Living in the spotlight can be a challenge for celebrities, living with chronic conditions can make it ten times harder. Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian West tweeted that her psoriasis had started to grow on her face, after announcing on the show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ that she had the disease.
Kim has always lived her life in-front of the camera, so living with psoriasis must be a challenge when the world is quick to point out your flaws. Psoriasis is a condition where the body has patches of burning, dry, itchy and scaley skin. Mrs West has described her condition as her “big flaw,” but also admits she doesn’t feel the need to cover it anymore. You go girl!
Wait why am I now getting psoriasis on my face 😭
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 6, 2017
Selena Gomez: Lupus
Lupus is where the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues. The 24-year-old had to cancel her world tour in 2016 due to panic attacks and depression.
Cher: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
The pop star was diagnosed in 1991, ME is a condition that causes tiredness and exhaustion. Cher was devastated at the news, she even had to take three years off work to get better.
The pop singer has suffered from respiratory problems since she was 2, she was also born with a collapsed lung. P!nk was hospitalised in 2006 from a severe asthma attack, which causes wheezing, coughing and discomfort in the chest.
Daisy Ridley: Endometriosis
The Star Wars actress was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was just 15 years old. Tissue usually lines the womb grows outside of it. Her ongoing struggle with the condition has not stopped her becoming a success, and took to Instagram last year to urge women to listen to their bodies.
Catherine Zeta Jones: Bipolar Disorder
Jones has had a hard time battling bipolar disorder whilst supporting her husband cancer diagnosis in 2010. Sleepless nights, constant worry and stress are some of the symptoms she had. She also visited a rehabilitation centre in 2011 to better manage her condition.
Angelina Jolie – Double Mastectomy
After finding out she carried a gene for breast cancer from her mother, who passed away aged 56 of the illness. Jolie made the courageous decision to undergo a double mastectomy (both your breasts are removed.) In 2014 she wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times, called ‘My Medical Choice’ explaining her brave journey and what led to the difficult decisions she had to make.
Halle Berry: Type 1 Diabetes
During the filming of the television series ‘Living Dolls’ in 1989, Berry lapsed into a diabetic coma. She was afterwards diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She is now an active volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Association charity.
Words: @Emily Ralston