Celebrity Health Scares

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Not even our favorite celebrities are immune from experiencing health woes — and many of them are opening up about their battles in an effort to inform and inspire others who might be going through the same illnesses.

Selena Gomez’s health issues have been well-documented over the years. The “Look at Her Now” singer has openly talked about her mental health struggles, which even led to her entering rehab in 2018. However, in September 2017, she underwent a secret life-changing kidney surgery following complications from her long battle with lupus.

Gomez’s pal, Grownish star Francia Raisa, donated one of her kidneys to the former child star. “It was a six-hour surgery that they had to do on me, and the normal kidney process is actually two hours,” she told Today in October 2017. “Apparently, one of the arteries had flipped. I’m very thankful that there are people who know what to do in that situation.”

The Rare Beauty founder also credited Raisa for saving her life, saying: “Because she did. That’s it. I guess I got to the point where it was really kind of life or death.”

Amy Schumer, meanwhile, revealed in April 2018 had been hospitalized over a kidney infection. “Here’s what I’ve been up to this week. I was hospitalized for 5 days with a horrible kidney infection,” the Inside Amy Schumer star shared via Instagram. “I want to give a big thank you to the doctors, the badass nurses, also my husband who’s name is, I want to say, Chris? and my sisters Kimby and Mol who have been by my side the whole time.”

Schumer welcomed her son, Gene, with husband Chris Fischer the following year. Leading up to the birth, she experienced pregnancy complications due to hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a severe form of morning sickness.

Additionally, Emilia Clarke opened up about secretly undergoing brain surgery twice after suffering from life-threatening aneurysms. In an essay for The New Yorker in 2019, she revealed that the health scares happened during the earlier seasons of Game of Thrones.

“I lost all hope. I couldn’t look anyone in the eye. There was terrible anxiety, panic attacks. I was raised never to say, ‘It’s not fair’; I was taught to remember that there is always someone who is worse off than you,” she wrote at the time. “But, going through this experience for the second time, all hope receded. I felt like a shell of myself. So much so that I now have a hard time remembering those dark days in much detail. My mind has blocked them out. But I do remember being convinced that I wasn’t going to live.”

The Me Before You actress noted that she’s since made a full recovery, adding, “In the years since my second surgery, I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes. I am now at a hundred percent.”

Scroll down to read about stars who have experienced health scares over the years.

Nicholas Brendon

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum announced in February 2021 that he had fallen on ice and had to undergo spinal surgery to help his back pain. He added via Instagram, “If you’re somewhere impacted with ice, be careful. With a rare condition and a slip a week ago, I’m having spinal surgery in 1 hour. May you be happy, may you be healthy, and may you be safe.”

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Tiffany Hendra

The Real Housewives of Dallas alum revealed on January 15 that she underwent Mohs surgery to remove skin cancer from her upper arm. “CATCH IT EARLY!! It’s official — I’m in the Melanoma Warrior Tribe,” she captioned five photos on Instagram that showed the dark mole and the large scar on her arm after it was removed. “It’s been a whirlwind week and must share this journey to encourage everyone to be in tune with your body and do regular at-home body scans as well as yearly scans with your doc.”

“I’ve always had a normal looking flat freckle on my upper arm and it popped up like a pimple around October,” wrote Hendra, who appeared on season 1 of RHOD. “I kept an eye on it and mid-December it grew with a vengeance. In June, I had a full body scan and another random mole removed that grew crazy fast so checking my moles was on my radar. Thank God!”

She added that the pathology showed that she was “all clear” and her next step is having her lymph nodes checked.

“This wound is no joke w/ multiple layers of stitches (hurts like a mutha), but I’m so blessed to have a really sexy male nurse taking good care of me @AaronHendra,” she concluded. “PLEASE do not ignore your body. If you have a pimple that won’t go away or mole that is changing — GO GET IT CHECKED!!”

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Crystal Hefner

The Girls Next Door alum revealed in January 2021 that she nearly died after undergoing a fat transfer procedure in October 2020. “I lost half the blood in my body and ended up in the hospital needing a blood transfusion. I’ve been slowly eating my way back to health since then and I am now finally feeling OK,” she wrote via Instagram, sharing a pic of herself wrapped in bandages. “I advocate for being natural since I got very ill and removed my implants and everything else toxic in my body in 2016. I should have learned my lesson the first time but I guess the universe keeps sending you the same lesson until you learn it.”

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Emily Maynard

The former Bachelorette revealed in January 2021 that she suffered from Bell’s palsy while pregnant with her fifth child. “September 2020,” she wrote via her Instagram Story while reflecting on the year. “Got Bells [sic] palsy and had to wear a patch.” She and husband Tyler Johnson welcomed daughter Magnolia in October 2020.

