Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a brain and spinal cord disorder with impastill therapies that can reduce the severity and slow the progression of this disease.ired nerve function associated with scarring on the outer coating of nerve cells. Symptoms of MS include weakness and paralysis in one or more limbs, muscle spasms, abnormal movements, numbness, loss of vision, dementia, lost memory, or fatigue.
There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, some therapies help relieve the symptoms of the disease. In the world today, there are quite a few people with multiple sclerosis, including some celebrities. Here are 50 famous people who have been diagnosed with this disease. Although MS has caused them many difficulties, they are still optimistic while fighting this terrible disease.
1. Selma Blair
|Birth name||Selma Blair Beitner|
|Date of birth||June 23, 1972|
|Birthplace||Southfield, Michigan, U.S.|
Selma Blair is a famous actress and model and once the star with the most contracts in the fashion world. She is a popular model in international fashion shows and is a familiar face of the famous brand Chanel. Since 1995, she started her acting career and starred in a number of hit films such as Hysterical Ambition, Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing, etc.
In 2018, Selma Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She revealed that she had suffered from the disease for a long time and didn’t think it was that bad. Selma once had to shave her head due to a side effect of treatment.
However, Selma Blair remained extremely optimistic and cheerful during her treatment for this disease. She said that her son motivated her to fight MS. Selma is also a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the US. She also supports several charities related to children and participates in campaigns to raise awareness about skin cancer and AIDS.
2. Christina Applegate
|Birth name||Christina Applegate|
|Date of birth||November 25, 1971|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
The famous American actress and film producer Christina Applegate is also one of the celebrities suffering from multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS in 2021 and has struggled to live with the illness. In 2008, Christina also had breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA gene. She had to undergo surgery to remove her fallopian tubes and ovaries to reduce her cancer risk.
Sharing about the process of fighting with MS, Christina Applegate said that this journey is difficult and very strange. The illness greatly affected Christina’s ability to work while producing the movie Dead to Me, causing her to adjust her filming schedule appropriately. Despite many difficulties, she always feels supported by other community members of people with multiple sclerosis.
3. Jamie-Lynn Sigler
|Birth name||Jamie-Lynn Sigler|
|Date of birth||May 15, 1981|
|Birthplace||Jericho, New York, U.S.|
Jamie-Lynn Sigler is a famous Hollywood actress. She has won many nominations and awards in the television field and the Youngstar Award for Best Young Television Actress for two years. Jaime’s most impressive role to the audience is the smart girl Meadow Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos.
When she was just 20 years old, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the same time she began starring in the fourth season of “The Sopranos.” The actress kept her MS status a secret for 15 years before announcing it to the media in 2016. She showed signs of illness, such as declining health, difficulty walking, and fatigue.
However, Jaime is always honest about her difficulties as a mother when she has multiple sclerosis. In addition to treatment with a drug called Tecfidera, she also leads a healthy lifestyle and spends much time with her children.
4. Jack Osbourne
|Birth name||Jack Joseph Osbourne|
|Date of birth||8 November 1985|
Jack Osbourne is an English media personality better known as the son of famous heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. Jack has starred in the MTV reality series The Osbournes with appearances from his family members: his father, mother, Sharon, and younger sister Kelly.
Jack Osbourne suffered from multiple sclerosis in 2012. Ever since he was diagnosed with MS, he began changing his diet by eliminating all foods that affect his health. Instead, Jack eats more fruit and strictly adheres to the Paleo diet. He has also become outspoken about MS to raise awareness about the disease. Jack often shares his personal experiences with people who are also battling multiple sclerosis.
5. Clay Walker
|Birth name||Ernest Clayton Walker Jr.|
|Date of birth||August 19, 1969|
|Birthplace||Beaumont, Texas, U.S.|
Clay Walker is a singer and songwriter known for his country music genre. He is one of the most successful country music singers when receiving much love from the audience through albums and singles such as: What’s It to You, Live Until I Die, Rumor Has It, This Woman and This Man, etc. In particular, the single What’s It to You, first released in 1993, reached the Top 1 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996. He spent a long time in a wheelchair and had difficulty walking. However, after that, Clay chose the right drug therapy and began to recover in 1998. He founded a non-profit organization called Band Against MS to provide information and raise awareness for the community of people who also have MS like you. He is one of the famous people who are active in raising money to help patients with MS.
6. Tim Ferguson
|Birth name||Timothy Dorcen Langbene Ferguson|
|Date of birth||November 16, 1963|
|Birthplace||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Occupation||Television presenter, Comedian, Film director, Author, Screenwriting teacher|
Tim Ferguson is a famous Hollywood screenwriter, director, and comedian. His films and comedy shows have attracted a wide audience over the years. In addition, he is an artist and has taught screenwriting at several art schools.
