaign about mental health with Child Mind Institute, through which she shares her experiences with the condition, which she’s been living with since she was 18 years old. Bell, who’s probably established a good credit score thanks to her long-standing career as an actress, encourages young people to not be ashamed of their struggles and said that it’s understandable to not always feel okay. “You deserve to feel just as beautiful on the days you wear no makeup, and the days you don’t shower, and the days you feel like you’re depressed,” the actress said.
Ariana Grande, with multiple hits and awards to her credit, admitted in an emotional speech during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards that she dealt with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after the Manchester terrorist attack that took place during her concert in the city. She said on stage that it was the best year for her career, but also the worst year of her life. She also offered support for everyone going through PTSD, saying that they are not alone in their journey. The bombing that took place during her concert in May 2017 killed 22 people and injured hundreds in the audience.
Actress Tia Mowry was also diagnosed with Endometriosis. She received her diagnosis in her late 20s after years of experiencing pain and after receiving a misdiagnosis from her doctors. Mowry deserves credit for helping other women with Endometriosis in the most unique way—by writing a cookbook of health food that can help prevent endometriosis or lessen its symptoms. There is no cure for Endometriosis. Aside from undergoing surgery, many women have discovered that improving their diet benefits their overall health and lessens the symptoms that come with the condition. The goal of Mowry’s book is to provide health and easy-to-cook recipes for women.
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. The condition is characterized by having longer low periods that can be triggered by stress. For the actress, her condition developed when her husband, Michael Douglas, was battling stage IV throat cancer and his illness took a toll on her. In 2011, she wasted no time and checked into a reputable mental health facility. Those with mental health problems should know that getting help is not that expensive as many insurance companies provide Health Insurance and Mental Health Services that cover essential health benefits covered by the health care law.
Singer Bret Michaels, the lead vocalist of the band Poison, was only six years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. After years of living with the disease, he is currently an advocate for the American Diabetes Association and has opened up about the challenges that come with the disease. In 2010, he joined The Celebrity Apprentice and used his investment planning skills to become the winner of the reality show. He pledged his entire $250,000 award money to the said organization. Despite his life-threatening illness, Michaels won against his co-finalist Holly Robinson Peete. He later returned to complete for All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.