Stars & Their Diseases: 50 Celebrities With Chronic Health Conditions

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1 Cobie Smulders: Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Cobie Smulders: Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Cobie Smulders, known for her role as Robin in “How I Met Your Mother”, received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, leading to surgeries to remove tumors while she was filming season 3 of the show.


2 William Shatner: Tinnitus Advocate

William Shatner: Tinnitus Advocate

William Shatner has been dealing with tinnitus and has become an advocate for finding a cure while also raising awareness about the mental health issues that often accompany this disorder.


3 Slash: Cardiomyopathy Survivor

Slash: Cardiomyopathy Survivor

In 2001, Slash, the renowned guitarist, received a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy due to drug and alcohol abuse. He was given a prognosis of between 6 days and 6 weeks to live, but he defied the odds and now has a defibrillator implanted inside him.


4 Tom Cruise: Dyslexic Actor

Tom Cruise: Dyslexic Actor

Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 6, and he graduated from high school as a functional illiterate. He relied on his sister for help with schoolwork. He appeared in movies like “Taps” and “Risky Business” before learning to read in 1986, when he became a Scientologist, coinciding with the release of “Top Gun.”


5 Mike Birbiglia: Comedian Sleepwalker

Mike Birbiglia: Comedian Sleepwalker

Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been diagnosed as a sleepwalker, and he once jumped through a second-story window while dreaming that a missile was about to hit his hotel. To restrain himself, Birbiglia sleeps in a sleeping bag and wears mittens at night.


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6 Richard Branson: Dyslexic Billionaire

Richard Branson: Dyslexic Billionaire

Billionaire Richard Branson struggled with dyslexia and was a poor academic student who only attended school until he was 16. On his last day, his headmaster told him he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire.


7 Dave Bautista: Asthmatic WWE Star

Dave Bautista: Asthmatic WWE Star

Actor and former WWE superstar Dave Bautista used to hide inhalers under wrestling rings to cope with his asthma during matches.


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8 Lady Gaga: Fibromyalgia Struggle

Lady Gaga: Fibromyalgia Struggle

Lady Gaga suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes widespread muscle pain along with fatigue and issues with sleep and memory.


9 Danny DeVito: Fairbank’s Disease

Danny DeVito: Fairbank's Disease

Danny DeVito’s height is the result of Fairbank’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth.


10 Daniel Radcliffe: Cluster Headaches

Daniel Radcliffe: Cluster Headaches

Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, suffers from a debilitating condition called cluster headaches and also has a form of “developmental coordination disorder.” On bad days, he struggles with tasks as simple as tying his own shoelaces.


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