The host of “America’s Got Talent”, Nick Cannon, has the autoimmune disease Lupus. At just 36 years old, Nick Cannon has to constantly battle with his illness, which causes extreme fatigue, joint paint, fever, and a face rash. It can even cause kidney failure.
Nick took to Instagram when he landed in the hospital over the holidays, posting this photo of his arm hooked up to an IV. He wrote, “For all who have been trying to contact me the last few days this is where I’ve been. And I will be in the Hospital through Christmas. All good though, Doctors say I will be back to normal before the New Year. #LupusSucks #ncredible #warrior.”
“I’ve just been sitting here, reflecting, and I can’t sit here dormant no more,” he said in an Instagram video he made from his hospital bed.
“I’m about to take it to the new level, a different stratosphere, a different mesosphere. I’m sitting here just getting stronger, just, like, Iron Man strong, Incredible Hulk type strong.”
Cannon was released two weeks later after five blood transfusions. He said, “We all are stronger because we made it through 2016, and we’re gonna keep going. One love.”
He first opened up about his lupus when he was married to Mariah Carey in 2012. Nick is the proud father of Moroccan and Monroe with his ex-wife Mariah Carey. He’s expecting his third child with Former Miss Arizona, Brittany Bell, who he dated in 2014 after his divorce. He admits that he has not been taking care of himself as much as he should be since the split.
Mariah Carey tweeted this photo of her lying in a hospital bed with him. He has been fighting the disease for a long time, even while he takes on project after project.
“I be wanting to grind nonstop but the engine can’t run on fumes.”
Lupus is a chronic disease that can only be managed. Nick Cannon uses his fame and remaining energy to advocate for other people who have lupus, and to hopefully find a cure someday. For now, he carries on in and out of the hospital. But he always makes sure to stay in touch with his fans.