Suffering from a rare condition is painful, and only a person living with it knows the challenges and the agony that it always comes with. Hence it always takes a lot of courage for an individual to share their diagnosis, with everyone, and relate with someone who has gone through exactly the same thing.
Despite the glamour and fame that their profession brings, celebrities live a hard life, as even the most intimate moments of their lives somehow become public knowledge and an immediate gossip fuel.
Read on to find out which celebs have been long-suffering from rare conditions that have threatened their lives and livelihood and how they have managed to rise from such moments of anguish.
Sarah Hyland – Kidney dysplasia
Sarah Hyland started her career as an actor at the age of 7, before securing the role of Haley Dunphy in the award-winning sitcom Modern Family, alongside huge stars such as Sofia Vergara, which is due to air its very last season, season 11, it the Fall of 2019.
Yet, only a few people may know that Hyland was diagnosed with a congenital condition called Kidney dysplasia, that results into kidney abnormality, during the stage of fetal development, causing irregularly shaped cysts to form around the renal organ.
Sarah’s condition was thankfully detected when she was an infant and she had been battling with the sickness ever since.
The actress has been vocal about it ever since her first kidney transplant in 2012 when her father donated the organ to her.
Unfortunately, Hyland’s body did not respond well to the transplant, as a few years later, in 2017, the transplanted organ failed once again, and the actress had to go through with another procedure, where her brother donated his kidney to her, managing to save her life.
As of now, Sarah Hyland has gone through sixteen surgical procedures to sustain her health.
We wish her well and we hope that she comes out of it stronger than ever.
Bella Hadid – Lyme condition
Bella Hadid is a world-renowned model and the younger sister of Gigi Hadid, who has worked for fashion brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, and numerous others.
Bella is also well known for her activism, such as raising money for the International Rescue Committee and her on/off relationship with the singer The Weeknd.
It was reported that Hadid aimed to become an Equestrian and an Olympic athlete, but that dream was short-lived due to her battle with Lyme condition which made its appearance in 2013.
Lyme condition is an infectious condition, caused by the bite of an infected tick, and it’s common signs are severe fever, headaches, and such symptoms make it hard for physicians to diagnose the condition.
The sickness has said to have infected the whole Hadid household as Bella’s mother, and brother were too diagnosed with the condition, back in 2012, which wasn’t revealed until the Fall of 2015.
Bella has never shied away from the news about her struggles and the post-stress that comes with the long process of bouncing back.
The model was honoured at the “Global Lyme Alliance” and gave an inspirational speech, where she talked about her battle with Lyme condition, during her teenage years.
Daisy Ridley – Endometriosis
English actress Daisy Ridley quickly rose to stardom with her portrayal of Rey in the seventh instalment of the Star Wars saga The Force Awakens in 2015. The film was an instant hit, as it became the highest-ever-grossing film during the opening weekend period, which was later dethroned when Avengers: Infinity War was premiered.
Ridley made an empowering message through her Instagram account when she revealed her struggles with the condition called “endometriosis and polycystic ovaries.”
In the post, Daisy talked about how she struggled with the news of her diagnosis, at the age of 15, and how after a series of treatments and surgical procedures, she is now on the road to recovery.
Endometriosis is a painful syndrome that occurs when bits of the endometrial tissue of the uterus grow on other organs, such as on the ovaries or on the fallopian tubes, which results in excessive bleeding and pain, whilst also causing further complications, such as infertility and cancer.
Ridley closed off with an optimistic and positive message by saying: From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip-top condition, and take help if it’s needed.
We wish her a speedy recovery and we hope to see her in many more mega projects in the future.
Sia Furler – Graves Condition
Australian singer Sia Furler, who is famous for her songs such as Chandelier, Titanium, and Flo Rida’s Wild Ones, burst on to the scene as a promising music talent after opting for a solo career, in the early 2000s.
Up until now, she has released eight studio albums, which have contributed to her net worth of $25-million.
After a lengthy battle of depression along with drug/alcohol abuse, during her 20s, Sia was diagnosed with Grave’s condition in 2010 and the seriousness of her condition required her to cancel many of her ongoing projects at that time, which was later confirmed by her, through her Twitter account.
Grave’s condition is a condition that, instead of destroying tissue as other autoimmune conditions do, it stimulates and enlarges the thyroid twice than its usual size, causing issues such as depression, muscle weakness, heart palpitations, irritability, and fatigue.
