Inspirational Offscreen Struggles: 10 Celebrities With Chronic Health Issues!

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They may be beautiful, rich, and famous, but celebrities are human too and that means they're just as prone to getting sick as the rest of us. But when they publicly speak up about their diseases, it gets important for a couple of reasons. First of all, a celebrity's illness can sometimes offer a silver lining to others with the condition by helping to raise awareness of the disease. So here are 10 of those inspirational stories of celebrities who overcame or learned to live with their chronic conditions.

1. Kim Kardashian, Psoriasis

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After finding red, flaky patches of skin on her legs in 2011, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star was diagnosed with psoriasis on an episode of her family's TV reality show. Her mother, Kris Jenner, also has the disease.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the condition results when the immune system attacks the body's own cells rather than foreign invaders. The skin disorder appears as raised red patches with thick, silvery scales.

2. Tom Hank, Diabetes

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Actor Tom Hanks announced that he has type 2 diabetes during an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2013.

Hanks said he had been dealing with high blood sugar levels for years when his doctor told him they were high enough to meet the criteria for diabetes, he told Letterman.

3. P!nk, Asthma

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P!nk has grappled with serious respiratory problems since the age of 2, and she was born with a collapsed lung. She was hospitalized in 2006 for severe asthma attacks. To make it as a singer, she learned to belt her tunes from her abdomen rather than her lungs.

4. Sarah Hyland, kidney dysplasia

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Hyland has had a lifelong battle with kidney dysplasia and underwent a kidney transplant in 2012. The actress, who got the kidney from her father, says the whole experience taught her who she can really lean on in times of need.

5. Selena Gomez, lupus

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Gomez was diagnosed with lupus -- an autoimmune inflammatory disorder which causes the immune system to attack its own tissues and organs -- and that, in order to prevent the disease from becoming potentially fatal, she had to undergo chemo.

6. Lil Wayne, epilepsy

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Wayne said that he has suffered from multiple seizures in his lifetime that he kept from his fans. "The thing is, man, the bad news is, I'm an epileptic, so I'm prone to seizures," the rapper said in a radio interview. "This isn't my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I've had a bunch of seizures, y'all just never hear about it. This time, it got real bad because I got three of 'em in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to, like, 30 percent. Basically, I could've died soon. That's why it was so serious."

7. Miley Cyrus, tachycardia

It was revealed to the world in 2009 that Miley Cyrus had tachycardia, a heart condition that causes her heart to beat faster than normal. She told MTV that ”the type of tachycardia I have isn’t dangerous. It won’t hurt me, but it does bother me. There is never a time onstage when I’m not thinking about my heart."

8. Jon Hamm, vitiligo

Mad Men star Jon Hamm announced to the public that he has a nasty case of vitiligo, which is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. ”I have vitiligo. It’s stress-oriented. It comes and goes and waxes and wanes. This did not exist before the show.” he said.

9. Alec Baldwin, lyme disease

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.

10. Sarah Michelle Gellar, scoliosis

Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar has admitted in interviews that she continues to live with scoliosis, which she describes as “major.” The actress admits to treating discomfort with pilates and refuses to let the visibility of the disease stop her from sporting backless dresses at galas and red carpet events.

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