Celebrities Suffer from Chronic Illness and Pain Too


There is no question that with the blessings of fame come many burdens and chronic illness don’t just affect average folks like you and me, they affect the rich and famous as well. I thought I would share with you some of those famous persons that have been afflicted with chronic illness and/or autoimmune disease.

Desperate Housewives star, Marcia Cross (Bree Van De Kamp), suffers from painful migraines that go back to her teen years. She is one of the 28 million Americans who suffer from painful migraines and anything can trigger these headaches, whether it is the weather or a stressful day.


Elizabeth Taylor was born with scoliosis which causes an unnatural curvature of the spine and as a result; she has suffered from back pain for years. Moreover, she has been addicted to pain medications, alcohol and sleeping pills. One out of every three people has some form of scoliosis.

Montel Williams was diagnosed in 1999 with multiple sclerosis after ten years of misdiagnosis. Multiple sclerosis is degenerative disease that affects the signaling of the braining and spinal cord.

Susan Flannery, who played Stephanie Forester on the Bold and the Beautiful, took a leave of absence due to severe fibromyalgia flare-ups in 2007. Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball had rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 17 but it did not keep her from pursuing her dreams. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.

The famous French painter Renoir also battled rheumatoid arthritis for nearly three decades of his life. His first attack happened in 1898 and his joints became severally deformed. By 1910, he was confined to a wheelchair and his deformed hands looked like bird claws. Despite this, he continued to paint and produced some great masterpieces.


Bernie Mac lost his battle with sarcoidosis in 2008. Sarcoidosis is a mysterious and sometimes devastating immune system disorder that causes cells to cluster and damage organs throughout the body. He had been battling the disease since 1983 but it did not stop him for nearly 25 years.


Mary McDonough, the actress who played Erin on the Waltons suffers from Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Sjogren’s. Lupus is a chronic disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to become hyperactive and attack the body’s own tissue and organs. At least 1.4 million Americans have Lupus, 90% of who are women. Even though she had served as the spokeswoman for Lupus in the late 70s, McDonough was not diagnosed with lupus until 1994. In addition to Lupus, Mary has Fibromyalgia (painful muscles) and Sjogrens Symptom (a collagen disorder causing dry mouth, eyes or skin).


Rob Thomas’ wife Marisol also has lupus. The song “Her diamonds” was written by Rob to explain the difficulties that his wife has endured struggling with lupus and his inability to try to understand her struggles with the disease.


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For a complete list of celebrities and other famous people who have been affected by autoimmune disease or chronic illness, visit the WEGO Health website.

6 thoughts on “Celebrities Suffer from Chronic Illness and Pain Too

  1. Wow!!! Really fascinating…especially Lucille Ball! I had no idea. To have that kind of firey spirit and humor and be in chronic pain. Very inspiring…thanks so much for this post <3

  2. Firstly, Lana I love the new look of your page!Secondly, this post in particular is very interesting. It helps to know that people at all levels fight against odds and move ahead in life inspite of such odds!

  3. Thanks everyone for visiting. Shweta, I have been playing around with several different designs.Maya, Well known sufferers of ankylosing spondylitis include Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars, the former England cricket captain Mike Atherton, former Australian cricketer Michael Slater, Ed Sullivan, Normal Cousins and many more….Shweta and Dee,Actresses Aida Turturro (The Sopranos) and Kathleen Turner, Comedian Bob Mortimer, Actors James Coburn and Jamie Farr, and Musician Melvin Franklin of the Temptations all have RA. Actress Jamie Garth’s five year old daughter Lola and Ms. Georgia 2008 Meredith Boyd both have JRA.And there are so many more . . . . We are not suffering alone. Those millions of others famous and not just like us.

  4. I didn’t know that these 25 people were sick .But I do know that all people get sick just because you are Rich does not mean that they aren’t human . The one thing I do know if you don’t take care of yourself and the older we get the sicker you get all we can do is PRAY for those Celebs .

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