20 Celebrities Who Have Gotten Real About Living With a Serious Illness

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We tend to think of celebrities as these perfect, invincible creatures that are basically an entirely different species than we are. Right? Well, truth is — and I'd hate to spoil this for you — celebrities are people, just like you and me. Of course, they might get certain privileges for being rich and famous, but life does not exclude certain people from the more negative aspects of like — and that includes serious, chronic illnesses.

For some reason, having health struggles is often seen as something that should be kept a secret — as if it is something we should be ashamed of. But with a little help from people in power who feel comfortable sharing their own truths about suffering from lifelong illnesses, we have found that this openness about what they're going through can be incredibly inspiring and even help change the world. Some high-profile celebrities have divulged their stories on having a chronic illness and help to remind us that, at the end of the day, we're all human and when it comes to sickness, there's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.