After pulling out of her concerts and several collaborations with other music stars, Sia went through a thyroid hormone replacement therapy, where she was more than willing to give insight about it, with the world, during an interview.
Selena Gomez – Lupus
Who doesn’t know Selena Gomez, the child actress who has eventually turned into a record-breaking celebrity, while establishing herself as an entrepreneur by launching her own clothing and now a makeup line?
There is a saying that “Behind the exposure of success there is a life filled with pain and many heartbreaks” and this seems to be the exact case with the singer/actress Selena Gomez, who has been battling with depression from her early years of fame.
Selena was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition called Lupus around 2012-13.
Lupus is a condition, which causes the immune system to be unable to tell the difference between foreign invaders and healthy tissues, resulting in the damage of body parts, including skin, joints, and internal organs.
This condition also causes fever and fatigue, making it very challenging for medical practitioners to detect this condition.
After a long absence from the mainstream Gomez went through a kidney transplant surgery, in 2017, which she revealed with a powerful Instagram photo of her, alongside her best friend, who donated her kidney to her.
Lupus has no cure, for now, but this condition has not let Gomez’s success subside, as Gomez continues growing her brand whilst also becoming a worldwide inspiration, for those who suffer from health issues.
Angelina Jolie – BRCA Mutation
Oscar award-winning actress Angelina Jolie is a celebrity powerhouse, who gained recognition around the globe through her portrayal of the titular character in the movie adaptation of the famous video game Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Jolie, is also known for her activism and her humanitarian work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Sometime during the early 2010s, Jolie learned that due to a defective inherited BRCA1 gene there was an 87% chance that she could suffer from breast and ovarian cancer, which took the life of her grandmother, mother, and aunt.
This was all she needed to hear, as all the facts prompted her to undergo a preventive double mastectomy in 2013, which is a procedure removing breast tissue and thus reducing the development of cancer.
Jolie went through another preventive surgery in 2015 to reduce the chances of her developing ovarian cancer.
Jolie’s brave decision was met with widespread praise, and it instantly became instrumental in raising awareness for women, resulting in the rise of this gene testing around the globe.
Gaten Matarazzo – Cleidocranial Dysplasia
If you are an 80/90s kid, then you wouldn’t have missed Netflix’s Coming of age/Horror/Thriller series Stranger Things, which became a global sensation and the platform’s most-watched series.
One of the shining stars of the show was actor/singer Gaten Matarazzo, who strangely enough got the part of Dustin Henderson, due to his Cleidocranial Dysplasia.
Cleidocranial dysplasia is a defect caused at birth that mostly prevents the development of bones and teeth, in the human body. Individuals diagnosed with this condition have also underdeveloped or yet not even developed any collarbones at all, in most cases.
The case for Gaten was added into the plotline of the show once he gave his consent.
Ever since gaining recognition, Gaten has been extremely vigilant in spreading awareness regarding his condition, and he has also managed to raise funds for those who suffer from the same condition.
No matter what the circumstances may be, Gaten is a talented actor, and we are adamant that he has a bright future ahead of him!
Selma Blair – Multiple Sclerosis
Selma Blair has been in the show-business, for more than two decades, and she is perhaps most known for her role as the main lead’s friend Vivian Kensington in the film Legally Blonde alongside Reese Witherspoon.
The actress, later, went on to portray Kris Jenner in the TV series American Crime Story, in 2016.
However, during the fall of 2018, Blair came out about her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, which was followed by a lengthy route of misdiagnosis and agony.
Multiple Sclerosis is an incurable autoimmune neurological condition that affects the central nervous system by damaging the brain’s nerve cells and spinal cord, whilst also disrupting the ability to communicate often causing physical, and even mental issues.
Blair, who uses a cane for the purpose of walking, has recently appeared on the cover of People magazine where she had been very outspoken about her struggles and how she is determined to stay active for the sake of her son.
Kim Kardashian – Psoriasis
Arguably the most controversial celebrity in the world, Kim Kardashian is the queen of American reality television, one of today’s greater influencer and it seems that Kim’s success is no fluke.
Yet, despite her sheer brilliance and avid use of various social media platforms, she became a cosmetics mogul, which has helped her establish a net worth of $370-million.
Since life is not all about rainbows and unicorns, Kim K has too had her share of troubles and everyday struggles. Through the course of her 38-year journey, she has suffered from various conditions, one of them being “Psoriasis,” which she was diagnosed with, at the age of 30.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that forms scales and red patches as cells build up rapidly on the surface of the skin leading to itchiness and pain.
