Back in 2007, I wrote a post about how we needed a celebrity to "admit" (as if it were shameful) to having lupus. I feel like we need a spokesperson to get the illness into the spotlight so that it is taken more seriously and diagnosed more quickly.
In 2007, there weren't really any celebrities actually publicly saying they had lupus. There has been some progress since this original post, where I discuss why people are so hesitant to admit to the diagnosis: http://lupusandhumor.blogspot.com/2007/11/we-need-celebrity-to-admit-to-having.html . Then, I gave a longer list of people, but with fewer actual celebrities- more like celebrities whose relatives had lupus:
- Flannery O'Connor, writer, died of lupus in 1964.
- Rapper/ Music Producer J Dilla/Jay Dee died of lupus in Feb 2006
- Sharon Stone's sister
- James Garner's (the Rockford Files) daughter (not Jennifer Garner).
- Anna Nicole Smith? (not confirmed)
- Michael Jackson (probably)
- Mary McDonough, "Erin" from "The Waltons."
- Millie the dog
- Seal: discoid (skin) lupus
- Richard Dreyfuss' first wife
- Mercedes Yvette, runner up on season 2 of America's Top Model
- Backstreet Boy Howie D's sister, Caroline, died from lupus
- Wayne Newton's sister-in-law
- American Idol contestant (2007) Leslie Hunt, who made it to the top 20 finalists.
- Dani Miura, Actress, To Catch a Predator
I get why people don't want to talk about their illness openly. You get drama, baggage, dumb questions and stupid comments. And if you're trying to have a career as an entertainer, people would rather hire someone who is healthy and reliable (and insurable).
Toni Braxton has openly talked about her struggles with lupus. She belongs
www.youtube.com/user/carlaulbrich - funny songs
http://tinyurl.com/348hroc - Carla's book "How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?"