Montel Williams was diagnosed in 1999 with multiple sclerosis after ten years of misdiagnosis. Multiple sclerosis is degenerative disease that affects the signaling of the braining and spinal cord.
Susan Flannery, who played Stephanie Forester on the Bold and the Beautiful, took a leave of absence due to severe fibromyalgia flare-ups in 2007. Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.
Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball had rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 17 but it did not keep her from pursuing her dreams. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.
The famous French painter Renoir also battled rheumatoid arthritis for nearly three decades of his life. His first attack happened in 1898 and his joints became severally deformed. By 1910, he was confined to a wheelchair and his deformed hands looked like bird claws. Despite this, he continued to paint and produced some great masterpieces.
For a complete list of celebrities and other famous people who have been affected by autoimmune disease or chronic illness, visit the WEGO Health website.