Selena Gomez And 4 Other Celebrities Who Know All About The Struggles Of Living With Lupus

Date December 1, 2017

Can you imagine a disease in which your own body turns on itself, and your immune system can attack almost any organ and tissue in your body? The one that fits this description perfectly is lupus. The latter is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks various systems of your body. Your joints, skin, heart and blood vessels, lungs, kidneys, brain, and other organs may be affected by it. The condition is still not very well-understood.

Lupus is often difficult to diagnose because it manifests in many different ways, and its symptoms overlap with those of many other conditions. Every case of lupus is different, but there are certain signs and symptoms that often occur in people with lupus. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), common signs and symptoms of the disease include the following:

  • painful and swollen joints;
  • muscle pain;
  • fatigue;
  • red rashes, most commonly appear on the face;
  • unexplained fever;
  • chest pain when you inhale deeply;
  • hair loss;
  • pale or purple fingers or toes;
  • sensitivity to the sun;
  • swelling in the legs or around the eyes;
  • mouth ulcers;
  • swollen glands.

Symptoms of lupus range from mild to severe and may come and go.

Lupus can be extremely painful and significantly reduce the quality of patients’ lives. Among those battling lupus, there are some famous people who speak openly about their condition and let ordinary people with lupus know that they are not alone in this fight. Here are 5 of them:

Selena Gomez


The singer’s diagnosis had everyone talking about the condition. Selena has taken a few breaks from her career to undergo treatment, which included chemotherapy. In 2017, her kidneys were so damaged she needed a kidney transplant. After her surgery, Selena wrote a post on Instagram:

Lady Gaga

In an interview with Larry King in 2010, Lady Gaga said she tested borderline positive for lupus. The singer's aunt died from the disease.

Being tested “borderline positive” doesn’t mean you have the disease. According to Health Magazine, 1 in 5 women test positive for lupus-associated antibodies and only 10% percent of them develop symptoms.

Kristen Johnston


In 2013, Kristen Johnston was diagnosed with lupus myelitis, a less common form of the disease, which affects the spinal cord. Johnston first realized something was wrong when she struggled to climb the stairs. It took a while before she received the correct diagnosis. The actress told People:

I went to 17 doctors, and nobody could figure out what was going on. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me.

After the diagnosis, Johnston started treatment that involved chemotherapy and steroids. After six month, the actress was in remission. She told People:

Every single day is a gift, and I don’t take one second of it for granted.

Nick Cannon


In 2012, Nick Cannon was hospitalized with kidney failure and developed a blood clot in his lung a few weeks later. He was diagnosed with lupus and has been working to raise awareness about the disease ever since. He told WebMD:

If I can be an inspiration for others with the condition or a similar condition, then I wear that with pride and embrace the duty wholeheartedly.

Toni Braxton


Toni Braxton was diagnosed with lupus in 2008 and made her diagnosis public in 2010. In 2015, the singer told HuffPost Live:

Some days I can’t balance it all. I just have to lie in bed. Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it. But for me, if I’m not feeling well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh mommy’s just going to relax in bed today. I kind of take it easy.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for lupus yet. But research into the disease continues, and we can hope that one day, lupus will be eliminated.

Source: HealthLine, CNN, Health

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