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Jessie J

The British singer was hospitalized on Christmas Eve 2020 after she “woke up and felt like I was completely deaf in my right ear, couldn’t walk in a straight line.” She revealed in an Instagram Live that doctors told her she had Meniere’s syndrome, which is an inner ear condition that can cause vertigo and dizziness. “I know that a lot of people suffer from it and I’ve actually had a lot of people reach out to me and give me great advice, so I’ve just been laying low in silence. Now’s the first time I’ve been able to sing and bear it,” she added. “I just miss singing so much and being around anyone.”

“It could be way worse, it is what it is,” the “Bang Bang” singer continued. “I’m super-grateful for my health. It just threw me off. On Christmas Eve I was in the ear hospital going, ‘What is going on?’ But I’m glad I went early and they worked out what it was real quick and I got put on the right medicine, so I feel a lot better today.”

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

After beating prostate cancer, the NBA legend called out the racial inequality in U.S. health care in a December 2020 WebMD essay. “While I’m grateful for my advantages, I’m acutely aware that many others in the Black community do not have the same options and that it is my responsibility to join with those fighting to change that. Because Black lives are at risk. Serious risk,” he wrote.

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Jeremih

The “Don’t Tell ‘Em” crooner was hospitalized in November 2020 due to coronavirus complications. He was later taken off a ventilator and moved out of the ICU as his condition improved. “Jeremih has been transferred out of ICU. He will spend the rest of his recovery time in a regular hospital room,” a spokesperson for the R&B artist’s family and team told Billboard. “The true healing begins. Thank you all for your continued prayers and wishes.”

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Melissa Gilbert

The Little House on the Prairie alum shared an update in November 2020 after undergoing her fourth spinal procedure. “Surgery was wildly successful!” she captioned a photo from the hospital. “Dr Bray was able to remove all the old hardware, shave off bone spurs causing numbness in my right hand and, and, and, he was able to give me the artificial disc!!! So now I focus on recovery and remaining Covid free. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers. I send so much love back to you all. Happy Thanksgiving indeed!!! Love and love and love…MG #discsportandspine #artificial disc #grateful#blessed #loveiseverything.” The actress revealed earlier in the month that her third spinal fusion surgery — which she’d had in 2016 after previous procedures in 2001 and 2010 — had failed and that she had “reached the point where the pain is nearly constant and the fingers on my right hand are beginning to tingle.” Gilbert referenced her character from the popular 1970s series and wrote that she was “channeling my inner Halfpint for this one. The one who believes anything is possible. The one with courage and moxie to spare!!”

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Suzanne Somers

The Three’s Company alum underwent neck surgery in October 2020 after injuring herself while falling down stairs. “As most of you know, I have been struggling for the better part of the year with a fractured hip, and then Alan and I took an unfortunate fall while coming down the stairs at our home,” she wrote across her official website and social media pages. “I had an intense amount of pain after the fall that was not resolving — even after having tequila! After several scans, it was determined I had 2 vertebrae out of place which was causing pressure on nerves and creating that tremendous pain.”

Sommers added, “The good news is that I had neck surgery to correct these issues and now I am on the mend. I need a bit more time to recover before I can join you again at the bar for our virtual cocktail parties.”

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Stevie Wonder

In October 2020, the singer announced that he had a successful kidney transplant last winter. “Let everybody know that I was blessed with a new kidney and that happened on Dec. 6, 2019,” he shared during a press conference. “Since I have been released from the hospital, I’ve had nurses that have made sure I have my medicine on time and I’m going to take it for as long as I have to — even if it’s for the rest of my life.”

He continued: “I feel great. My voice feels great. I told my daughter, ‘Aisha, I’m going to be like five years younger than you now.’ I said, ‘I’m gonna go from being 70 to like 40.’ I feel like I’m about 40 right now and I just thank everyone for their prayers and love. I’m feeling great.”

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Tom Parker

In October 2020, the Wanted band member revealed that he was diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma, which is an aggressive form of cancer. 

“Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why. There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment,” he wrote via Instagram. “We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way.”

The “Glad You Came” singer continued, “We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this.”

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Jeff Lewis

The Flipping Out star updated fans on his successful spinal cord surgery in August 2020 after sharing his experience with cervical myelopathy, a progressive degenerative condition. “Here’s my biggest concern: I’m going to have a two-inch incision in the front of my neck, which is probably going to scar,” Lewis said on his radio show ahead of his surgery. “What am I going to do? Am I going to wear turtlenecks? Do I wear a mock turtle? I don’t think I can pull off scarves.”

