Today's Celebrities Living with Disabilities
- Published on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:15
Celebrities often appear to be leading exciting care free lives. But the reality is they are people just like us. And many of them live their life while battling various disabilities. These celebrities face their disabilities head on, overcoming their daily challenges to do what they love. It helps us know how possible it is for us to reach our dreams.
Nick Cannon is an American actor, comedian, rapper, and radio/television personality. He is also the Chairman of TeenNick and the development and creative consultant for the network. In January of 2012, Nick Cannon was hospitalized after suffering from mild kidney failure. He was hospitalized again in February of 2012, for blood clots in his lungs. In March 2012 he announced that he had been officially diagnosed with lupus nephritis, an
autoimmune disease, and this had been the cause of the blood clots and kidney problems.
"It's a rare form of lupus that's just attacking my kidneys," Cannon told ABC's "Good Morning America." "They thought it was just kidney disease, and then they were trying to figure out why my immune system was attacking my kidneys, and that was sort of the root of it all."
Lupus is more likely to affect women (9 out of 10 lupus patients are women). When it affects men it is usually more severe. Lupus nephritis, the type of lupus Nick Cannon has, causes inflammation in the kidneys, which makes them unable to properly remove waste from the blood or control the amount of fluids.
Nick Cannon stepped down from his radio show in March 2012 in order to care for his health. In a recent HuffPost Live appearance he said, "I'm healthier now than I was before, so everything is in tip-top shape,...I have to get a lot more sleep, I feel like that was maybe one of the stems of what started all of this, cause I never used to sleep. And fatigue would set in."
He is now back to working including his role on The Real Husbands of Hollywood. He hosted the 2013 NBA All Star Saturday events and played in the Celebrity Game.
David Beckham is an English football/soccer player who plays for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He has set many records and received many awards in his sport. In March 2006 he announced that he suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome. His disability causes a need for extreme symmetry. For items to be arrange in a straight-line and to have everything in pairs.
He said in an interview, "I've got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I'll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there's one too many then I'll put it in another cupboard somewhere...I'll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect." He says, of stopping, "I've tried and can't stop."
His wife, Victoria Beckham of the Spice girls said, "He's got that obsessive compulsive thing where everything has to match. If you open our fridge, it's all co-ordinated down either side. We've got three fridges - food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there's three cans, he'll throw one away because it has to be an even number."
Beckham said his former teammates would pick with him by deliberately rearranging his clothes and magazines in hotel rooms. He also admits he was addicted to having tattoos, partly because he enjoys the pain.
Jack Osbourne is a former reality star, an English media personality and the son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. He has since pursued a career as a fitness and travel reporter, presenting shows such as Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie (2005-09) and BBC's Saving Planet Earth (2007).
At a young age he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). In 2012, Osbourne was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a progressive disability where inflammation causes damage to the Central Nervous System by disrupting the ability for the its different parts to communicate. He has experienced symptoms for a number of years, including partial blindness, numbness in his legs, and problems with his bladder, bowel, and stomach. He told People magazine he knew something was wrong when he began having vision problems. "I'm learning that one minute you can be fine, and the next I went blind in my right eye,...It's a completely unpredictable disease."
Osbourne and his wife, Lisa Stelly, have a daughter, Pearl Clementine, born on 24 April 2012. He has resolved to "adapt and overcome," but he admits that living with the condition is challenging.
"Missy" Elliott is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. She is a five-time Grammy Award winner, with record sales of over thirty million in the United States. In June of 2011, she announced she had been battling Graves' disease. This disability takes a dramatic tole on the autoimmune system and thyroid. She said, "I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping, I couldn't keep the brake down and almost crashed. I couldn't write because my nervous system was so bad -- I couldn't even use a pen."
The disability has also affected her mentally. She experienced mood swings and hair loss while undergoing radiation for hyperthyroidism. There is no known cure for Graves' disease, but Elliot's case has been well maintained since it was caught early. She says she's trying to live as close to a normal life as possible but her health will likely continue to deteriorate over time.
"I'm 30 pounds lighter because I've been exercising," she explained. "My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life."
She is expected to soon release a comeback album with the help of Timbaland.
Shannen Doherty is an American actress, producer, author and television director. She is known for her work in Little House on the Prairie, Heathers, Our House, Charmed and her role as Brenda on Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1999, Shannen announced she had Crohn's disease. In this disabling condition, the immune system attacks the digestive tract, causing inflammation and tissue damage. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fatigue and fever. The symptoms often relapse and reoccur. There is no cure for Chrohn's.
"It can kind of mess with you," she says. "There's nothing sexy about women saying: 'I've got to go to the bathroom right now.'"
Tionne Watkins, better known as T-Boz of the R&B/hip-hop girl group TLC, is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, author, and executive producer. TLC is one of the most successful girl groups in history with over 65 million records sold worldwide. T-Boz has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC. She also was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, where she was fired for volunteering to come back into the boardroom.
At 7, T-Boz was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. She announced it in 1996. Because of her disability, she was not expected to have children or live past her 30s, but she now has a daughter and is living today at the age of 42.
In 2009, she announced that she had also been battling a potentially fatal brain tumor for three years. "I started having headaches, but they were so frequent, something was wrong. My doctor called, but his voice sounded funny. And I said, 'You're gonna say something like I have a brain tumor, right?' He got quiet..."
She is now starring in her own reality TV show, Totally T-Boz, on the TLC network. She say's "I go for it...And I think everything, every last single thing in life happens for a reason."
A disability is any physical or mental difference that affects the way you perform life's daily activities.
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