Top 10 Celebrities With Chronic Illnesses – Part 3

Top 10 Celebrities With Chronic Illnesses – Part 3


Celebrities most sensitive secrets tend to
deal with disease or illness, with a lot of stars wanting to keep their ailments away
from the public eye in order to battle their condition like any human would want to, privately. However, on the other hand, celebrities have
a platform not many of us do, and it’s important to raise awareness and get the message out
about screenings and testings that could prevent certain illnesses.So today on Top 10 Beyond
The Screen, I’m going to be counting down our list of the Top 10 Celebrities With Chronic
Illnesses – Part 3. Let’s jump in. 10 Tom Hanks – Diabetes
Tom Hanks is one of the most famous actors in cinematic history, having won multiple
Oscars and Golden Globes throughout his long career. It is hard for him to keep anything out of
the public eye, which was why it was such a shock to fans when we learned back in 2013
that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. According to the actor, when he was diagnosed
the doctor told him, I quote, “You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been
dealing with since you were 36, well you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.” Tom also went on to state that, despite not
being consistently heavy, gaining and losing large amounts of weight for film roles is
likely to have been a factor. He also stated that when he needed to gain
weight for roles, he was living on junk food and taking very little exercise. 9 Gene Wilder – Alzheimer’s and Lymphoma
Gene Wilder was beloved actor who sadly passed away on August 29th, 2016 at the age of 83. He was known for iconic films such as Young
Frankenstein, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles, but no role will ever be as iconic as Willy
Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory back in 1971. Now, prior to his death, Wilder had retreated
away from the public eye, with the large majority of people having no idea whatsoever that he
was battling Alzheimer’s and Lymphoma. Before he passed away, he explained that he
kept his illness secret from the public so that if kids saw him and pointed him out as
Willy Wonka, he wouldn’t have to trouble them. He wanted to keep the fantasy alive. 8 David Bowie – Liver Cancer
When legendary singer and actor David Bowie passed away on January 10th, 2016, it was
a shock to the entire world, with music fans being especially surprised, mostly because
no one knew Bowie was even sick. Just two days after his 69th birthday and
the release of the album Blackstar, Bowie passed away from liver cancer in his New York
City apartment. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier but
had no made the news of his sickness public. He did this because, to quote the legend himself,
he wanted to go without any fuss. Following Bowie’s de0ath, fans gathered
at street shrines, and at Bowie’s birthplace of Brixton, South London, where a mural is
placed that shows him in his Aladdin Sane character. 7 Bret Michaels – Heart Disease
Bret Michaels is best known for being the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison
who have sold over 40 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States
alone. In 2010, however, Bret Michael suffered a
mini stroke caused by a hole in his heart. Mini strokes are typically caused by a blood
clot, according to the American Stroke Association. To repair the hole in his heart, doctors inserted
a catheter into a vein in Michaels’ groin, and guided a device up into his heart, where
it will stay permanently to stop abnormal blood flow between the two chambers of the
heart. Without treatment, the singer could have been
at risk for developing blood clots and having another stroke. Statistics show that 795,000 Americans suffer
from a stroke each year. However, the difference between a stroke and
a mini stroke is that a mini stroke’s blockage of blood flow to the brain is temporary, leaving
no permanent damage. 6 Aaron Carter – Hiatal Hernia
Former teenage sensation, Aaron Carter, known for music such as I Want Candy, Aaron’s
Party, and I’m All About You, is another celebrity on our list who sadly suffers from
a chronic illness. The former singer revealed that he was diagnosed
with a Hiatal Hernia. For those who don’t know, a Hiatal Hernia
occurs when the upper part of your stomach bulges through the large muscle separating
your abdomen and chest. Now, because of this, Aaron’s appetite is
affected, which in turn leaves him malnourished and restricts him from gaining weight. 5 Seal – Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
Arguably one of the world’s greatest singers, Seal is known for hits such as Kiss From A
Rose, Stand By Me, Crazy, and Fly Like An Eagle. He is an incredible artist, and a trailblazer
in the Soul and R&B genre. Now, Seal is known for his music yes, but
he’s also known for the unique scars he has on his face. Now, this is actually a result of a severe
form of lupus that causes intense inflammation and skin lesions around the neck, face, and
scalp. 4 George Clooney- Chronic Pain
Hollywood royalty, George Clooney, is famous for starring in some of the best critically
acclaimed movies, including: The Ides of March, Up in the Air, Michael Clayton, The Descendants,
