Adele Roberts has been diagnosed with bowel cancer and we look at a list of other celebrities with chronic illnesses.
BC Radio 1 host Adele Roberts — who hosts Weekend Breakfast —– has announced that she was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the start of this month, and would be undergoing surgery to remove a tumor today, 25 October 2021.
The radio star shared a photo of herself wearing hospital scrubs and wrote: “Ok, there’s no easy way to do this and it feels weird, especially posting on social media (I’m going full Black Mirror) but I’m hoping it’ll reach anyone who might benefit from seeing it or reading it.
“For a while now I’ve been struggling with my digestion. Thanks to a conversation I had with my Dad a few years back I went to my GP for a check up. I’ll be honest, I was embarrassed but I also knew that it could be something serious. So I went just in case. I didn’t think anything of it at first and just assumed it might be food sensitivity. After a few phone calls I was sent for some examinations and checks. I was then diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was at the start of the month.
“It’s all happened so quickly and I’m so sorry to post something like this on here but I hope it helps anyone who might be worrying, or suffering in silence. PLEASE make sure you get checked out if you have ANY concerns. The sooner you’re able to see your GP or talk to someone the sooner you can get help. If I hadn’t I might not be so lucky. As I’ve learned over the last few weeks, there’s no ‘normal’ with cancer. Sadly it can affect anyone, at any age, anytime. It doesn’t discriminate. Early detection can save your life.”
Adele Roberts stated that she felt lucky that she could be treated, after revealing that the hardest thing for her was informing her family that she had cancer.
She wrote: “The NHS has been INCREDIBLE. They’re heroes. I’m going to have surgery tomorrow to remove the tumour and then see if I need any more treatment or if the cancer has spread. So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky that I can be treated. It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.
“Sending everyone so much love and positivity for the week ahead. THANK YOU to my family words cannot describe how much you have helped me through these last few weeks. You saved me. You are my angels and I shall be thinking of you tomorrow. I can’t wait to wake up and see your beautiful faces (on FaceTime if I can compose myself enough to work my phone). If not your voices, to hear you will be everything. That’s all I’m wishing for.
“The hardest thing wasn’t even finding out I had cancer, it was telling my family. It broke my heart. If you know any of them please look after them for me until I can see them again. Especially my Katie (her girlfriend). I worry about her being on her own while I’m away.”
Asides from Adele Roberts, learn about other celebrities who have battled or are still battling certain chronic illnesses.
Kim Kardashian-West: Psoriasis
Many persons surely didn’t know about Psoriasis until Kim Kardashian-West — one of the most powerful women in the world — revealed that she had it.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes crusty, red patches with silver-type flakes. At first, Kim freaked out about the condition in an old episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, but she has since adopted a more serene approach, saying she doesn’t even try to cover it up anymore.
“I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am,” Kim wrote on her website.
Bella Hadid: Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from a tick, and when it is not detected early it can cause long-lasting symptoms like pain in the joints, problems affecting the nervous system, extreme fatigue, and heart problems.
Bella’s mother Yolanda, who has the disease as well, revealed that her daughter was diagnosed with it in 2015. The model later told Porter magazine that the symptoms got so bad once that she couldn’t get out of bed for six days.
Selena Gomez: Lupus
The singer and songwriter revealed in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with lupus — an autoimmune condition that causes rashes, fatigue, and joint pain. She underwent chemotherapy for it and didn’t want to speak about it until some fans wrongly suggested she had an addiction.
Speaking with Billboard she said: “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke. I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.'”
The complications from lupus continued for Selena, and just like Adele Roberts, she eventually had surgery, only that it was a kidney transplant, which she got from her friend Francia Raisa in 2017.
Selma Blair: MS
Actress Selma Blair revealed via an Instagram post in October 2018 that she suffers from MS; a chronic disease that affects the brain and often, the spinal cord. The condition manifests in problems with vision, arm or leg movement, and balance, says the NHS.
Selma said: “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
Since then, she has appeared out in public numerous times with her cane, including on the Oscar’s red carpet.
Lil Wayne: Epilepsy
The rapper suffers from epilepsy, a condition that affects the brain and is mostly known for causing fits or seizures.
In 2013, Lil Wayne told Power 106 radio that he was epileptic and prone to seizures. He said: “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures; y’all just never hear about it.”
According to TMZ reports, the rapper has been in and out of the hospital due to fits and has on occasion had to cancel a show after having multiple fits and ending up in hospital.
Most people wouldn’t know that certain diseases exist if those in the public eye didn’t open up about their health problems. We hope Adele Roberts has a successful surgery.
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