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Sarah Harding

The former Girls Aloud member told fans in August 2020 that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. “Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body,” Harding captioned a hospital selfie via Instagram. “I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can. I understand this might be shocking to read on social media and that really isn’t my intention. But last week it was mentioned online that I had been seen in hospital, so I feel now is the time to let people know what’s going on and this is the best way I can think of to do so.”

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Jay Osmond

The Osmonds drummer revealed via Facebook in August 2020 that he suffered a stroke. “I didn’t want to alarm anyone so I hadn’t said this earlier,” he wrote. “A couple of months ago, I came really close to a stroke. BP over 200. They said I had a mini stroke. This was brought on by stresses I was under. I went on a couple of medications and have been trying to keep calm.”

Osmond continued, “Because of some stresses (non-work related), my BP has been a little high again. My angel Karina has been helping me deal with it … (I had a couple of people ask me about this and I didn’t want the rumors to get around) Love you all.”

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Len Goodman

In August 2020, the Dancing With the Stars judge confirmed his experience with skin cancer through the Melanoma Fund. Goodman wanted to help educate others on preventive measures. “Len Goodman has asked us to keep ‘spreading the word’ re. sun protection for golf,” the nonprofit wrote via Facebook. “The ex-BBC Strictly Come Dancing judge was playing a few rounds with our ambassador Paul Way at The Grove – a Sun Protection Accredited club, and revealed he has just had skin cancer removed. He wanted us to use this image to inspire others to take the issue seriously!”

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Ryan Lochte

The Olympic swimmer revealed on August 22, 2020, that he was undergoing surgery to remove his appendix. “Wish me luck,” he captioned a photo on his Instagram Stories showing him wearing a black mask in the hospital. He also posted a clip of his wife, Kayla Rae Reid, by his side, writing that his “boo” was his “moral support.” After the procedure, the six-time gold medalist provided an update. With his eyes barely open and oxygen tubes in his nose, he said, “Hey, everyone, surgery went amazing. I’m all good — I feel great right now,” as he smiled and later showed his “post-surgery meal” of steak, fries and a Caesar salad.

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Savannah Chrisley

The reality star opened up about the results of her third surgery in relation to her battle with endometriosis in August 2020 — and reassured her followers that she was recovering well. “Had a huge cyst they had to remove. Found endo in/on my uterus, ovaries, bladder, and surrounding areas,” she wrote via Instagram. “I stayed in the hospital overnight and then was able to go back to my hotel and now I’m heading home today! Can’t tell you guys how many times I’ve cried.”

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KJ Apa

The Riverdale actor got a shard of metal stuck in his eye in July 2020, and after documenting the tearful process of removing it he gave fans a quick update on his health on his Instagram Story. “The eye is good. I want to say thanks for all the support,” the New Zealand native told his fans ahead of his doctor’s visit the next day. Any remaining metal was taken out of his eye at the appointment. “I was about ready to flog it. I just couldn’t be bothered,” he said on social media, before noting he was glad he went to a professional to make sure the metal was all gone. “Take care of yourselves.”

 

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Ben Feldman

The Superstore star informed his fans in July 2020 that he had recently undergone spine surgery. “So some Me news: on Monday, an incredible surgeon in Newport (dr Robert Bray) opened up my neck, drilled out some calcified bone & 2 shitty discs in my spine, popped in 2 artificial discs & sewed me back up,” he wrote via Instagram, explaining he was now recovering. “It was horrifying but I’m alive & lots of friends/family sending me food that I can swallow, which is a v underrated category of food (slippery). Anyway things are good.”

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D.L. Hughley

The comedian was rushed to the hospital in June 2020 after collapsing on stage in the middle of a stand-up routine at a comedy club in Nashville, Tennessee. 

“He was suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel, and was kept overnight at the hospital for tests under doctor’s orders. He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayer and thoughts,” Hughley’s representative told Us at the time.

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Sherri Cartwright

Vanderpump Rules’ Brittany Cartwright took to Instagram in June 2020 to ask for prayers after her mother, Sherri Cartwright was placed in ICU. The incident occurred after Sherri suffered complications following a bladder procedure earlier in the year. “Please keep my beautiful mom in your prayers,” Brittany asked of her followers. 

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Chris Carrabba

The Dashboard Confessional singer shared an important message with fans on June 10 after getting into a motorcycle accident four days earlier. “My injuries were severe but not life threatening,” he wrote via Instagram alongside a photo of himself in a hospital bed. “I owe the amazing nurses and medical team treating me my endless gratitude. I am determined to make a full recovery, but I have surgeries and months of rehab to come. … I would also like to thank my family and friends for coming together to support me in this time of need. To all reading this, I would like to say thank you for standing by me through my recovery. This will be difficult physically, emotionally and financially and I’m grateful to have your support as I go through it.”

