Chronic Illness in the Media

Lots of celebrities have talked about their struggles with different chronic illnesses. Most recently, Selma Blair talked to Robin Roberts about her MS diagnosis. I truly find Selma Blair an inspiration for her positivity. I find that it’s important to hear (and have!) celebrities share their stories. For one, they have great influence, be that on individuals who admire them, and on the spread of information which can lead to increases in fundraising for research. On the personal level, just knowing that there is someone out there who is experiencing what you are can bring a sigh of relief. “I’m not alone!” Of course, we have blogs like this and many, many others to share our stories on and interact with others, but I find there is something about having a celebrity share their story that is impactful, at least on me.

So, who are these celebrities who are (or have the ability to) create an influence by sharing their diagnoses? There are actually a lot, but we’ll stick with some of the most vocal ones.

  1. Selma Blair and Jack Osbourne – Multiple Sclerosis.
  2. Michael J. Fox – Parkinson’s
  3. Lady Gaga & Morgan Freeman – Fibromyalgia
  4. Sarah Hyland – Kidney Dysplasia
  5. Selena Gomez & Nick Cannon – Lupus
  6. Daisy Ridley & Lena Dunham – Endometriosis
  7. Gigi Hadid – Hashimoto’s
  8. Venus Williams – Sjogren’s
From left to right: Selena Gomez, Sarah Hyland, Lady Gaga

Sharing stories and information can be so powerful. It can create an emotional experience, influence a workplace, influence a government, or influence the masses. I always encourage everyone to share their stories (when they feel comfortable to). If anyone would like to do a guest blog post, please reach out. Any topic related to health (mental or physical) is welcome!