1. Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013 and treated 3 times in 2014.
The Australian actor speaks publically about his health issues to raise awareness and motivate others to wear sunscreen and adequately protect their skin.
The “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, which is, like most forms of cancer, more likely to be cured if detected early.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer, which affects about 2.8 million people in the US every year. In May 2014, Jackman posted a photo of himself on Instagram with a bandage on his nose after receiving the second batch of treatment, advising his followers “not to be foolish like him”.
The actor has since appeared to be in good spirits, participating in different campaigns to raise awareness for various forms of cancer, including testicular cancer.
2. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne admits he has epilepsy following the speculation from the media and numerous hospitalizations.
The rap star confirmed the seriousness of his condition when he said “he could have died soon” when in 2013 he had three seizures in a row.
Wayne also explained he has suffered from epilepsy since he was a child, and blames the seizures on overworking, stress and no rest.
The scary part is that the rapper’s seizures strike without warning and he completely blacks out. After being hospitalized for almost a week in March 2013 due to multiple seizures, Lil Wayne explained he was scared for his life but that this wasn’t the first time something like this has happened.
His most recent hospitalization came in May 2013, when the rapper vowed to change his ways and take better care of his health, mainly stay off booze and stop the heavy partying.
3. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez had to cancel a tour due to the complications that arose from lupus-related health problems. The singer had to take some time off and focus on her health.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. The disease causes inflammation and can wreck havoc by attacking kidneys, lungs, heart, brain and other parts of the body.
Complications can range from nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, changes in behaviour and blood clotting. People with lupus are more prone to various types of infections, and are at a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Lupus in and of itself is not deadly, but the complications it can cause most certainly are. Selena Gomez is not the only celebrity with this disease. The list of celebrities who have lupus includes Lady Gaga, Toni Braxton, Nick Cannon and Seal.
4. Montel Williams
Montel Williams, an award-winning talk-show host, had been living with multiple sclerosis symptoms for 20 years before he was diagnosed with the disease. He has since become a spokesperson, raising awareness and helping others live with multiple sclerosis.
Williams was diagnosed with MS in his early 20s right before his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1980. He described the first symptom as a frightening loss of vision in one eye of nearly 80%.
Williams feared that if he came forward with the information about his diagnosis that he would lose his job, so he kept the secret from his parents, children and employers.
He considers himself lucky it took the doctors almost 20 years to diagnose the disease, because, as he says, had they done so in the 1980s with the prognoses they were giving back then, he would probably have given up on himself and never be where he is today.
Multiple sclerosis can lead to paralysis in the legs and is in some cases fatal.
5. Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone spent 2 years learning to walk and talk again after suffering a massive brain aneurysm in 2001.
The doctors were unable to stop the bleeding in the brain for nine days, and after finally coming home, Stone stuttered and was unable to read.
The survival rate for what happened to Stone is really low so she’s feeling blessed and is celebrating the fact that she’s getting older because at one point in her life she thought she never would.
The celebrated actress has been off gluten and alcohol since 2001, drinking plenty of caffeine-free tea and exercising 4-5 times a week.
The aneurysm didn’t leave any major damage and the actress was able to fully recover, gaining a new outlook on life and pursuing her interests, such as dancing and advocating for various causes, from ending gang violence to fighting for animal rights.