Hollywood is not always pink and glamorous. Glamorous in front of the cameras, the celebrities are not safe from the diseases and the physical affections, like the common people. Discover in pictures the fight of these stars with serious diseases or heavy diseases.
Montel Williams, an award-winning talk show, had lived with MS for 20 years before he was diagnosed with the disease. He has since become a speaker, raising awareness and helping others to live with multiple sclerosis.
Williams was diagnosed with MS in his early twenties just before graduating from the Naval Academy in 1980. The first symptoms were described as a frightening loss of vision in one eye of about 80%.
Williams fears that if he provides information about his diagnosis that he will lose his job, he has kept secret from his parents, children and siblings.
He considers himself lucky. It took the doctors almost 20 years to diagnose the disease, because, he says, if they did so in the 1980s with the speculation they were back then, he might have given up and never been where he is today.
Multiple sclerosis can lead to paralysis of the legs, and in some cases fatal.
At the beginning of 2013, American actress Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy. Since her 37th birthday, the actress has to make arrangements for her health because she carries a gene that gives her an increased risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer. Her mother died at the age of 56 from ovarian cancer.
Angelina Jolie’s treatment lasted three months and ended successfully on April 27, 2013. Her risk of developing breast cancer increased from 87% to less than 5%.