3 Celebrities Who Went Public With Their Chronic Health Issues

US actor Ben Stiller poses during the photocall of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' at Villamagna Hotel in Madrid, Spain, Monday December 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)

For people first diagnosed with a chronic illness, it’s common to feel like they’re the only one with it. Because they may not know anyone else with their condition, it can be difficult to feel like their issues are relatable.

Luckily, several prominent celebrities are speaking out about their health issues. By putting a face to numerous chronic illnesses and diseases, they’re providing hope for millions of Americans.

Here are three celebrities who have recently revealed their chronic illnesses.

Ben Stiller

The actor appeared on the Today Show last month to reveal that he is now cancer-free after being given a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2014. He previously wrote about his experience with the disease in an October 2016 blog post for Medium.com. Despite facing controversy for advocating taking a PSA test, everyone was on board with his sentiments about the importance of detecting prostate cancer early.

“I count my blessings that I had a doctor who presented me with these options. After I chose to take the test, he directed me to doctors who worked at centers of excellence in this field to determine the next steps,” wrote Stiller. “This is a complicated issue, and an evolving one. But in this imperfect world, I believe the best way to determine a course of action for the most treatable, yet deadly cancer, is to detect it early.”

Selena Gomez

The singer shocked fans last August by canceling all remaining dates on her Revival Tour and checking into a Tennessee rehab facility to be treated for mental health issues. After completing treatment, she told People magazine that “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus. I know I am not alone by sharing this, [and] I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.” Gomez was praised for her candor and has continued to address the topic.

Charlie Sheen

The actor made headlines in November 2015 by revealing that he was diagnosed with HIV four years earlier. Sheen said he relapsed with drugs and alcohol several times while attempting to cope with his positive status, but was now clean and sober.

But Sheen revealed that his HIV has been fully suppressed due to a drug called PRO-140, which he has been receiving in a clinical trial via injection since the beginning of this year. He made the announcement to Daily Mail on the eve of World AIDS Day.

“It’s impossibly amazing,” he said. “I think about how I felt on the day [I was diagnosed] and the way I feel today. Talk about a transformation.”