Doctors diagnosed Tim Ferguson with multiple sclerosis when he was enjoying great success and at the peak of his career. He shared that fighting with MS has opened his eyes to the issue of discrimination against people with disabilities in society. A prolific stand-up comedian, Tim has used comedy to overturn some of the outdated clichés in his comedy shows.
7. Noah ’40’ Shebib
|Birth name||Noah James Shebib|
|Date of birth||March 31, 1983|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Record producer, Songwriter, Record Executive, Actor|
Noah Shebib (also known by his stage name “40”) is a Canadian musician, record producer, and former actor who became famous for collaborating with and participating in the production of his albums. Drake and Noah are also co-founders of the OVO Sound label. In addition to Drake, he is a collaborator of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Action Bronson, and Jamie Foxx and has won two Grammy Awards.
Noah Shebib was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 22. His mother was also diagnosed with the disease two years later. Despite facing illness, Noah gave himself the motivation to become stronger. He also considers playing the piano as a therapy to help him practice muscle skills. That has also helped his MS significantly improve.
8. David Lander
|Birth name||David Leonard Landau|
|Date of birth||June 22, 1947|
|Died||December 4, 2020|
|Occupation||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
David Lander is an American musician, actor, and comedian, best known for his role as Squiggy on the ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley. Some films starring Lander include Christmas with the Kranks (2004), Zoom (2006), Scary Movie (2000), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), etc.
David Lander was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984. It was not until 1999 that he came out about his MS to the public by releasing his book Fall Down, Laughing: How Squiggy My Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Don’t Tell Nobody. Through his courage and positivity, Lander lived with MS for a long time until he died in 2020.
9. Teri Garr
|Birth name||Teri Ann Garr|
|Date of birth||December 11, 1944|
|Birthplace||Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actress, Comedian, Dancer, Singer|
Teri Garr was a popular actor, comedian, and dancer in the 1970s. She is known for her roles in comedies and has had a massive acting career starring in over 140 films and movies. Teri has been nominated for two important awards, the Academy Award, and the BAFTA Award.
Teri Garr announced her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in October 2002 after years of secrecy. She shared that she decided to disclose her illness so that she could help others who are suffering from MS like her. Teri wants to let them know they are not toxic and encourages them to fight MS optimistically.
10. Emma Caulfield
|Birth name||Emma Caulfield Ford|
|Date of birth||April 8, 1973|
|Birthplace||San Diego, California, U.S.|
Emma Caulfield is an actress best known for her role as Anya Jenkins in the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998–2003). She acted in many films such as Back in the Day (2014), Timer (2009), Beverly Hills series, 90210 (1995–1996), Disney+ miniseries WandaVision (2021), etc. Emma married Mark Leslie Ford and had a daughter in 2016.
In October 2022, Emma Caulfield announced to the media that she had multiple sclerosis. She further revealed that she had contracted the disease more than ten years ago and had kept it a secret from everyone except her family and a few close friends. She decided to talk about her MS because she was tired of hiding it for years. Her father, Rodney Chukker, was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite battling illness, Emma Caulfield is still working hard. Her next new project will be the spin-off of WandaVision, titled Agatha: Coven of Chaos (2023).
11. Julie Roberts
|Birth name||Julie Roberts|
|Date of birth||February 1, 1979|
|Birthplace||Lancaster, South Carolina, U.S.|
Julie Roberts is one of the most famous singers in the country music genre. She debuted in 2004 with the single Break Down Here, and the song quickly reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Julie auditioned for the hit music reality show The Voice in its fourth season.
Julie Roberts has also had a long life with multiple sclerosis. At first, she found it difficult to accept herself as an MS patient because she worried about how people would react if they found out she had the disease. But then, Julie accepted MS as part of who she was, and she needed to learn how to manage it in order to continue living her dream.
12. Iman Ali
|Birth name||Iman Ali|
|Date of birth||19 December 1980|
|Birthplace||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Occupation||Actress, Supermodel, Singer|
|Years active||1998 – present|
Iman Ali is a Pakistani singer, actress, and supermodel. She was born in 1980 and is the daughter of actress Humaira Ali and actor Abid Ali. Ali also is widely known for appearing in Urdu movies. She won a Lux Style Award for Best Actress.
Iman Ali is also among the patients who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She had obvious signs of MS, such as hand numbness, pseudovision, difficulty walking, and difficulty talking. Ali produced a local TV show about the challenges and hardships she faced as a patient with multiple sclerosis.