Ocean’s Eleven, and Burn After Reading. However, did you know George Clooney suffers
from Chronic Pain? According to reports, it all started back
in 2005 after the actor sustained serious injuries on the set of Syrianna. While filming a scene in which his character
was being tortured, Clooney fell off a chair and split open his head. However, the injury was much worse than he
initially thought. Clooney later learned that he had torn his
dura — the outer layer around his spinal cord — and fluid was leaking out. He went on to have surgery on Christmas Day
in 2005, but he’s battled chronic pain ever since. 3 Gabrielle Union – Adenomyosis
Gabrielle Union is best known for starring in films such as Bring It On, Bad Boys II,
10 Things I Hate About You, and She’s All That. However, this popular actress revealed a few
years back that she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis. For those who don’t know, Adenomyosis is
a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the
uterus. It can cause menstrual cramps, lower abdominal
pressure, and bloating before periods, and can result in heavier periods. Now, the condition is quite common, and is
often diagnosed in middle-aged women and women who have had children. Some studies also suggest that women who have
had prior uterine surgery may be at risk for the condition. Speaking at the BlogHer conference in New
York City, Gabrielle Union said, I quote, “Towards the end of my fertility journey
I finally got some answers, because everyone said, ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve
prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid
— and that’s on you for wanting a career.’ The reality is I actually have adenomyosis.” However, after multiple miscarriages and many
rounds of IVF, Union had a baby via a surrogate last year. 2 Hugh Jackman – Skin Cancer 
In 2013, Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman posted photos to social media that showed him with
a large bandage affixed to his nose, with a caption that read, “An example of what
happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. Please use sunscreen and get regular check-ups.” Basal cell carcinoma is an uncontrolled growth
which can look like an open sore or a red patch, or even appear as a shiny bump or scar. According to some reports, this type of cancer
is “usually caused by a combination of cumulative and intense, occasional sun exposure”. Since his initial diagnosis he’s been treated
five times and had cancerous cells removed from his nose and shoulder. However, what makes Jackman an absolutely
incredible actor and a man of his art, is that during the pitch for The Greatest Showman,
Jackman was advised by doctors to not sing because there was a chance his stitches by
tear, however, once in the room and once the music began to play, Jackman ignored warnings
and sang nonetheless, and in turn got the movie green-lit. 1 Angelina Jolie – BRCA 
Hollywood royalty, Angelina Jolie is fan favorite, and has been throughout the majority of her
career. She is known for works such as Girl, Interrupted,
Maleficent, Changelining, Lara Croft, and The Bone Collector. Unfortunately, Jolie is yet another actress
on our list who suffers from a chronic illness. On February 16th, 2013, Jolie underwent a
preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer
due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Her maternal family history warranted genetic
testing for the mutation: her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, had breast cancer and
died from ovarian cancer, while her grandmother died from ovarian cancer. Following the mastectomy, the actress had
reconstructive surgery involving implants and allografts, however, two years later in
March 2015, test revealed possible signs of early ovarian cancer, so Jolie underwent most
procedures, this time a preventive salpingo-oophorectomy, as she had a 50% risk of developing ovarian
cancer due to the same genetic anomaly. Due to the surgery, this brought on premature
menopause. Well, there we have it! Do you guys agree with our list? Were there any celebrities that we missed? Leave us all your thoughts and feelings in
the comments down below and perhaps we can do a part 4! If you haven’t already, be sure to give
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40 Replies to “Top 10 Celebrities With Chronic Illnesses – Part 3”

  1. L9veall the videos an add ur personality such awsomomness .i wouldnt wacth no more if u ever left it. It wouldnt be the same … Thanks for sharring

  2. I have had a hiatal hernia for over 30 years and while it is a chronic condition, it is not life threatening and I only wish I could curb my appetite because I have never lost weight as a result of having this condition; you could have put someone with a real debilitating chronic illness other than Aaron Carter

  3. I suffer from Adenomyosis as well. Thank you for bringing to light a lot of those "invisible illnesses" that most people don't know about. Love all the vids!!

  4. Prioritize a career over children…… HUMM HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SUPPORT THEM WITHOUT A CAREER? LOL Waiting? People need to wait to be in good relationships and finances in order.

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