In 2019, journalist Élisabeth Quin revealed that she had an ophthalmic disease in her book entitled La nuit se lève. “This disease, I see it concretely, it is in my eye, like an invading presence that obstructs my vision. Therefore, writing is a way of tearing out what is in my gaze and throwing it on the page. “, she explained in the columns of ELLE magazine.
A double glaucoma that has gotten worse over the years, as she explained in Buzz TV for TV Mag. “My left eye is a little more damaged than before, the disease has gained ground in the left eye but despite everything stabilized thanks to the excellent care I receive at the Quinze-Vingts hospital in Paris, there is a specialized unit for glaucoma and I take advantage of it since I’m there, I don’t really want to talk about myself, but I want to say that prevention is really important because it’s a disease silent that goes off without you knowing it; I discovered it by chance and much too late,” she said.
A disease that is “very committed”, as she explained in the rest of her interview. “The disease was already very committed and if there is a history and heredity, and you don’t know, you have to take the intraocular pressure regularly at your optician’s if you don’t have an ophthalmologist; some can do it , you have to take your blood pressure because it is a terrible and debilitating disease“, she told.
After discovering her illness, the journalist was able to benefit from several arrangements to present her program 28 Minutes on Arte. “In recent months, we have found a way to stop putting the spotlight in my face. Before that, it was very painful. I felt like I had daggers in my eyes,” had- she told the Parisian.
Since 2019, actress Manuela Lopez has joined the cast of the series The Mysteries of Love. Before that, she had made herself known to the general public thanks to her role as Adeline in the fiction Hélène and the boys. Unfortunately for several years the actress has been fighting against an incurable disease. It was in 2016 that she first announced that she was suffering from a heart condition known as acute cardiomyopathy.
“It’s not that I deny my job, it’s just that I can no longer and no longer have the desire, she wrote. I am going to confide in you for the very first time so that you finally know that I don’t forget you but that my life has taken a different turn since death wanted to woo me I have been suffering from an incurable disease since 2007 but stabilized for the moment (to avoid further questions; acute cardiomyopathy insufficiency genetic heart so to sudden death) now that I have digested her, I have decided that she will support me and not the other way around! she had written on her social networks.
Two years later, the French actress revealed in the columns of Télé Star that she had been close to death following a heart attack. “I almost went there last year. I had a heart attack. This accident pushed me to think about my wishes. I also took a break from my career to protect my family and especially my son Paolo, who is now 13. I accepted a return to The Mysteries of Love to collaborate once again with Jean-Luc Azoulay. We had some great years together!”, she confided.
In 2018, she said she was fine but that she could not however have the operation: “I am holding the road! For the moment, no operation is planned because I am still young. I have to take medicine and rest I am lucky to be followed by the best teachers at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris”.
The announcement had the effect of a bomb. The famous singer Justin Bieber revealed on his Instagram account on January 8 to have Lyme disease. An infectious disease transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.
“While many people continue to say that Bieber is sea-headed or on drugs etc, they don’t realize that I was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, but also a case of chronic mononucleosis which affects my skin, my brain, my energy and my health”, explained the young man of 25 years before revealing that he will talk about it soon in a video on YouTube: “All this will soon be explained in a series of documentaries that I will share on YouTube… You can learn there that I fought and I overcame! It was a difficult years, but I will have the right treatment that will cure this incurable disease and I will be back, better than ever” , he concluded.
Like 10% to 15% of women between the ages of 16 and 50, Laetitia Milot suffers from endometriosis. This gynecological disease is characterized by a migration of cells from the lining of the uterus outside the uterine cavity, very often in the ovaries. Symptoms are severe pain during menstruation and intercourse. This disease affects the daily life of patients and prevents them from having children in 30% to 50% of cases.
Despite her illness, the actress of Plus Belle La Vie was able to give birth to a little girl named Lyana. But after a few months of respite, endometriosis took over, as she confided during an interview in 50 minutes inside. To date, there is no effective treatment for endometriosis and personalities like Laetitia Milot and singer Lorie are fighting for better management of the disease in France.
In January 2004, Françoise Hardy learned that she was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is a form of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, especially the lymph nodes. After chemotherapy sessions, the condition of the singer improves, which allows her to continue her brilliant career. But in 2015, Françoise Hardy had to return to the hospital, because the disease resurfaced.
