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2022-09-24 08:50:28 By : Ms. Dora Zhao

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Fame and wealth doesn’t make you immune from ill health.

These celebs have been candid about their day to day struggles of living with a chronic illness.

From Bella Hadid’s Lyme disease to Cara Delevingne’s Psoriasis, who are the stars coping with these conditions?

Fame and wealth doesn’t make you immune from ill health. These celebs have been candid about their day to day struggles of living with a chronic illness. From Bella Hadid’s Lyme disease to Cara Delevingne’s Psoriasis, who are the stars coping with these conditions?

The supermodel was diagnosed with the thyroid condition, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, as she struggled to gain weight. The condition - which is more commonly associated with weight gain - can also cause hair loss, difficulty concentrating, voice issues and extreme fatigue. Gigi said: "My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. "I have Hashimoto's disease. It's a thyroid disease, and it's now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn't want to lose any more weight.”

In 2015, the ‘Slow Down’ singer took a break from music after being diagnosed with Lupus – a autoimmune condition that causes rashes, joint pain and fatigue. After undergoing chemotherapy and a kidney transplant because of the complications of Lupus, the singer spoke out about her ordeal after she was accused of taking a break due to an addiction. She said: "That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke. I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.'"

The tennis superstar revealed back in 2011 that she suffered with autoimmune syndrome Sjogren’s, after experiencing symptoms seven years prior. The condition affects parts of the body that produce fluids, such as spit and tears. Sufferers are left with dry eyes, dry mouth, joint pain and extreme tiredness as a result. Venus was forced to drop out from the US open after opening up about her illness. She said: “No matter how hard I worked, I was exhausted, short of breath, and never felt in shape. It was really frustrating. "My symptoms got progressively worse, to the point where I couldn’t play professional tennis anymore. "So you can imagine, it has definitely affected my game. I felt out of control.”

Bella Hadid suffers from Lyme disease, just like her mother Yolanda. Yolanda was first diagnosed with the severe, chronic, neurological disease back in 2012 after a Belgium doctor discovered an active infection in her brain. The ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ also revealed her daughter was diagnosed that same year. Lyme disease is caused by a bite from an infected tick and causes symptoms such as pain in the joints, problems affecting the nervous system, heart problems and extreme tiredness. Bella said: “It affected my memory so I suddenly wouldn’t remember how to drive to Santa Monica from Malibu where I lived. “I couldn’t ride. I was just too sick and I had to sell my horse because I couldn’t take care of it.”

The model-and-actress stepped out at the 2022 Met Gala in gold body paint, sporting a red velvet suit. Cara wasn’t shy to display her red patches of flaky skin as she helped spread awareness of her condition known as psoriasis. She said: “I've always talked about my psoriasis, so it wasn't new. But I've never been more naked in public and showing my psoriasis there was just overwhelming. I didn't realise at first what that would mean. "At first I was like, 'Wait a minute, I should cover this up, right?' and then I remembered, though, that it's not good for my skin and a lot of people live with psoriasis. It's not a beautiful thing to have – but you also have to be proud of it. I'm proud of it in the sense that it's something that belongs to me. I used to hate my psoriasis, but that only made it worse."

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition that only accounts for 10 per cent of people with diabetes. It is not caused by lifestyle factors and cannot be reversed. Suffers with Type 1 produce no insulin whatsoever and have to rely on injections opposed to people with Type 2 who are insulin resistance. Nick was diagnosed with Type 1, also known an juvenile diabetes, at age 13, which he described as "one of the most frightening moments of my life”. In 2015, the Jonas brother set up a diabetes charity to help others with the condition.

The ‘Back to the Future’ star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 1991 at just 29 years old. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and parts of the body controlled by the nerves that causes unintended and uncontrollable movements. He previously said: “I was diagnosed 25 years ago, and I was only supposed to work for another 10 years. I was supposed to be pretty much disabled by now. I’m far from it. This is as bad as I get, and I can still go to the store and go marketing.”

During her 2017 Netflix documentary, ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ the ‘Poker Face’ singer was candid about her condition. Fibromyalgia causes pain all over the body as well as muscle stiffness, extreme fatigue, difficulty concentrating and sleep disturbances. Lady Gaga was once forced to cancel a concert in Brazil after she was rushed to hospital in “severe pain” brought on by the condition.

The incognito singer works hard to keep her private life out of the spotlight, but she was honest about her Graves' disease diagnosis. Back in 2010, the ‘Chandelier’ singer wrote on Twitter: "I'm not crazy! I have graves disease! the shakes, the nerves. THE CRAZY!! goodbye thyroid. i will kill you with radioactivity." The autoimmune disorder causes an overactive thyroid which results in shaky hands, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, nervousness, irritability and extreme fatigue.

The ‘Girls’ star opened up about her experience with Endometriosis – a medical condition where the lining of the womb ends up on other parts of the body, such as the ovaries. Despite wanting to have kids, Dunham made the difficult decision to undergo a hysterectomy due to the complications of the condition. She said: "I'm no longer relying on any male partner to make motherhood possible for me. "Having endometriosis has had a really interesting effect on my relationship with my body. Pain does not inherently make you feel sexy; pain doesn't make you feel beautiful, but in another way it's forced me to really take ownership of my body and express my needs."

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