6 Celebrities Who Don't Let Their Chronic Illnesses Define Them

Having a chronic illness can be overwhelming, but these ladies won't let it stop them from doing amazing things.

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Chronic illnesses are a serious issue for millions worldwide. And for many women who suffer, this can mean going to great lengths to conceal the devastating — and sometimes embarrassing — symptoms that accompany their disease. Thankfully the silence is finally being broken on chronic illness.

Despite constant hardships, these amazing women — from students to celebrities — haven't let their diseases define who they are. Leveraging their setbacks as opportunities to spread awareness and positivity, here are some ladies who won't just help you to understand chronic illness, but inspire you along the way.

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1 Selena Gomez

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Selena is a perfect example of how to not let chronic illness define you. Although she was forced to cancel a tour because of a serious flare-up of her lupus, an inflammatory autoimmune disease, she stayed strong. She's recently shared the realities of her disease and isn't ashamed to open up to the public about her struggle. If you didn't love the singer and actress already, this is just another reason to jump on her inspiring bandwagon.

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2 Lena Dunham

One in 10 women suffer from endometriosis, including the hilarious Lena Dunham. Endometriosis is a chronic condition causing tissue similar to what normally lines the uterus to grow on surrounding organs, such as the ovaries, pelvis, or bowels. Dunham is the definition of inspirational and is very open about her struggle with the disease, particularly on Instagram and Lenny Letter. She had to take time off from promoting her hit series Girls, but maintained a positive attitude despite the setback. Most people would agree that Dunham exemplifies what it means to own your illness, not letting anything hold her back from success.

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3 Ally Hilfiger

Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger's daughter, Ally Hilfiger, was 7 when she first began experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease, a chronic illness that can be caused by a tick bite and is accompanied by symptoms such as joint pain, weakness, fatigue, and vision problems. Hilfiger has many successes under her belt, including her latest tell-all book detailing her long diagnosis process and journey. She hasn't let her disease slow her down, living a fulfilling life with her boyfriend and daughter. On days she isn't feeling her best, she draws positivity from friends, family, creative activities, and funny movies.

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4 Daisy Ridley

Daisy Ridley, best known for her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII, recently opened up about her struggle with endometriosis on Instagram. The famous actress, diagnosed at age 15, encourages women to trust their instincts if they feel like something isn't right. Ridley is all about body positivity, striving only to be the best version of herself. Sending a positive and inspiring message to women of all ages, she's a great role model whether you have a chronic illness or not.

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5 Yolanda Hadid

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Yolanda Hadid of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and mother of Gigi Hadid just released a book detailing her painful journey with Lyme disease. In it, she speaks candidly about her invisible illness in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with Lyme. Yolanda is using her public platform to spark conversation about not only finding a cure, but also the importance of supporting those who suffer from chronic illness.

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6 Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian was shocked to learn the rash on her legs was psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes red, inflamed, scaly patches on the skin that often itch and bleed. In a world where she's constantly in the public eye, not knowing when your next flare-up will be can get rough. But Kim isn't afraid to talk about her condition, making women across the globe feel better about theirs, too.

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