Following a bad fall, the doctors put her in a coma for a week. After having been close to death, Françoise Hardy goes into remission. Fate seems to be against the star of the sixties since the latter is again suffering from cancer at the end of 2018. This time it is skin cancer, which she once again manages to overcome.
Desire to urinate untimely, loss of sight, feeling thirsty… Jean Reno felt these symptoms before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during a medical visit. A disease that he inherited from his family since his father and aunt were affected. Diabetes has changed the life of the actor, who now has to watch what he eats. Jean Reno must also control his blood sugar level by pricking himself twice a day and injecting himself with insulin. Type 2 diabetes, also called “non-insulin dependent”, is diagnosed in the fifties.
It is manifested by resistance to insulin secreted by the body and damage to blood vessels when the blood contains a high amount of glucose. Jean Reno deplores the lack of prevention and research in France to combat this disease.
Dominique Farrugia has suffered from multiple sclerosis since the age of 29. This autoimmune disease is characterized by damage to the myelin, affecting the central nervous system. For years, the former member of Dummies hides his illness from those around him to continue to be able to work and not be perceived as sick.
He ended up accepting his condition and did not hesitate to talk about it as in the program Le Divan, in 2016. Despite major mobility problems, Dominique Farrugia continues to fight against the disease with the unfailing support of his wife Isabelle and of his two daughters, Mia and Zoé.
In the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, the American star revealed that she has fibromyalgia, a very painful condition that forced her to take breaks from her career. Fibromyalgia is manifested by dysfunctional joint and muscle pain. More concretely, the patients have pain in all the body, permanently. The disease also causes sleep disturbances and severe fatigue.
Under these conditions, it is not surprising that Lady Gaga had to postpone the dates of her Joanne World Tour. Since 2017, the singer has been making the general public aware of this disease for which the cure has not yet been found. According to doctors, fibromyalgia often affects people who have suffered physical or psychological trauma. In the case of Lady Gaga, a rape at the age of 19 could be the cause of these troubles.
It was at the age of 13 that the interpreter of Agent Smith in The Matrix was diagnosed with epilepsy. Although the disease did not prevent him from becoming a movie star, it affected his daily life somewhat. Hugo Weaving claims in particular that he could not pass his driving license because of epilepsy. This disease, which affects tens of millions of people worldwide, is a neurological condition caused by a transient functional impairment, either limited to one part of the brain or generalized.
In other words, the neurons produce an electrical discharge that travels through all or part of the brain, which causes seizures and loss of consciousness in the patient. The risks are mainly falls and accidents during a crisis, but not swallowing your tongue as the legend has it.
In 1991, on the set of Doc Hollywood, Michael J. Fox was seized with uncontrollable tremors. Doctors diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease. Generally affecting the elderly, this disease can also occur in younger patients, as in the case of Michael J. Fox, who was only 30 years old when diagnosed.
A degenerative neurological condition, Parkinson’s disease is caused by the disappearance of dopamine neurons, which leads to tremors, slowed movements and cognitive impairment.
In 1998, the Back to the Future star revealed his illness to the public. Two years later, he founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, which raises funds for the search for a treatment, which has still not been found.
The pop star was born in 1992 with supraventricular tachycardia. More concretely, it is a heart rhythm disorder which manifests itself by an acceleration of the heartbeat at rest. There are several types of supraventricular tachycardia, some more troublesome than others. In the case of Miley Cyrus, the disease is not dangerous.
But the singer confided in her autobiography Miles to Go that she never goes on stage without thinking of her heart. Indeed, people with tachycardia must monitor their heart and sometimes take antiarrhythmic drugs, which suppress cardiac arrhythmias.
In 2008, rapper Missy Elliott experienced unusual disorders: hair loss, mood swings, rapid heartbeat… Spasms in her leg even nearly caused her a car accident. Very quickly, the doctors put a word on these symptoms: Basedow.
Also called “Graves’ disease”, this autoimmune pathology stimulates the production of thyroid hormones, resulting in hyperthyroidism. Missy Elliott must then stop her activities to follow a treatment. In 2012, she announced that she was ready to return to the front of the rap scene, even though she knew she would never be completely cured.
In 2011, tennis star Venus Williams withdrew from the US Open after learning she had Gougerot-Sjögren syndrome. This autoimmune disease, more common in women than in men, is characterized by dry eyes, mouth and sometimes skin, accompanied in some cases by a chronic dry cough.
