Celebrities battling with serious medical conditions – Being a celebrity is not an easy job. Although the lifestyle seems glamorous because of all the parties, celebrity friends, and free gifts, being a celebrity also comes with long work hours, tons of traveling, and a demanding schedule. If the constant travel and busy schedule isn’t stressful enough, imagine managing this lifestyle while you’re battling serious medical conditions.
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Recently, Selena Gomez announced she will be taking a break from her international tour to focus on her health. Gomez, who was diagnosed with Lupus, has had a few health scares in the past. In 2013, she also canceled dates on her tour because of her condition and checked herself into a facility to undergo chemotherapy.
While Gomez isn’t the only celebrity to have taken a break to focus on medical conditions and treatments, there are many celebrities who live with severe medical conditions and are publicly open about them. From cancer scares to hospitalization stemming from an ongoing medical condition, many celebrities have publicly announced their medical histories as well as the effects that their conditions have on their personal lives and work performance. Some have taken breaks from their careers to focus on their well-being, while others continue to work while managing their symptoms. Take a look at the celebrities below living with serious health conditions.
12. Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former co-host of The View and contestant on Survivor, suffers from Celiac Disease. Prior to her Celiac diagnosis, Hasselbeck was misdiagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While taking her treatment prescribed by doctors, she saw that her health was still not getting better. Her time on Survivor led to her finally being properly diagnosed. During an interview with Everyday Health, Hasselbeck said, “Celiac disease is a gateway disease. If you leave it untreated, you’re asking for intestinal cancer or diabetes or some other form of malfunction in your body.” Since her diagnosis, Hasselbeck has been an advocate for Celiac Disease and published her book, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide in 2008 to help other people living with Celiac Disease maintain a healthy lifestyle.