Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland recently revealed on The Ellen Show that she has been battling kidney dysplasia, a condition that Healthline defines as “when one or both kidneys don’t develop as they should while the fetus is growing in the womb. … Multiple cysts replace normal kidney tissue, and they’re unable to filter blood.”
The actress has had 16 surgeries in her life, including multiple kidney transplants, and said her illness has taken a toll on her mental health—she was close to taking her own life. She told Ellen DeGeneres, “I have an amazing job, an amazing support system, but… after 26, 27 years of just always being sick and being in chronic pain every single day, you don’t know when you’re going to have the next good day. It’s really, really hard.” She said speaking out loud to the people around her made her realise that she needed to seek help from a therapist.
“When I said it out loud, they were like, ‘Oh, you need to see a therapist,’ and that’s when I was like, ‘OK, I don’t think you’re going to help me’.
“I think I need to really do this on my own and really do even more digging and soul-searching,’ and just saying it out loud helped immensely because I kept it to myself for months and months at a time and saying it out loud really helped.”
Sarah isn’t the only celebrity battling health issues. Here are other celebrities you might not know have serious health issues.
When Gigi first started out as a model, many claimed she was too big to be a model (this was the time before more people started championing inclusivity). In February last year, she tweeted to address rumours on how her body has changed because of her battle with Hashimoto’s disease: “For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto’s disease; those of u who called me “too big for the industry” were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that. Over the last few years I’ve been properly medicated to help symptoms including those, as well as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body’s ability to retain heat, etc … I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out.”
What Hashimoto’s disease is, according to Mayo Clinic: “Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s functions.”
Kim was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2011. Her mother, Kris Jenner, also suffers from the same skin condition. The social media star has openly talked about her condition and sometimes even tweets or post Instagram stories about it. Last month, just before Christmas, she tweeted to ask her followers for recommendations to treat psoriasis. She wrote, “I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body.” She previously has talked about using creams and light therapy to treat her skin condition.
What psoriasis is, according to Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.”
The Star Wars actress was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 15 and had to battle severe acne caused by the condition. She wrote in an Instagram post that she was still struggling with the condition eight years on. She wrote, “’I’ve tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics, and all that did was left my body in a bit of a mess. Finally found out I have polycycstic ovaries and that’s why it’s bad.” She went on to reveal that she “went under the knife to remove polyps” and also dished out advice to young girls and women of child-bearing age to consult a doctor to seek treatment if they suffer from the same condition.
What endometriosis is, according to Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.”
For two years, the Pretty Little Liars actress didn’t know why she was gaining weight. It didn’t help that naysayers made nasty remarks about her appearance and even claimed she was pregnant. In 2017, she found out she was suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She told People, “There’s a lot of symptoms – like irregular periods, weight gain, impossible to lose weight — that seem somewhat normal sometimes depending on your lifestyle, but I feel like you have to just go and get it checked PCOS can lead to ovarian cancer and breast cancer and thyroid issues that could’ve been avoided. More than half of woman have it and they don’t even know. It really is a huge issue that I want to share and hopefully help even one person deal with it.”
What polycystic ovary syndrome is, according to Mayo Clinic: “Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.”
The singer opened up about her illness, fibromyalgia, in an interview with Vogue, in which she said, “I get so irritated with people who don’t believe fibromyalgia is real,” the singer said. “For me, and I think for many others, it’s really a cyclone of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder, all of which sends the nervous system into overdrive, and then you have nerve pain as a result.” The singer had first revealed that she suffers from an illness in a tweet in September 2017, right before the release of her documentary.
What Fibromyalgia is, according to Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.”
In case you didn’t know, Bella was an equestrian, but her battle with Lyme disease meant she had to give up her Olympic dreams in 2013. She then followed in her mother and sister’s footsteps to become a model. She told The Telegraph, “It was really emotional for me. I thought I was going to ride horses for the rest of my life. But everything happens for a reason, that’s my motto now, and I’m so happy to be where I am. Hopefully in a couple of years I can start riding again and buy a big barn upstate and me and my mum (who also has Lyme disease) can go riding whenever we want.”
What Lyme disease is, according to Mayo Clinic: “The most common tick-borne illness in these regions, Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick. Untreated, Lyme disease can spread to other parts of your body for several months to years after infection, causing arthritis and nervous system problems. Ticks can also transmit other illnesses, such as babesiosis and Colorado tick fever.”
Selena has long been candid about her battle with lupus, but it wasn’t until two years ago when she underwent a kidney transplant that some people realised how serious the illness is. The singer had taken a break from her music activities and social media to undergo treatment. Her best friend, Francia Raisa, whom she has been friends with for a decade, donated a kidney to her.
What lupus is, according to Mayo Clinic: “Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.”