Carrabba’s injury came in the middle of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests — and he made sure to tell his followers that he would keep fighting for justice no matter what. “I have not lost sight of the social issues at hand and even in the condition I’m in, I find it important to state that I stand with Black Lives Matter,” he added. “In the near future it is likely I will not be able to follow the news as much as I normally would. If you don’t hear from me on critical social issues, I trust that you will know where I stand.

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Idris Elba

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Elba tweeted in March 2020, as cases of coronavirus continued to increase around the world. “I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic.” 

The Wire alum reiterated the importance of staying home and staying informed throughout the global outbreak, and revealed that his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, had not been tested at the time.

“We’ve told our families, they’re very supportive. We’ve told our colleagues. Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now,” he said in a video statement. “Now is the time for thinking about each other. There’s so many people whose lives have been affected — from those who have lost people that they love, to people that don’t have it and have lost their livelihoods. This is real … Stay positive and don’t freak out.”

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

In March 2020, Hanks confirmed that he and Wilson were infected with the novel coronavirus while down in Australia for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, in which the Oscar winner stars. “Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too,” the Toy Story star wrote via Instagram. “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

Hanks’ concluded, “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated.”

Wilson, who posted a similar statement to Hanks’ via her Instagram Stories, kept her distance from others when she hit the red carpet at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening fundraiser the month before. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the time, she said doing so was “a cautionary measure.”

The couple’s sons, Colin and Chet, both spoke out on the day of the confirmation. The Fargo actor wrote via Instagram that his parents “are receiving excellent care in Australia and are doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances,” and added that he’s been “in constant contact” with them and expects that they “will make a full recovery.” Chet, meanwhile, said in a video post: “I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine. They’re not even that sick, they’re not worried about it, they’re not tripping, but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously. But I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about.”

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Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of Utah Jazz

After Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus in March 2020, the NBA announced that it would suspend its current season. “The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” the statement read. “At the time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.”

The NBA’s statement continued, “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

A day after Gobert’s news was reported, his teammate Donovan Mitchell also contracted the illness. Oklahoma health officials tested all players and team staff, and only Gobert and Mitchell tested positive.

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Julie Walters

The Harry Potter star revealed in February 2020 that she was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer in 2018 and was given the all clear after undergoing chemotherapy.

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Sheinelle Jones

The Today Show cohost revealed in February 2020 that she has a lesion on one of her vocal cords and has to undergo surgery. She explained that she will not be able to speak for two weeks and will miss six weeks of work.

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Simon Barney

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum revealed in February 2020 that he was diagnosed with stage three throat cancer. “I think everything happens for a reason, I think your destiny is pretty much set for you, and you’re here to learn lessons,” he explained to People. “This has been a tough lesson for me. And I’m hoping it can be a lesson for others, too.”

His ex-wife, Tamara Judge, spoke out following the announcement. “Please keep @sbarney855 and our family in your prayers,” she wrote via Instagram. “It’s been a very emotional 4 months and we are rallying together as a family to get through this.”

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Shannen Doherty

During an interview with Amy Robach on Good Morning America in February 2020, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum revealed that she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer nearly three years after entering remission. “It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that — I’m stage IV. So my cancer came back. And that’s why I’m here,” she said at the time. “I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”

Days laters, she detailed how she’s coped with her cancer recurrence via Instagram. “It’s an odd time right now and I find my feet not completely underneath me,” she shared. “To say I have stress is an understatement. To say that I’m struggling is mild. But… I believe that I will find my footing. I’ll dig deep for the inner strength I need to face it all.”

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Gaten Matarazzo

The Stranger Things actor underwent a fourth procedure in January 2020 for Cleidocranial Dysplasia, a health condition that affects the development of the bones and teeth. After completing the operation, he took to social media to reveal all went well. “Though my expression in this picture may not show it, the surgery was a complete success😂. This was such A big one, it may be the last one I need. Hopefully at least,” he wrote via Instagram three days after the surgery, sharing a photo of himself giving a thumbs up while his head was wrapped in a brace. “Those who suffer from Cleidocranial Dysplasia usually have Supernumerary teeth, which are extra teeth that grow in the gums.”

