Celebrities, just like the rest of us, have issues and concerns they have to deal with. For some, this means learning to live with a serious diagnosis or chronic illness. Just like us, this can be a daily challenge not only affecting their physical health, but also their mental health.
Some celebrities find the struggle difficult and seek out treatment from a mental health professional or rehabilitation center. Other celebrities use alternatives methods such as CBD to relieve their symptoms. Many of the stars are people we frequently see in movies, television and on stage and without ever knowing they are suffering. Some of these entertainment figures include Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Emilia Clarke, Ben Stiller, Kathy Bates, and Cynthia Nixon.
In 2013 the former Disney star was diagnosed with Lupus. She underwent chemo for treatment. In 2018 due to complications, Selena was hospitalized twice for low blood cell count. This became a strain on her mental health, and in October 2018 she admitted herself to a rehabilitation center to work on her ongoing issues with panic attacks.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks healthy tissues in organs and other areas of the body. The condition can affect joints, skin, kidneys, cells, brain, heart, and lungs. Symptoms can vary for each person and mimic other disorders, but the most distinctive one is a butterfly-like rash across the nose and cheeks.
Lady Gaga has pushed through her pain on many occasions but recently has learned to take better care of her health. Although she doesn’t have Lupus as she thought, she does have fibromyalgia. The singer also suffers from PTSD. To help ease symptoms of both disorders, Lady Gaga uses and is a proponent for, medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana and CBD (Cannabidiol), have many health benefits. The benefits of CBD and medical marijuana include pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. They also work well to relieve symptoms of anxiety disorders, including PTSD, General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that includes wide-spread pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and emotional and mental health issues. Overall pain and fatigue are the most common characteristics of the disorder.
PTSD, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health illness that is caused by having gone through or witnessed a traumatic event or experience. Soldiers are not the only ones that can be affected by PTSD. Anyone can. Traumas can include a natural disaster, a serious accident, or a violent personal assault such as rape or domestic violence. The symptoms of the disorder can be debilitating and last for years.
Emilia Clarke is best known for her role in the series “Game of Thrones.” What many don’t know is that during the show, Emilia suffered 2 life-threatening aneurysms, or strokes, called subarachnoid hemorrhage.
The first time she suffered a stroke was at the gym, where she collapsed. This was between seasons 1 and 2. At that time, she had immediate surgery. In 2013 she had a second surgery. The strokes caused her to lose her memory and ability to communicate. Through intense work with professionals, she was able to regain both and go back to work as an actress.
At the age of 48, in 2014, Ben Stiller was diagnosed with Prostate cancer. At the time, he had surgery to remove the prostate. After three months he was considered cancer-free. He attributes his early diagnosis and recovery to having had the recommended screening for cancer, the PSA test or prostate-specific antigen test, and the digital rectal exam (DRE).
During his 1 ½ year diagnosis, his PSA levels continued to rise. He was tested every 6 months, followed by a physical exam, MRI, and a biopsy before he had the surgery
Kathy Bates isn’t a survivor of one health issue, she’s had three! In 2003 at the age of 55, she was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. She went through surgery and 9 months of chemotherapy. In 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.
After she was in remission from the two cancers, Kathy was diagnosed with Lymphedema, swelling of the arms and legs due to a blockage in the lymphatic system. This disorder is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Anyone can be affected, but Individuals undergoing cancer treatment are more likely to have the condition. Kathy Bates has become a spokesperson for LE&RN, Lymphatic Education & Resources Network.
Although Cynthia Nixon is probably best known for her role in “Sex and the City,” in 2018, she was also a New York state gubernatorial candidate. One of her leading platforms was for the recreational use of marijuana. What many people don’t know is that in 2006 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Breast cancer was not a new topic for her. Cynthia’s mother was diagnosed twice with the disease. Cynthia is now an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a non-profit foundation that supports the fight to end breast cancer.
About the Author
This article is written by Jennifer Grachova. She is a freelance content writer and social worker at Sierra Care. She has just recently received Master’s in Medical Sciences. Besides her occupancy she tries to find a spare time for volunteering and helping the people with disorders.