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14 Celebrities Who Live With Serious Chronic Illnesses

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Most celebrities are rich, successful and beautiful, but they're far from perfect. Their wealth can buy them a lot of things, but health isn’t one of them. Just like regular people, celebrities also experience the occasional minor health scare and some even battle chronic disorders and diseases like lupus, endometriosis and HIV.

Even with access to some of the best doctors and treatments in the world, some famous entertainers and athletes continue to live with chronic illnesses that take a huge toll on their lives.

Here are 14 celebrities who suffer from serious chronic illnesses:

1. Charlie Sheen

Variety

Medical condition: HIV

The Two and a Half Men star revealed he was diagnosed with HIV in November 2015. He apparently got infected with the virus after engaging in only two instances of unprotected sex.

"I was always the guy that promoted it and said 'you’ve got to use condoms, this and that,' said Sheen in an interview with The Sun. "I was too drunk or too bored one night and here we are."

Other HIV positive celebrities include Basketball legend Magic Johnson and Who's the Boss star Danny Pintauro.

2. Toni Braxton  

Medical condition: Lupus

The Unbreak My Heart singer has openly spoken about her struggle with the autoimmune disease over the years. The battle hasn't been easy for Braxton, she's been hospitalized numerous times and some days she "can't balance it all."

"Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it," the Grammy Award winner told Huffpost.

There are a surprising number of other celebrities who are also fighting lupus including Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Seal and Nick Cannon

3. Tom Hanks

Medical condition: Diabetes

The movie star got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes circa 2013. He shared the news on The Late Show with David Letterman and confessed that he could've avoided it by having a better diet.

“I was heavy. You've seen me in movies, you know what I looked like," the actor said in another interview, "I was a total idiot."

He attempted to bring his elevated blood sugar numbers down but that would require him to go back to his lowest weight and he just found that to be impossible.

Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers fame, Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Paula Deen, Sheri Sheppard, Delta Burke, Jay Cutler and Patti LaBelle also have diabetes.

4. Michael J. Fox

Medical condition: Parkinson's Disease

Fox is arguably the most popular celebrity battling a chronic illness. The Back to the Future actor was just 29 years old when he was diagnosed with the disease but it wasn't until 1998 that he broke the news of his ailment. He is a strong advocate of Parkinson's disease research and started the Michael J. fox Foundation to raise awareness for it.

Creator of the Peanut comics Charles M. Schulz and Muhammed Ali were both diagnosed with Parkinson's disease prior to their deaths.

5. Lena Dunham

Rolling Stone

Medical condition: Endometriosis

The star of the hit show Girls penned an open letter in 2015 addressing her every day struggle with endometriosis. The condition occurs when the tissue lining the uterus grows in other areas like the ovaries and major organs. It creates debilitating pain and oftentimes requires surgery to correct. After undergoing five operations, the actress and author may be free of the disease, but it could impact her fertility.

Other famous women with endometriosis are Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton, Padma Lakshmi, Jillian Michaels, Tia Mowry, Halsey and Julianne Hough.

Click on the next page for more celebrities with severe medical conditions including Cher.

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