13. Tamia Hill
|Birth name||Tamia Marilyn Washington|
|Date of birth||May 9, 1975|
|Birthplace||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Producer|
Tamia Hill is a famous Canadian R&B singer. She has popular hits that hit the charts, like Spend My Life with You and Into You. Tamia has also been nominated for multiple Grammy and Juno awards.
Tamia Hill was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003. She hired a trainer to manage a balanced diet and a consistent exercise schedule to improve her condition. Thanks to that, her MS went into remission, and her overall health also improved. In 2007, she became pregnant with her second daughter, and the pregnancy also significantly improved Tamia’s MS condition.
14. Neil Cavuto
|Birth name||Neil Patrick Cavuto|
|Date of birth||September 22, 1958|
|Birthplace||Westbury, New York, US|
|Occupation||Broadcaster, Journalist, Commentator|
Neil Cavuto is a Fox News Channel anchor and business journalist. He was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma in the late 1980s and secondary advanced multiple sclerosis. Although he survived cancer, there was no cure for MS. The illness has made walking and talking very difficult for Neil.
Currently, Neil Cavuto is still receiving medical treatment. Despite his vision loss, he managed to continue his work as an editor and messenger. As of now, Neil is still working for Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. In addition, he volunteered at the National MS Society.
15. Karolina Gruszka
|Birth name||Karolina Gruszka|
|Date of birth||13 July, 1980|
Karolina Gruszka is a famous and much-loved Polish film and theater actress. Since her debut in 1996, she has appeared in over thirty films and television series throughout her career. Karolina was also nominated for Best Actress at the 2007 Polish Film Awards.
Karolina Gruszka found out she had multiple sclerosis in 2017. She shared that she feels lucky that she also had a lot of knowledge about this rare disease before. There are also many people with MS around Karolina, so she can quickly spot the symptoms of MS. Thanks to her understanding and vigilance, she was able to implement treatment measures quickly. Karolina has successfully treated MS with medication and mental balance.
16. Montel Williams
|Birth name||Montel Brian Anthony Williams|
|Date of birth||July 3, 1956|
|Birthplace||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Occupation||Television host, Actor, Motivational speaker|
Montel Williams is an American actor, television host, and TV personality. He is best known as the longtime host of The Montel Williams Show. Before starting his career in the entertainment industry, Montel served 15 years in the Marines and Navy.
In 1999, Montel Williams went public about his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. He has had symptoms similar to those of MS since he was in the army. Montel shared that, after contracting the disease, he became extremely painful and went through periods of depression. But with the support of his family and the people around him, he created a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating healthy.
Montel also founded the non-profit MS Foundation and launched the MS Montel Williams Foundation to fund research on the disease.
17. Art Alexakis
|Birth name||Arthur Paul Alexakis|
|Date of birth||April 12, 1962|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Musician, Songwriter, Actor, A&R representative, Political activist|
Art Alexakis is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist for the rock band Everclear. In addition to composing songs for his band, he also participates in composing music for other singers. Throughout his musical career, Art founded several record labels of his own. Later, he was active both in politics and as a philanthropist.
In March 2019, Art Alexakis shared about himself having multiple sclerosis three years after being diagnosed with the disease through a letter to fans. After his illness, he still regularly toured with his band and even wrote books. Art is always optimistic and inspires people even when he has to fight MS.
18. Annette Funicello
|Birth name||Annette Joanne Funicello|
|Date of birth||October 22, 1942|
|Birthplace||Utica, New York, U.S.|
|Died||April 8, 2013|
Annette Funicello was a famous Hollywood actress in the 1950s. She attracted fans with the role of Mouseketeer in The Mickey Mouse Club series. In her teens, she was successful as a pop singer under the name Annette.
Annette Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987. In 1992, she officially announced her MS condition to the media. A year later, she founded the Annette Funicello Research Foundation in Neurological Diseases. Due to complications of the disease, Annette passed away on April 8, 2013.
19. Hal Ketchum
|Birth name||Hal Michael Ketchum|
|Date of birth||April 9, 1953|
|Birthplace||Greenwich, New York, U.S.|
|Died||November 23, 2020|
Hal Ketchum is an American singer and songwriter. He has been best known for his country music since the 1990s. Since 1986, Hal has released eleven studio albums. Among them, his most commercially successful album, Past the Point of Rescue (1991), was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1998, on his 45th birthday, Hal was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis. This neurological disorder is associated with multiple sclerosis, which causes enlargement of the base of the spinal cord. After several months, he could walk, play guitar and perform live, thanks to physical therapy. However, in 2019, he announced his retirement due to being diagnosed with dementia.
