Bacteria, viruses, and diseases have been around for much longer than humans. Add parasites into that equation and they have been evolving and getting better for much longer than humans have even been on this earth. To put it in simpler terms: diseases have a massive head start in terms of the evolutionary race. They have had centuries upon centuries to revamp, revise and update themselves in order to reach today’s modern form. As humans evolve, so do these diseases.
While some diseases have been left in history, others have only improved.
Here are 10 celebrities who defeated their serious illnesses.
1. After Sharon Stone suffered a ruptured aneurysm and cerebral hemorrhage she was declared ‘clinically dead.’ This term is meant to denote the ‘cessation of heartbeat and respiration.’
However, despite her speech problems after her surgery she still starred in Basic Instinct 2 a mere 5 years later.
Since then she has received the Nobel Peace Summit Award for charity in 2013 and hopes her story can not only be an example but also as support for those who are seriously ill.
2. In 1991, Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite his diagnosis, he still went on to receive 5 Emmy Awards among many other accolades. The famous actor has since pledged his life to helping others fight the disease. He has started a fund with a whopping $450 million capital to research the cure for Parkinson’s.
3. Julia Roberts suffers from Werlhof’s disease which is a condition that causes severe bleeding even if it is just a small cut. Despite her condition, she still stars in many movies, has received numerous awards and is also a mother of 3. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
4. Ben Stiller had to undergo surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. His surgery was followed by rounds of chemotherapy.
Initially, he was in a ‘state of panic’ when he first heard his diagnosis but he remained positive since the cancer was found at an early stage.
He has since donated and supported numerous charities and organizations including the Cancer Research Institute and also the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
5. The 5 time Grammy Award Winner, Toni Braxton, was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus which is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own cells.
Despite her condition, she continues to sing and set an example for people who are diagnosed with SLE.
6. The actor who plays the titular character in the Harry Potter film series, Daniel Radcliffe, suffers from dyspraxia, which is a nervous breakdown. This may at first seem paradoxical and counter-intuitive to his career choice but it is precisely his career which allows him to share his story to his many fans.
He tells anyone who suffers from dyspraxia never to give up because Daniel’s faith in himself is what helped him become who he is today.
7. The famous singer, Lady Gaga, also suffers from SLE. She once wrote a song about the unique and oftentimes difficult treatment related to her condition.
Some of these methods include ice baths and a foil blanket. She has since donated large sums of money to charity and is a source of inspiration and hope to those who suffer from the same illness.
8. The actor from Dexter, Michael Carlyle Hall, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2010. In an interview, he has said that he ‘sincerely regrets’ that not everyone is entitled to the necessary treatments to deal with lymphoma.
He has since become the official representative of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which helps patients and also funds cancer research.
9. Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. After beating cancer, Kylie spent massive amounts of money in an effort to tell people about the importance of an early and timely diagnosis of cancer.
She was awarded the honorary Doctorate of Health Sciences after she was credited for inciting millions of women to undergo regular examinations.
10. Wolverine or Hugh Jackman was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013. He has since undergone six surgeries but continues to work on his acting career.
He currently sponsors 27 organizations that are involved in cancer research and other issues related to cancer.