Last week, Coronation Street’s Kate Ford opened up about the struggles of living with chronic illness, endometriosis.
The painful condition occurs when tissue that is normally found in the lining of the womb is also found in different areas of a woman’s reproductive system, such as on the ovaries and uterus.
The star was praised for speaking out, providing solace to endometriosis sufferers everywhere, and here we look at 14 other stars who are bravely living with chronic illness.
Back in 2013 Tom revealed that he’d been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, calling himself a “total idiot” as he admitted to ignoring previous medical advice about living a healthier lifestyle.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or when the body can’t effectively use the insulin that it produces.
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Kim often speaks out about her ongoing battle with psoriasis – a chronic skin condition that causes cirrhosis of the skin.
Kim was diagnosed with the illness in 2010 and last year revealed that she has made her peace with it, sharing: “I don’t even really try to cover it that much anymore.”
McFly star Tom Fletcher has always been incredibly open about his battle with chronic mental illness bipolar disorder, admitting that there were times during his depression where he wouldn’t even want to get out of bed.
Tom later attributed part of his recovery to becoming a dad, sharing: “Having a kid has really helped me in life. It gives you a sense of needing to be stable.”
Bipolar can cause dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, suffering low and high moods known as ‘mania’ and ‘depression’.
Singer Demi Lovato has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, with the depression sparking bulimia and self-harm.
She spoke out in a bid to use her celebrity status to shed light on an often misunderstood illness, encouraging fellow sufferers that it is “possible to live well.”
Bella and her brother, Anwar, and their mum, Yolanda Foster all suffer from lyme disease, with Bella being diagnosed in 2012 and forced to give up her dreams of being an Olympic equestrian.
Speaking about the diagnosis, the supermodel shared: “My teenage years were taken from me. I was forced to start homeschooling my second year of high school.
“I know what it feels like to not want to get out of bed from bone pains and exhaustion and days on end of not wanting to socialize or be around people because the anxiety and brain fog just isn’t worth it.”
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that sees the body’s immune system mistakenly attack healthy tissue, with Selena being diagnosed in 2015.
As a result of the illness and related anxiety and depression, the singer was forced to cancel her tour and take extended time off work, she shared: “I had to stop because I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside.
“I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”
Leonardo DiCaprio has lived with moderate OCD for the majority of his adult life but was thankfully able to have it under control with medication. However, when he took on the lead role in The Aviator – a film about OCD-sufferer Howard Hughes – Leo stopped controlling the chronic mental illness in order to do a better acting job.
He later admitted that it took him months before he was able to gain control of the illness again.
Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, visiting a doctor when he suffered a 60% loss of vision in one eye and also tingling throughout his body.
MS causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord resulting in the loss of myelin, the insulation around nerves, Jack regularly speaks out about living with MS and even launched a website: youdontknowjackaboutms.com.
Epilepsy affects the brain and gives the sufferer a very high risk of suffering seizures. Rapper Lil Wayne was hospitalised last year after he suffered “several” epileptic attacks on his private jet.
The star admitted to not taking his medication as he’d run out and local pharmacies didn’t have it in stock. He now has the illness back under control.
Cher was diagnosed with ME, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, back in the 80s after she was infected with the Epstein-Barr virus.
It laid dormant in her body before it flared up, causing exhaustion, fever and swollen lymph nodes, forcing the singer to take a three-year break from the limelight to deal with her illness.
Similarly to Tom Hanks, Nick Jonas suffers from diabetes, however, he has type 1 diabetes – not type 2 like the Hollywood actor.
The main difference is that type 1 is not associated with an unhealthy diet or higher body weight, it also can not be controlled without medication, whereas type 2 sufferers may be able to come off meds after some time.
Speaking exclusively to me about his illness, Nick previously shared: “For me, it’s been helpful for me in my life to be open about it and share my story.
“I think if I was protective over the information it would make it harder to deal with on a day-to-day basis.”
Back in 2015, actor Charlie Sheen confirmed that he was HIV positive.
He gave a tell-all interview about living with the disease, which attacks the immune system, and weakens your ability to fight infections and disease.
Thankfully the star has been able to get the illness under control with medication.
Suffering from the same chronic illness as Kate Ford, Lena Dunham has always been incredibly open about her personal battle with endometriosis and has even shared photos of the scars she obtained after undergoing surgery to help ease the condition.
She shared: “I am strong because of what I’ve dealt with. I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper-body strength. And I am no longer scared of my body.”
Just like Bella Hadid, Avril Lavigne suffers from lyme disease, with the singer being left bedridden for five months of 2014. It was a long road to recovery, but Avril has thankfully now got her illness under control.