5 Celebrities You Never Knew Are Suffering from Arthritis
Around 30% of the population worldwide is suffering from arthritis. Most of them are women. And among them are some well-known and popular people. As a result, many celebrities have helped to raise awareness, research and funds to help control and hopefully one day find a definite treatment for this painful disease. Here is a list of 5 such celebrities whose contribution towards creating awareness for arthritis has truly made a difference.
Golfers everywhere, beware! It happened to him, it can happen to you too. One of the most popular and legendary golf player, Tiger Woods is suffering from arthritis. It is truly heart-wrenching when you see a master player fail at his own game. Tiger Woods recently underwent a back surgery due to which he had to miss some big league tours like the PGA championship and the Ryders Cup. It was also a very depressing sight when he had to pull out of the Firestone midway as he was unable to complete the game. In a recent interview, Tiger Woods talks about his arthritis and how he is slowly but steadily overcoming it. Tiger Woods suffered due to the tremendous force he has to exert while hitting the ball. When asked for the precautions he is taking, he strongly recommends weight loss. Now on appropriate exercises and a well-balanced diet, we are ready to see Woods come out and fire up the field again! In his own words, “Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.”
The force is truly strong with this one! Who would have thought that our beloved (or not so) Darth Vader A.K.A. David Prowse from Star Wars has actually been suffering from arthritis since the age of 13! Due to his arthritis, Prowse has undergone many surgeries. Although never losing hope, Prowse kept battling the dark side of arthritis with all his might. Today he has both of his hips replaced as well as surgeries on both his arms. Yet, he lives every day of his life to the fullest. Prowse works with many arthritis organisations in Britain and is also the vice-president of the Physically Handicapped and Able-bodied Association. When asked for some tips for other people suffering from arthritis, Prowse says, you must exercise at least for one hour a week. Till then, may the force be with you!
Probably the best example of ‘to the last breath,’ James Coburn is a big inspiration for everyone suffering from arthritis! In his 45 years of film and television career, James Coburn has made nearly over 100 television appearances in serials like NBC’s ‘Bonanza’ and ‘Tales of Wells Fargo’. He has given many hit movies like ‘Our Man Flint’, ‘Cross of Iron’ and ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’. Due to severe rheumatoid arthritis, he was featured in very few films during the 1980s. Though Coburn’s hands were clearly visibly gnarled in film appearances in the last years of his career, the sturdy actor continued working nonetheless. He was diagnosed when his career was at its prime, although he never lost hope. He had to restrict some of his work as he was an action star, but he continued to make appearances in cameo roles. Coburn recommends including gentle weight lifting in an exercise program.
During her forties, Kathleen Turner’s life took a dramatic change when she was diagnosed with arthritis. Her acting career, which was flourishing at that point came to an abrupt halt! However, twenty years later she is back on the West End stage in a new production, Bakersfield Mist. Undergoing 12 operations in 12 years, the journey of recovery for Turner was surely a difficult one, although she did not lose hope. Her symptoms first showed up after she gave birth. At that time, Kathleen was told she would spend the rest of her life on a wheelchair. She refused to accept that and endured a staggering number of surgeries. When asked about her struggles, Kathleen’s response was, “I really believe you have to take a level of risk to the point of possibly failing so you know what you can do.”
Pegged as one of the most famous and glamorous woman to have arthritis, Rosalind was hopeful, determined and very private about her life. The biggest quality that Rosalind had while battling arthritis was her positive approach. She did not let her situation get in the way of living her life. She acted and worked while she could. Then she gracefully retired yet still fought her pain and agony to remain a public figure. While remembering her fondly, her friends recall how she hoped for a miracle with her arthritis almost till the end of the battle. Then Rosalind became a celebrity advocate for spreading awareness for arthritis. Due to the lack of adequate treatment, Rosalind finally lost the battle at the age of 69. Living life to the fullest, she was quoted as saying “Taking joy in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.” Their contribution has not been wasted. Research in major countries like Japan, UK, USA and India are conducted and everyday doctors strive hard to bring relief to these patients. Today many treatments and medicines like Glucosamine are available that help to reduce the pain of these patients and support them to fight the battle. Until then, to all the arthritis patients, do not lose hope! After all real courage is when you know that you are going to fall, but you get up anyway!
- Flexable Health