Here is a list of celebrities LIVING with LUPUS, complied by the awesome Nasreen Subrati.
Women of colour are two to three times more likely than white women to develop lupus, says Dawn Isherwood, a health educator with the Lupus Foundation of America.
Braxton, who was diagnosed with lupus in 2008, tweeted in November 2011: “Lupus medication actually causes most women to gain weight. But we’re still fabulous! I’m going to work it on out.”
Corticosteroids—one of the mainstays of lupus treatment—can indeed promote weight gain. Still, exercise can help people with lupus manage their weight and will also improve their quality of life, Isherwood says.
Snoop Dogg’s daughter, Cori Broadus
Even though lupus most often strikes women during their childbearing years, from 15 to 44, “anybody at any age can develop lupus, and has,” says Isherwood.
Rapper Snoop Dogg’s daughter, Cori Broadus, first showed symptoms of lupus—lightening of her skin, hair loss, and dramatic weight loss—at age six, in 2005. According to a family profile published in People in 2010, Cori is now playing softball and volleyball, doing well in school, and taking several medications to keep the illness under control. “I can’t stay in the sun long, but I feel good most of the time,” she told the magazine.
In 2010, Lady Gaga told Larry King that she tested “borderline positive” for lupus. But to be diagnosed with lupus, a person must have certain symptoms and a positive blood test for self-attacking antibodies.
A positive test, which Lady Gaga might have been talking about, doesn’t mean you have lupus—you need to have symptoms, too. (And the pop diva told Larry she didn’t.) One in five women test positive for lupus-associated antibodies, but only about 10% have the autoimmune disease.
The scars on the singer’s face are the result of discoid lupus erythematosus, a type of lupus involving only the skin. Discoid lupus typically causes sores on the face and scalp but can affect the skin anywhere on the body. It can also cause hair loss. People with discoid lupus are often sensitive to ultraviolet light, and need to be careful about sun exposure.
Ten percent of people with discoid lupus will go on to develop systemic lupus, Isherwood says, although it’s possible these individuals already had the illness but just weren’t diagnosed.
The Third Rock from The Sun star was diagnosed with lupus of the spinal cord after visiting 17 different doctors. She was treated with chemotherapy as well and now has a whole new outlook on life. “Every single day is a gift, and I don’t take one second of it for granted,” she said to People.
In January 2012, the TV personality and entertainer was hospitalized for kidney failure, and just a few weeks later was treated for life-threatening blood clots in his lungs. Doctors diagnosed him with lupus, and since then, he has been outspoken about living with the condition. He served as the Grand Marshal for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now in Washington, DC, in 2014. “I have lupus, but lupus doesn’t have me,” he said in an interview with the Lupus Foundation. I’m one of those people who wants to wave the flag and say, you can win this fight.”
In 2014, Selena Gomez took some time out of the spotlight, and tabloids widely reported that she had been in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. In fact, she had been undergoing treatment for lupus. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” she told Billboard in an October 2015 interview. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy.'”
Rapper Trick Daddy
While making his rounds, promoting the release of his upcoming autobiography Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, Miami rapper Trick Daddy revealed some sad news — that he suffers from a disease called Lupus.
In an interview with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show this week, he made the shocking revelation about his struggle with the incurable, possibly life-threatening disease.
According to the rapper, he’s had Lupus since the age of 12, and has been dealing with the effects ever since he was diagnosed.
“I went to the doctor like 12 years ago. He took all kinds of tests, because I was trying to get rid of what we call dry skin,” said Trick. “She did biopsies and blood tests and swab tests. She told me I have lupus. I am allergic highly to the sun, that’s my worst enemy. It’s like an AK-47 with a double clip on it. I could jeopardize kidney and liver failure from the treatment and the medication.”
Despite being diagnosed at such as young age, Trick Daddy refuses to let it dictate his life. It’s just something he has to deal with it, and he’s up for the task. “My mama had 11 children from 10 different men. If she can live with that, I know I can live with this,” the rapper said.
Lupus took the life of legendary hip-hop producer J. Dilla in February 2006, just three days after his 32nd birthday.
In addition to a new book, Trick Daddy is dabbling into the acting side of entertainment as well. During the radio interview, he announced that he had landed his first major film role, which is slated to begin shooting next week. In the film, Trick plays a gangster.
“They got me playing in a movie with a lot of gangsters from ‘The Wire’ and the big black films. I can me, I can be a G in it,” he said.
Natural Hair Vlogger Domineque Banks
The natural-hair community is mourning the loss of vlogger Domineque Banks, who lost her battle with lupus on April 9. She was 27.
Known as “Longhairdontcare2011” by her many followers on YouTube, Banks’s hair journey was inspired by her illness. She began documenting her hair health in 2004, taking viewers along as she eventually grew her mane to tail-bone length, and doling out encouragement and styling tips on her channel. In addition, she regularly contributed articles to blackgirllonghair.com and the online hair forum Black Hair Media.
A close friend tells blackgirllonghair.com that Banks had been a long time suffer of lupus and had taken a turn for the worse in recent months. She is survived by her partner, sister, family and friends that no doubt include her adoring online supporters.
Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 finalist Zandrea Bailey
Sixth place finisher in the Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) 2014 Pageant, Zandrea Bailey, has her eyes set on another goal.
It is one destined to make a world of a difference — being the face of advocacy for the fight against Lupus, a disease that she has had intimate relations with.
When the 24-year-old graced the stage of MUJ 2014, Jamaica saw one of 19 beauties gunning for the title and the opportunity to represent her country at the Miss Universe 2014 Pageant, but unsuspecting of a woman who had endured the rigours of a gruesome disfiguring disease.
Ailing for almost two years, Zandrea battled Systematic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a life-threatening disease, which at times got the better of her, crippling both mind and body.
Dr. Arnie Klein, Jackson’s physician, told “Good Morning America” that he had diagnosed Jackson, 50, with lupus, a disease in which the body comes under attack from its own immune system. The result is inflammation, pain and damage to certain tissues of the body.
Hints of how Jackson dealt with such a condition can be found in his personal style choices, from the surgical mask he occasionally donned to his signature white glove.
A lot of people thought that Paula Abdul was being anything but Straight Up about what was going on during her “American Idol” days. She seemed to be erratic at best, but now, she claims it was because she has lupus and complex regional pain syndrome. The two illnesses combined to create intense pain and fatigue, which made her act erratically and derailed her career. Not only was she unable to sing and dance due to the pain and fatigue, but she also couldn’t hold down a hosting job because she wasn’t able to act normally. That made it impossible for her to hold up under the scrutiny of TV cameras and live audiences.
Now, she advocates for lupus awareness and research, and she has made appearances at the American Music Awards and on the sitcom the “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” The career comeback is likely due in part to her ability to manage her illnesses. Her dancing days may be over, but some new career opportunities might be on the horizon for Abdul as she continues to put herself out there in the public eye. This could be the beginning of something great for the entertainer.
Howie Mandel battles OCD and now Lupus as well.