Indeed, the disease prevents the glands from secreting mucus. Very tired by the disease, Venus Williams therefore had to withdraw for treatment. While there is no cure for Gougerot-Sjögren syndrome, it is possible to improve quality of life by addressing the symptoms.
The proof: Venus Williams is back on the courts since 2012, reclaiming her place in the top 5 year after year.
Seeing the star use an inhaler on the sidelines in 2009 left David Beckham fans wondering. Simon Oliveira, his agent, then had to reveal that the footballer had been asthmatic since childhood, but that it had never had an impact on his performance.
Indeed, asthma has not prevented many athletes like David Beckham from excelling in their discipline, like marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, cyclist Lance Armstrong or swimmer Amy Van Dyken. Asthma is defined as a disease of the respiratory system affecting the bronchial tubes and causing difficult breathing.
The causes can be environmental (pollution, allergies, smoking, etc.), but also genetic.
The American actress confided in 1999 that she had Crohn’s disease. This chronic inflammatory bowel disease is characterized by stomach pain, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, with periods of remission, which complicates its diagnosis. Lesions must sometimes be removed by removing part of the intestine. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, only anti-inflammatory treatments.
The Beverly Hills star therefore has no choice but to fight the symptoms on a daily basis. In 2015, Shannen Doherty faces a new health problem, breast cancer. Two years later, she announces that her illness is in remission.
Marthe Mercadier had to gradually withdraw from the media due to her illness. In 2014, her daughter Véronique announced that the actress had Alzheimer’s disease, for which there is no treatment. This disease is characterized by a progressive loss of neurons, which affects mental functions and in particular memory.
After the loss of memories, the patient may then become irritable, even aggressive. Marthe Mercadier is lucky to be able to count on her daughter, who accompanies her on a daily basis. The latter helps her in particular not to misplace the objects she cares about. The nonagenarian actress spoke about the disease during a program on Europe 1, insisting on the fact that it is important to dialogue with her relatives on this subject.
The Star Trek Unlimited actress confessed during a promotional tour that she has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Behind this barbaric name hides an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland. Patients may present with goiter and hyperthyroidism. The symptoms are diverse: fatigue, trouble concentrating, anemia, irregular periods… Zoe Saldana saw her life change because of this pathology.
But she is not surprised to have it, since her mother and sister suffered from it before her, the disease being hereditary. To stay healthy, the actress pays particular attention to her diet. In any case, her pathology does not prevent her from being a successful actress and mother of two children.
Jimmy Kimmel claimed to have narcolepsy in the press. Always hilarious, the comedian and American presenter keeps joking about this strange disease. He even claims it’s the best thing that ever happened to him.
Narcolepsy, also called “Gélineau’s disease” is characterized by extreme fatigue that pushes the patient to fall asleep at any time. In some, this disorder is accompanied by muscle weakness: they collapse while remaining conscious, but unable to speak. However, this is not the case for Jimmy Kimmel, who is content to doze off unexpectedly.
In 2015, the American singer confirmed that she had systemic lupus erythematosus. Gradually, she realizes that her panic attacks and latent anxiety may be side effects of lupus, an autoimmune disease. Lupus is manifested by an abnormal production of antibodies which leads to an attack on the various organs, but also the muscles, the eyes or even the tendons.
The disease forced Selena Gomez to postpone the dates of one of her tours and undergo chemotherapy sessions. In 2017, she had to undergo a kidney transplant because of her lupus. Unfortunately, there is no treatment that can completely cure this disease.
An inflammatory disease mainly affecting the skin, psoriasis poisons the lives of those who suffer from it. Kim Kardashian has been among the psoriasis patients for a few years. Her fans were able to discover photos of her on social media, showing plaques on her face and legs. These recurring crises have forced Kim Kardashian to cancel photo shoots. The American star tried many treatments, including Chinese medicine, but without success.
Indeed, to date there is no known cure for psoriasis, and the origins of the disease are unclear. The factors can be genetic, psychological, dietary…
Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite. During the bite, the tick transmits a bacterium of the genus Borrelia. The disease is characterized by various symptoms: skin problems, hair loss, joint pain, mental disorders… Thalia, star of the Mexican soap opera Marimar and Latin pop star is in her last two months of pregnancy when the first signs of disease appear. After several months of ordeal and negative tests for the disease, the star is finally diagnosed by a specialized laboratory.
Two years of restrictive treatment followed before he regained his health. Thalia says today that she is still afraid that the disease will return. Indeed, there is no vaccine against Lyme disease to date.