Matarazzo said he’s “had several surgeries to extract these teeth” from within his gums and “help expose the teeth that should have already grown.” During his fourth procedure, 14 supernumerary teeth were extracted and six of his adult teeth were subsequently exposed. “I was under for four hours. My recovery for the past few days has been great and I can’t thank the team that did the surgery enough. Thank you all for your kind wishes and prayers. It means a lot,” he added.

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Julian Lennon

The late Beatles artist’s son underwent surgery in February 2020 to remove an abnormal mole that’s been on his head for 57 years. “I went to visit my dermatologist, here in L.A., when she noticed a little bump on my head, that was actually a mole, that had been there, along with a birthmark, for the last 57 years,” he wrote via Facebook. “But this time, it looked & felt a little different. She urged me to have a Biopsy 2 days ago, which I obliged… Only to learn, 24 hrs later, that it was Malignant/Cancerous, and that her recommendation was to get it removed immediately.”

He added, “Hopefully, we managed to remove all that was cancerous, but the Mole is being sent off again, for a further/deeper analysis, and I’ll have those results next week.”

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Ali Fedotowsky

The former Bachelorette star opened up about being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, “the most common skin cancer,” in an emotional Instagram statement in January 2020. “When my dermatologist used the c-word, I just about fainted in his office. Thankfully, the type of skin cancer [that] I have is rarely fatal and really never fatal when you catch it early … Needless to say, I’m never exposing my stomach to sun without sunscreen again!”

While the diagnosis came as a shock to her system, Fedotowsky did her best to stay positive and encouraged her followers to “get their skin checked.”

“Basal cell carcinoma is super common. The most common skin cancer. You probably know someone who has it. So it’s no big deal,” she continued on Instagram. “But what IS a big deal is not treating it and treating it early … The VERY first thing I did when I got diagnosed was text my family on a group text urging them all to get their skin checked. So I’m doing the same for all of you, my extended family, right here and right now. Moving forward I plan on making it a priority of mine to use the best natural products on my skin and be rigorous about applying sunscreen and reminding all of you to do the same!”

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Ozzy Osbourne

The rock singer announced on Good Morning America in January 2020 that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the previous February. “It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” he said.

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Zac Efron

The High School Musical alum was flown on an emergency medical evacuation flight from Papua New Guinea to Australia in December 2019 after he contracted a “form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection,” Australia’s Sunday Telegraph reported. The actor was hospitalized in Brisbane, Australia, for several days of treatment before being allowed to return home to the U.S. on Christmas Eve.

The Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile actor, who had been filming his new Quibi series, Killing Zac Efron, in the country, updated fans on his condition in an Instagram post on December 29.

“Very thankful to everyone who has reached out,” he captioned a photo that showed him with a group of villagers and their children. “I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G. I’m home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!”

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JP Rosenbaum

The Bachelorette alum’s wife, Ashley Hebert, revealed in December 2019 that her husband of seven years had been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, admitting, “It may be a long road to recovery.”

Guillain-Barré is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves, causing weakness and tingling that can progress to paralysis.

The construction manager revealed in a series of Instagram Stories that he can’t do everyday things like picking up the couple’s two children or “buttoning buttons, tying shoelaces, putting on deodorant.” He added that he faces “lots of physical therapy” in the future.

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Larry King

The veteran talk show host revealed in November 2019 that he was in a coma for “a couple weeks” after suffering a stroke in March. “Everything got better except my left foot and I have been rehabbing that every day, and they tell me I’ll be walking by Christmas,” the Larry King Now host told ExtraTV at the time. “Not bad, I can walk with a walker, too.”

He added, “It’s been a rough year, I don’t remember anything since March – I had the stroke in March. I haven’t driven a car, but I’m back at work and that makes me feel great. It’s been a long, hard ride. My head doctor said I have an incomparable spirit.”

In April 2018, the former Larry King Live host underwent a heart procedure after he suffered an angina attack. He exclusively told Us Weekly in 2017 that he had been secretly diagnosed with lung cancer. The Larry King Now host suffered a major heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in February 1987. 

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Savannah Guthrie

The Today show cohost suffered an eye injury in November 2019 after her 2-year-old son, Charley, accidentally hit her in the face with a toy. “Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” she explained on the November 27 episode of the talk show. “It has a really pointing edge, and he threw it right at me. It happened last week, actually, and then I lost my vision in my right eye about 24 hours later. … It was so blurry from — not to get too gross — blood in my eye that it completely blocked my vision.”

She said that doctors worried that her retina would detach but, “They told me to just take it easy and they’ve been doing a bunch of laser procedures to avoid having to do the whole surgery.”

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Helen Hunt

The Mad About You alum was a passenger in the back of an SUV when her vehicle was flipped onto its side when another car clipped it in L.A. in October 2019. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and suffered no major injuries.

