16 Celebs Living With Rare or Chronic Illnesses

Living with, treating and understanding the effects of a rare and/or chronic illness is a serious undertaking for a person. Regardless of the prognosis, a rare illness affects every part of a person's life.

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control reported that half of all adults in America live with one chronic illness while 1 in 4 adults has two or more. These include conditions like heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. And being rich, famous or successful doesn't give you immunity to these chronic or rare conditions. 

When it comes to those affected by rare and/or chronic illnesses, we should remember that even celebrities we know and love — like Lady Gaga, Yolanda Hadid and Michael J. Fox — have used their platform to confirm their own respective diagnoses. Keep clicking to see which celebs are currently dealing with (and talking about) a rare and/or chronic illness.