7 Celebs Who've Revealed Surprising Health Conditions
From Angelina Jolie to Michael Douglas
By Margeaux Klein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2015 12:30 PM CDT
Chef Sandra Lee revealed that she is still fighting breast cancer.   (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – It was revealed this week that celebrity chef Sandra Lee, who told fans in May that she had breast cancer, underwent surgery again for complications related to her mastectomy, reports People. "I am a long way from where I was and a long way from where I need to be, but at this point I understand that right now I just need to complete this unexpected phase of a tough journey," she wrote on her Facebook page.

Lee is not the only famous person to reveal a deeply personal health battle:

  • Roseanne Barr: The 62-year-old comedian and advocate for marijuana legalization went public in April with the news that she is going blind.
  • Angelina Jolie: She revealed in a New York Times op-ed in March that she had tested positively for BRCA mutations and had decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Since then, studies have credited the "Angelina Jolie effect" with the increase of women undergoing testing for breast cancer mutations, reports BBC News.
  • Avril Lavigne: Lyme disease reportedly left the 30-year-old singer bedridden for five months, a period of time she calls "the worst in her life." She still became emotional when she tried to talk about it with Good Morning America.
  • Jimmy Kimmel: Earlier this year, the talk show host revealed that he had two "horrible" non-elective surgeries on his penis, reports ETOnline.
  • Michael Douglas: The actor announced in 2010 that he was battling stage IV throat cancer, only to admit a few years later that he had lied and had actually beaten tongue cancer.
  • Valerie Harper: The actress was recently hospitalized because of the strong medications she takes, reports US magazine. In 2013, Harper announced that she had terminal brain cancer.
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