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Joy Behar

When Behar appeared on The View wearing cat-eye Gucci sunglasses on Wednesday, June 5, it wasn’t a fashion statement. “I had cataract surgery yesterday,” she shared in the opening segment of the show, joking, “It was fine. I recommend it.” The TV host isn’t out of the woods just yet, though, as she only had her left eye done. “They only do one eye at a time in case they blind you,” she noted. And though she could only see white out of the eye that had its lens replaced, she assured viewers that the outpatient surgery wasn’t too difficult. “It really is an easy, an easy procedure,” said the comedian. “They give you a twilight sort of anesthesia and there’s Valium in there and everything, and so you’re whoopty doo doo … I mean they also stick a laser in your eyeball, but you feel no pain.”

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Ariana Grande

The “7 Rings” singer was forced to cancel two May 2019 concerts on her Sweetener world tour after she suffered an “unfortunate” allergic reaction to tomatoes. “My throat pretty much closed. still feels like i’m swallowing a cactus but slowly making progress,” she explained via Instagram. “Thank u all for your love and understanding.” Grande promised to make up the canceled Florida shows in November.

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Marlo Hampton

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed she had a recent breast cancer scare on Us Weekly‘s “Hot Hollywood” podcast in May 2019. While reports swirled that she had been diagnosed with the disease, Hampton explained that she actually had five large cysts in her left breast that her doctor wanted to drain and test “to be on the safe side.” Hampton did not go through with the procedure, however, as her cysts decreased dramatically in size. Her doctor advised keeping an eye on them, instead. 

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Howard Stern

After doctors discovered a growth on his kidney in 2017, the controversial radio host was told there was a “90 percent” chance he had cancer and needed surgery. “And now all I’m thinking is, ‘I’m going to die,'” he recalled in a May 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “And I’m scared s–tless.” Doctors later discovered that the growth was a benign cyst and Stern was given the all-clear. 

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Whoopi Goldberg

Goldberg was forced to take a month-long absence from The View in February after being hospitalized. “I had pneumonia and I was septic,” she said on the show’s March 8 episode. “Pneumonia in both lungs, which mean there was fluid, there was all kinds of stuff going on. And yes, I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news, I didn’t.” The Sister Act star later revealed that she was hospitalized a second time in April for “a 24-hour bug,” but that she was doing “much, much better.”

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Mick Jagger

The Rolling Stones frontman and his bandmates announced on March 30 that they would be postponing their 2019 North American No Filter tour due to Jagger‘s health issues. “Mick Jagger has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time as he needs medical treatment,” the band’s rep told Us Weekly in a statement. “The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.” Multiple outlets, including CNN and Rolling Stone magazine, reported that the “Gimme Shelter” singer had surgery to replace a heart valve. He announced that he was doing well on April 5 via Twitter: “Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better now and on the mend. A huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job.”

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Emilia Clarke

The British actress suffered a near-fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage shortly after she finished filming Game of Thrones season 1 in 2011. Clarke was rushed into surgery and admitted in an essay for The New Yorker that she “asked the medical staff to let [her] die” because she was so frightened that she would never recover fully. The Me Before You star was discharged a month later and began filming GoT season 2, but “struggled” on set. Two years later, she was diagnosed with another brain aneurysm and had to go under the knife for a second time. “The recovery was even more painful than it had been after the first surgery,” she recalled. “I looked as though I had been through a war more gruesome than any that [my Game of Thrones character] Daenerys experienced.” Clarke is now “healed beyond [her] most unreasonable hopes” and is working to raise awareness about brain injuries.

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Alex Trebek

Trebek suffered another health setback in March 2019, when he revealed to fans that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer via a YouTube video on March 6. He appealed to fans for their support and prayers in the clip, saying, “Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m gonna fight this and I’m gonna keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

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Jerry Lee Lewis

The singer-songwriter suffered a minor stroke in February 2019. “He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery,” read a post on his official page on March 1. “The Killer looks forward to getting back into the studio soon to record a Gospel record and on the road performing live for his fans. His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

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Luke Perry

Paramedics responded to the Riverdale star’s home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of L.A. after he suffered a massive stroke shortly before 9:40 a.m. on February 27, 2019. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum died days later, on March 4, at the age of 52.

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Michael J. Fox

The Designated Survivor star, who has been battling Parkinson’s for years — he was diagnosed with the disease in 1991 — revealed to the New York Times in February 2019 that he has also been suffering from problems with his spinal cord. “I was told it was benign but if it stayed static I would have diminished feeling in my legs and difficulty moving. Then all of a sudden I started falling — a lot,” he explained. “It was getting ridiculous. I was trying to parse what was the Parkinson’s and what was the spinal thing. But it came to the point where it was probably necessary to have surgery. So I had surgery, and an intense amount of physical therapy after.”

