Celebrities that suffer from Crohn’s disease

Shannen Doherty

The famous actress, director and producer best known for her roles in Beverly Hills, Charmed, and Heathers, revealed her Crohn’s disease diagnosis in a 1999 interview with Star Magazine. She also mentioned during this interview that she hadn’t spoken about it earlier because “it wasn’t very sexy” for a Hollywood star to deal with such a condition.

Amy Brenneman

The popular Hollywood actress famous for roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Judging Amy, has struggled with IBD for several years. Finally, she agreed to surgery, and she says that this is what ultimately healed her. She is also a strong supporter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CFFA) and her goal is to help millions of others who suffer from these conditions.

Cynthia McFadden

McFadden, NBC’s senior correspondent, has been dealing with Crohn’s disease since her sophomore year of college, and her friends euphemistically called it “George”. In an interview for People magazine, she said that it was a nice way to ask her if she has had 15 diarrhea attacks that day.

The disease caused internal bleeding in 1979, after which she had 15 feet of intestine removed. Since then, she has mostly been in remission, but she is now trying to raise awareness about the disease with the CFFA. In one of her interviews, she said: “I decided a long time ago I wasn’t going to live my life around George.”

Mike McCready

Pearl Jam’s lead guitarist has been fighting with Crohn’s disease since he was 21. In a post he wrote for Huffington post in 2012, he mentions that he has had “accidents” on stage, as well as missed some very important events because of his condition.

However, McCready also says that while he is very sick physically, he has a very supportive and helpful team of bandmates who make it all easier for him. As some other celebrities, he is also very focused on raising awareness for the CCFA and he tries to show other people who fight this condition that they can be accepted and live fulfilled lives, through all the struggles and victories Crohn’s disease brings.

Carrie Johnson

When you think about athletes, you probably think heath, strength, wellness. However, it is important to know that Crohn’s disease may happen to anyone – including a three-time Olympic canoer. Johnson was diagnosed with it in 2003, only a year before she went to the Olympics for the first time. Still, she qualified for the three Olympics games that followed (in 2004, 2008 and 2012), and even win a gold medal in the 2011 Pan American Games.

Carrie is a great example of the fact that you can have any life you want, despite Crohn’s. After the Olympics in 2012, she enrolled in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Anastasia

The famous pop singer-songwriter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was just 13 years old. However, she learned very fast that bottling things up was what makes the symptoms much worse, so she learned not to be afraid of feelings, and fulfilled her dream of becoming a singer. Today, she is still singing, writing and rocking, not letting this condition get in her way. She is even grateful for it because it has helped her find out her true purpose.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

The 34th president of the United States was diagnosed while in office, in 1956. He actually had a surgery that same year to remove a section of his small intestine. Despite the pain and health issues he faced because of this illness, he managed to plan and execute D-Day during World War II and perform many other duties that he had as the president. He was also re-elected to a second term.

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