Jack Osbourne: Multiple Sclerosis
At just 26 years old and only three weeks after his first child was born, Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy Osbourne, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control, vision, balance and sensation, as well as causing numbness.
Missy Elliot: Graves’ Disease
There’s a reason why Missy Elliot stepped out of the spotlight for a while. She was fighting a battle with a pretty serious condition: Graves’ Disease. This is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland and can cause such symptoms as fatigue, goiter, and eye problems. She was so sick at one point that she couldn’t write or drive a car. There is no cure for the disease, but there are treatments that seem to be helping her live her life.
David Beckham: OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome
Most ladies would be hard pressed to find something wrong with this hunk, but they would probably be surprised to know that he has been diagnosed with both Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome. He has said he has to have things lined up or in pairs; and when he checks into a hotel room, he has to put all of the books and leaflets away into a drawer before he can relax.
Michael J Fox: Parkinson’s Disease
Michael J Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991 when he was only 30 years old, though he didn’t break the news to the world until 1998. Most people aren’t diagnosed with this debilitating disease until their 50s. Parkinson’s is a disorder of the brain that progressively worsens and causes the characteristic tremors, difficulty walking and effects on movement and coordination.
Pamela Anderson: Hepatitis C
Pamela Anderson revealed in 2002 that she has Hepatitis C and that she got it through sharing a tattoo needle with ex husband Tommy Lee. Hep C is a viral infection that has no cure. Often times it will cause few to no symptoms, but with a chronic infection, scarring of the liver can occur, known as cirrhosis.
Shannen Doherty: Crohn’s Disease
In 1999, Shannen broke the news that she has Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that causes an inflammation of the intestinal tract and symptoms that include severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. There is no cure, but the disease can go into temporary remission on its own for periods of time.
Magic Johnson: HIV
Who can believe it has been 22 years since Magic Johnson stunned the world by announcing that he was HIV positive back in 1991? And he is still going strong due to a daily cocktail of medicines, giving hope to those with the disease, showing that it is not necessarily an instant death sentence.
Nick Jonas: Type 1 Diabetes Slide 9 of 10
Nick Jonas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13 and wears an insulin pump to manage his condition. Type 1 diabetes develops due to an autoimmune disorder that destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas, leaving the body unable to produce enough insulin to process the sugars we eat, requiring people with this disease to take injections of insulin..