He suffered a setback soon afterward, however. “Last August I was supposed to go to work. I woke up, walked into the kitchen to get breakfast, misstepped and I went down. I fractured the hell out of my arm. I ended up getting 19 pins and a plate. It was such a blow. I fractured the hell out of my arm.”

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Amy Purdy

The Paralympic snowboarder, who lost a kidney and had her legs amputated below the leg after suffering meningococcal meningitis at age 19, told fans in February 2019 that she developed a blood clot and must choose between saving her leg or saving her kidney. “I’m more scared [than] I’ve ever been & yes staying positive doesn’t seem as easy this time,” she wrote on Facebook.

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Lindsey Buckingham

The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist underwent open heart surgery in February 2019. His wife, Kristen Buckingham, gave fans an update about his condition on Instagram on February 8, writing, “He is now recuperating at home and each day he is stronger than the last. While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is … unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not.”

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Susan Lucci

The All My Children alum revealed in February 2019 that she had to undergo emergency heart surgery months prior to get stents put in after finding out she had two blocked arteries. “I was actually in a boutique,” Lucci recalled during an interview on Good Morning America. “And I suddenly felt what I had heard someone on a TV interview years ago, a woman says that she, leading up to a heart attack, had felt like an elephant was pressing on her chest.” The soap star revealed that the store’s manager immediately drove her to the hospital.

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Nathan Adrian

The Olympic swimmer revealed the somber news that he has been diagnosed with cancer with a lengthy post on Instagram on January 24, 2019. “Life, like swimming the 100 free, can come at you hard and fast as you can’t always see who, or what, may be chasing you down,” he wrote. “Recently, I went to the doctor as something didn’t seem quite right. At the very least, I still needed to get my flu shot so it couldn’t hurt. After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I unfortunately learned that I have Testicular Cancer. On the bright side, we caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good. I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo!” The athlete, who also revealed that he would be undergoing surgery, said that he would be using his celebrity to shed light on the topic. “I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore the potential warning signs, and put off getting the medical help that we may need. As I told my family, I’ll be putting my public health degree to work a little sooner than I planned! But in all seriousness, I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable.”

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Wendy Williams

Williams’ family announced on January 18, 2019, that she would be postponing her return to her talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, after an extended absence for the third time due to health issues. “Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment,” the press release read. “Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital.” The TV personality, who is also dealing with a fractured shoulder, was diagnosed with the disease, an immune system disorder of a gland in the throat, as well as hyperthyroidism, nearly 20 years ago.  

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Lou Ferrigno

The Incredible Hulk star was hospitalized in December 2018 after what he claimed was a pneumonia vaccine gone wrong. “Went in for a pneumonia shot and landed up here with fluid in my bicep,” he wrote on Instagram on December 14. “I’ll be ok but it’s important that you keep an eye on who’s giving the shot and make sure they not only swab the spot correctly but that you watch the needle come out of the package.” Hours later, Ferrigno had recovered, posting a selfie with Dolph Lundgren on Instagram for Smash Global VIII: Night of Champions at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles. “Happy I made it out of the hospital in time,” he wrote.

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Bethenny Frankel

The Real Housewives of New York City star had a near-death experience in December 2018 when she had a severely allergic reaction to fish after consuming miso soup. “I have [a] rare fish allergy,” she tweeted of the scary incident. “I had soup, itched & was unconscious for 15 mins then [taken] to ER & ICU for 2 days w BP of 60/40. I couldn’t talk, see, thought I had a stroke & [was] dying & told if 5 mins later I’d be dead. 911 & EPI saved me. I’ll never not carry an #epipen.”

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Matthew Perry

The Friends alum revealed in September 2018 that he was on the mend following a surgery in August to repair a hole in his gastrointestinal tract. “Three months in a hospital bed. Check,” he tweeted. A rep for Perry told Us at the time, “He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals.” 

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Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici’s Son Isaiah

The Bachelor season 17 lead announced the couple’s 5-month-old son was in the pediatric ICU in November 2018. He captioned a photo of Isaiah hooked up to an oxygen machine, “Isaiah’s got bronchiolitis and his little body is having a tough time getting enough oxygen.” However, more than a week later, Lowe told Us Weekly, “Isaiah is back home with his family and he is doing great,” noting that his son “fully recovered and breathing much better.”

