A chronic illness diagnosis comes with several challenges, including extensive treatment and stigmatization. According to the CDC , half of all Americans have at least one chronic condition. Hollywood isn’t exempt from this statistic, as several celebrities have come forward to share their stories about living with a chronic illness like diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Read on to learn about their moments of despair, confidence, and everything in between.
Hyland has kidney dysplasia, which happens when the internal structures of a fetus’s kidneys develop abnormally in the womb. She underwent a kidney transplant in 2012.
“For those who are chronically ill and in chronic pain: Have you had the experience of doctors not listening to you? If so, how do you not tear their heads off with your bare hands?” she tweeted in March.