9 Stars Who Suffer From Severe Illnesses

  
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When it comes to sickness, celebrities aren’t exempt. Just like everyone else, they get chronic or life threatening illnesses. This usually means they need medication – sometimes for life – and they need to change their lifestyle. Being diagnosed with a severe illness gives many celebrities an opportunity to set a good example for their fans and raise awareness. Rather than succumb to self-pity, they can take control of their health and do everything that they can to get healthy. We have 9 celebrities on this list who have had the misfortune of being diagnosed with a severe illness. Many of them have managed their conditions effectively and have a set a great example for the rest of us!

9. Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott has had to take a lot of time outside of the spotlight after being diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. However, after undergoing radiation treatment combined with medication, she has been feeling better. These days, she uses diet and exercise to manage the illness.

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8. Dick Donato

Big Brother star Dick Donato has been living with HIV since 2011; however, he only recently went public with his diagnosis. Although he isn’t entirely sure how he contracted it, he believes that it was through unprotected sex with a woman. Donato takes medication to manage the virus and hopes that, by sharing his experience, other people can learn from his mistakes.

Dick Donato

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