News: Nick Cannon Reveals Battle W/ Serious Illness, "No One Else In My Family Has It"

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 10:28PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hollywood actor Nick Cannon has opened up on his recent publicized medical complications which forced him to leave a daily radio show and said he suffers from a lupus-like disease.

While Cannon claims the disease is not hereditary, the 31 year-old said his focus is only on getting better.

He also revealed that the kidney disease was a result of an "autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system," and his blood clots were directly connected to his kidney infection. "It's a lot of stuff," said Cannon, "but it's all in order now." When asked by PEOPLE if his condition was hereditary, Cannon said, "They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is - like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it." For now, Cannon is just focusing on getting better - as well as on his young family with wife Mariah Carey. "I feel blessed to be alive," Cannon said. "If it wasn't discovered, I don't know [what would have happened]." (PEOPLE)

Autoimmune disease is reportedly treatable with proper medication.

Autoimmune diseases arise from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks its own cells. This may be restricted to certain organs (e.g. in autoimmune thyroiditis) or involve a particular tissue in different places (e.g. Goodpasture's disease which may affect the basement membrane in both the lung and the kidney). The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression--medication which decreases the immune response. (Wikipedia)

Around mid-February, Cannon shocked fans by announcing his departure from a daily New York radio show.

"Under doctor's orders, I have been asked to put my health first and cut back on some of my professional commitments in order to allow my body to get the rest that it needs to keep up with the demands of my multi-tasking schedule. It has been an absolute pleasure working with CBS RADIO and the 92.3 NOW morning show team and I would like to thank them for their unwavering support. I will continue to host my syndicated "Cannon's Countdown" weekend show and look forward to contributing to 92.3 NOW whenever possible. Even Superman has to sleep." (92.3 NOW)

Reports claimed he has had multiple doctor visits to address medical issues.

This morning on his popular radio show Nick Cannon announced to his fans that due to his hectic work schedule his health problems weren't getting any better and he was hospitalized last week for two blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged ventricle in his heart. Doctors say Nick's immune system is attacking his organs and his constant traveling is only making it worse. Enjoy some of that money Nick, slow down! Please. (The LIFE Files)

In January, the actor/rapper opened up about his recent kidney failure diagnosis.

"Two days before New Year's (Eve) I started feeling this horrible pain in my back, I starting thinking maybe when I was boxing I got hit. . . . My wife, who was my angel throughout this entire thing. . . . She was like, 'You gotta go to a doctor' and I'm like 'No'. ... I thought I was good. The scariest part was when they said 'You can go home while we get these other tests back.' . . . They sent me home. . . . I got to my house and that's when I thought I was going to die... The pain came back twice as much and other stuff wasn't working and I had to go back to the hospital. ... I'm good. I've got to go back to the doctor a couple more times, but I'm fine -- I'm totally recovered." (SF Gate)

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