It is a chronic (long-lasting) condition that speeds up the life cycle of the person’s skin cells, and factors such as alcohol and stress may trigger or cause more flare-ups to the skin.
The mother of four did not shy away from her condition, yet, she has been extremely open about her pain and even shared photos of her affected skin on Instagram.
Kim’s decision to turn her battle into a money-making idea, as her newest launched make-up products have been inspired by Psoriasis, as the products are considered ideal to cover the flares.
Frankie Muniz – Transient Ischemic Attacks
During the early 2000s, Frankie Muniz was the teenage heartthrob, after his success in the hit sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, and he was considered the most bankable young star of that time, which led to several acting prospects.
Despite the promising career, Muniz sort of disappeared from the mainstream, which steered to widespread speculation that the actor had been diagnosed with Transient ischemic attack, after being hospitalized in 2012.
The Transient Ischemic Attacks takes the form of mini-strokes causing a state of paralysis. This condition occurs when the blood supply in the brain is briefly blocked, resulting in numbness, difficulty in speaking, walking, talking and dizziness. TIA can be prevented by taking conventional medicine, undergoing surgery and also by leading a healthy lifestyle.
In 2017, it was revealed that Muniz has indeed recovered from this condition, but the actor was not left completely intact, as it left the actor with a great memory loss.
Irrfan Khan – Neuroendocrine Tumor
Irrfan Khan is an Indian celebrity and one of the highest-grossing actors in the world, who has earned numerous accolades throughout his career, including the honouring award of the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honorary.
Further, Khan became a household Hollywood name by playing a role in the Oscar award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and other blockbuster films such as Jurassic World, in 2015.
After a long absence from the big screen and widespread speculation that he has been suffering from brain cancer, Khan opened up about his battle with a rare condition called “neuroendocrine tumour.”
It is a type of cancer that commonly occurs in the abdominal section of the human body, and it usually stems from specialized body cells called neuroendocrine cells.
The actor, who is currently in London for treatment, revealed the harsh reality regarding his condition, through a post on his Twitter account, stating that the treatment he is receiving is only a “trial-and-error game”. He went on to explain that his everyday battles come hand in hand with the fear of the uncertain accompanied by agony, but he still manages to pull a smiley face and remain hopeful.
Dan Reynolds – Ankylosing Spondylitis
The lead vocalist and the face of the famous rock band Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds became an overnight starlet after the release of the band’s album Night Visions in 2012, which won a Billboard Music Award for the Top Rock Album and consequently opened doors to international stardom for the band.
Imagine Dragons are worldwide successful and up to this very day, the band has managed to sell over 12 million albums.
Reynolds decided to come forth about his everyday health struggles, when in the middle of a sold-out stadium concert, Reynolds revealed that ever since he turned 20, he had been suffering from a rare painful autoimmune disorder, called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is commonly known as the arthritis of the spine.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an incurable condition that causes long-term inflammation of the spine’s joints which leads to chronic back pain and stiffness.
According to reports, this condition is so rare that only 0.1% to 1.8% of the world’s population suffers from this disorder.
Reynold became very outspoken about his suffering, as an attempt of raising awareness and giving a sense of acknowledgement to his fellow-sufferers who share similar fate like him, proving that they are not alone and that there is nothing to be ashamed about.
Gina Rodriguez – Hashimoto
After playing cameo roles in numerous films and TV shows, Gina Rodriguez got her breakthrough by landing the lead part in the TV series Jane the Virgin, which earned her a golden globe award. She is also set to produce an upcoming comedy Diary of a Female President, which will premier in 2020.
In an interview in 2013, Rodriguez opened up that she had been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s condition, at the age of 19.
Hashimoto is an autoimmune disorder that profoundly damages the thyroid gland until it eventually becomes underactive.
The condition is rare as only 5% of the people worldwide, suffer from it and its symptoms can be devastating and wide-ranging, which include fatigue, joint pain, memory issues, and weight gain, and many others. The sufferers can be treated through various means, such as by taking thyroid hormone replacement or by having surgery and the individual may still not be cured.
Rodriguez has been incredibly vocal about her battle with the condition, as to how she has managed to take her treatments seriously, by changing her diet and working out for the sole purpose of improving her health rather than losing weight.