Illnesses do not discriminate. People are at constant risks of various diseases, including life-threatening medical conditions that require on-going treatments and medications, especially when they fail to practice self-care and healthy lifestyle.
This is not to say that every single person has the same risk factor; of course the risk is at a much lesser degree for everyone who exercises on regular basis, has enough sleep, and avoids unhealthy diet.
When you see celebrities on screen, you probably think they are in perfect shape otherwise they wouldn’t be able to land roles in movies or TV shows.
If they do feel unwell at times, they certainly have the money to get the best treatments for whatever conditions affecting them.
They also have the means to acquire all sorts of fitness equipment and hire the services of professional dietitians to help them improve and maintain health.
But then again celebrities also are regular people; they are not invulnerable to physical and mental disorders. These famous people shockingly suffer (or suffered) from a variety of severe medical conditions.
10 Angelina Jolie
With her wealth and beauty, Angelina Jolie is an image of perfection.
That being said, the star has recently become more open about her afflictions.
She discovered not long ago that she had BRCA1, a gene that put her at higher risk for ovarian and breast cancer.
Jolie decided to have her breasts removed in 2013; fast forward few years, she had her fallopian tube and ovaries removed as well.
She has also been diagnosed with hypertension and Bell’s palsy.
9 Ben Stiller
Famously known for his roles in comedy films such as Meet the Fockers, Night at the Museum, and Zoolander, Ben Stiller truly is a multi-talented star with numerous awards and honors to his name.
About 6 years ago when he was 48, he received the most shocking news about himself; he suffered from an aggressive prostate cancer.
Going through the struggle against the disease has certainly brought a new perceptive of life for the award-winning actor.
He was then declared cancer free just in several months. In 2016, he publicly addressed his past battle with prostate cancer for the first time after keeping the diagnosis to himself for two years.
8 Elton John
Just last year Elton John released a memoir titled Me, and in it he went into great details about his battle with prostate cancer.
He also wrote about the complications from his surgery and how he spent 11 days in the hospital wondering if he was going to die.
More recently during a tour in Auckland, New Zealand, John publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia.
The condition has made it harder for him to take breath and absorb enough oxygen level to maintain proper function.
7 Hugh Laurie
Making his name playing the unorthodox Dr. Gregory House in the TV series House, M.D., Hugh Laurie is now the star of HBO comedy series Avenue 5 in which he plays as a captain of an interplanetary cruise ship.
In real life, Laurie was not actually much different from Gregory House, a person who preferred to see life through the lens of unapologetic pessimist.
He struggled with depression in the past and underwent treatments for that. The overwhelming success of House brought the depression back, but now it seems he can cope with it well enough.