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Joe Perry

The Aerosmith guitarist was hospitalized in November 2018 after reportedly collapsing in his dressing room following a performance with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York. “He had just walked off stage after performing with Billy Joel and immediately complained of shortness of breath,” Perry’s manager, Paul Geary, told Us Weekly. “The in-house EMTs connected an oxygen tank and decided to take him to the hospital. He’s awake and alert this morning.” Perry was previously hospitalized after he collapsed following a Hollywood Vampires show in July 2016 over what bandmate Alice Cooper told Rolling Stone was dehydration and exhaustion.

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Demi Lovato

The “Confident” songstress was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital in July 2018 of an apparent overdose. The LAPD told Us that they treated her with Narcan, an emergency drug used to treat narcotic overdoses. The hospitalization came just one month after Lovato revealed she had relapsed in a song titled “Sober.”

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Amy Schumer

The I Feel Pretty star revealed in April 2018 that she had been in the hospital for the past five days with a kidney infection. “Here’s what I’ve been up to this week. I was hospitalized for 5 days with a horrible kidney infection,” the comedian wrote in a lengthy Instagram post from her hospital bed. “I want to give a big thank you to the doctors, the bad ass nurses also my husband who’s name is, i want to say, Chris? and my sisters Kimby and mol who have been by my side the whole time.”

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Alex Trebek

The game show host, who has survived two prior heart attacks, took a medical leave from Jeopardy! in January 2018 after he was forced to undergo brain surgery as the result of a fall. He gave fans an update in a YouTube video on January 4: “Some of you may have heard by now that during the holiday break, I had a slight medical problem — a subdural hematoma, blood clots on the brain, caused by a fall I endured about two months ago,” he explained. “Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery. Prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio and taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon.”

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Solange Knowles

The Grammy winner, 31, revealed she had been diagnosed with an autonomic nerve disorder and had to cancel her New Year’s Eve performance at Afropunk Festival in South Africa. “The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder,” she wrote on Instagram in December 2017. “It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me … As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018.”

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The Seinfeld and Veep star announced in September 2017, that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” the 56-year-old shared on social media. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

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Steven Tyler

Aerosmith canceled their AeroVederci tour in September 2018 after their lead singer, Steven Tyler, had an unexpected medical issue that forced him to head back home to the United States from South America to see immediate care.

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Selena Gomez

The “Fetish” singer revealed in September 2017 that she underwent a kidney transplant operation over the summer. “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering,” she wrote via Instagram. Her best friend and fellow actress Francia Raisa was the one that donated her organ. Gomez continued: “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

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Emily Maynard

In August 2017, the Bachelorette Season 15 star revealed she underwent emergency appendix surgery while six months pregnant with her fourth child. “God picked me to be the mommy to my kids and we can’t wait for number 4 to get here!” she shared in an Instagram post.

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Maria Menounos

The TV personality revealed in July 2017 that she had a non-cancerous golf ball-sized meningioma brain tumor removed the month before. “I’d been getting light-headed on set and having headaches,” she revealed in an interview. “My speech had gotten slurred and I was having difficulty reading the teleprompter. I [told my doctor], ‘I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I think I have a brain tumor like my mom.” The former E! News coanchor also explained in another interview that she was stepping down from her job. “For me, I saw it as a huge blessing and a huge gift because I needed to change my life.”

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Trista Sutter

The Bachelorette alum suffered a seizure while vacationing in Europe with her husband, Ryan Sutter, and their two kids. “I ended up in a Croatian hospital being poked and prodded and wondering ‘Why me?’ But today, I had to ask, ‘Why not me?’ I’m human. I have an expiration date,” she captioned a hospital-bed selfie on June 1, 2017. “I vow to try my best and live this life to the fullest.”

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Selena Gomez

In June 2011, Gomez was taken to the hospital after complaining of nausea and a severe headache. So why did she fall ill? “I do eat,” she told Us. “The problem is I don’t eat right. I love everything that’s possibly not good for me.”

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Bret Michaels

In April 2010, Michaels was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Later that month, he suffered a massive hemorrhage and was in critical condition. In May, the Poison frontman revealed he had a treatable hole in his heart. He later underwent heart surgery in January 2011 and kidney surgery in November 2014 after being hospitalized six times in two weeks. 

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Ellen DeGeneres

In September 2011, the comedian and daytime talk show host was treated for chest pains. She later joked: “The paramedics were strippers that I had called. That’s how the rumors got started.”

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Kristin Chenoweth

The Pushing Daisies star won an Emmy in Sept. 2009, but shortly after was hit with a migraine headache. While doing press interviews after the show, the actress was forced to pause while paramedics examined her.

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