20. Alan Osmond
|Birth name||Alan Ralph Osmond|
|Date of birth||June 22, 1949|
|Birthplace||Ogden, Utah, U.S.|
|Occupation||Singer, Musician, Producer|
Alan Osmond is an American musician and singer, best known as one of the members of the family musical band The Osmonds. This band comprises Alan’s four brothers, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay Osmonds. In addition to their singing careers, they also acted in the ABC TV series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963-1964).
Alan Osmond began experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis in 1987 and was diagnosed with MS soon after. However, he is brave in the face of this disease and declares that he is not a victim of MS. In 2006, Alan’s son David Osmonds was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Like his father, he has been very active in MS advocacy activities and is one of the speakers of the National MS Society. David also released the song I Can Do This in a campaign to raise public awareness about MS.
21. Lola Falana
|Birth name||Loletha Elayne Falana|
|Date of birth||September 11, 1942|
|Birthplace||Camden, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actress, Singer, Dancer|
Lola Falana is a New Jersey-born actress, dancer, and singer. She began performing as a dancer in nightclubs from her teenage years to adulthood. In 1975, Falana was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Doctor Jazz.”
Lola Falana was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 45. The disease left her paralyzed on the left side of her body, impaired her hearing and speech, and left her with impaired vision. Falana was forced to cancel all Las Vegas shows and begin treatment for MS. She retired in 1997.
22. Will Cullen Hart
|Birth name||Will Cullen Hart|
|Date of birth||June 14, 1971|
Will Cullen Hart is a musician and a member of the famous band The Olivia Tremor Control. He is also the co-founder of a record label called The Elephant 6 Recording Company. Will is also known as a sound experimenter due to his unique compositions.
In a 2008 interview, Will Cullen Hart revealed that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After learning that he had MS, Will was extremely upset and drank a lot of alcohol. He has also struggled with the pain caused by this MS disease. However, Will continued to play and write more songs.
23. Rachel Miner
|Birth name||Rachel Anne Miner|
|Date of birth||July 29, 1980|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Rachel Miner was an American actress popular in the soap opera Guiding Light (1990–1995). She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. Initial symptoms she experienced included poor coordination, decreased vision, fatigue, decreased cognitive ability, and paralysis. In addition, Rachel also had mobility problems and loss of sensation in her extremities.
Due to the effects of MS, Rachel Miner had to adjust her work properly. Due to her poor balance, she used a wheelchair when going out. However, the actress still did all the dangerous scenes herself while filming.
24. Chrissy Amphlett
|Birth name||Christine Joy Amphlett|
|Date of birth||25 October 1959|
|Birthplace||Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
|Died||21 April 2013|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Actress|
Chrissy Amphlett is an Australian actress and singer. She is a member of the rock band Divinyls. Chrissy is also known as the queen of Australian rock and attracts much attention thanks to her unique performance style and somewhat rebellious personality.
Chrissy Amphlett once revealed to the public that she has multiple sclerosis in the brain and spinal cord. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to her co-morbidity of multiple sclerosis and cancer, she could not receive treatment through radiation or chemotherapy. Chrissy died at the age of 53 in 2013 in Manhattan after a long battle with breast cancer.
25. Jonathan Katz
|Birth name||Jonathan Paul Katz|
|Date of birth||December 1, 1946|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Jonathan Katz is a comedian best known for his role on the sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 thanks to early signs of the disease. Katz hid her illness but later went public because she was tired of keeping it a secret.
Currently, Jonathan Katz has become a speaker and has tours sharing about this MS disease. He often appears on stage with the help of a wheelchair and a cane. Katz has inspired many people with multiple sclerosis to gain confidence and feel like they are being helped.
26. Janice Dean
|Birth name||Janice Dean|
|Date of birth||May 9, 1970|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Host and weather presenter for Fox News|
Janice Dean is a television meteorologist for Fox News and the host of Fox and Friends. She is also known as a longtime Fox weather forecaster by the nickname Janice Dean the Weather Machine. Furthermore, she is also the author of the Freddy the Frogcaster book series.
Janice was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005 and went public about her illness three years later. Janice suffered from exhaustion and paralysis in her feet and thighs, and she also had lesions in her brain and spine on an MRI scan. She has always been vocal and open about her MS and is proud to have bravely faced it.
27. Madlyn Rhue
|Birth name||Madeline Roche|
|Date of birth||October 3, 1935|
|Birthplace||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Died||December 16, 2003|
Madlyn Rhue is an American actress who debuted in 1952 as a dancer. Her stage name was inspired by the famous film 13 Rue Madeleine (1947). Rhue acted in films of the 1950s and 1990s, such as The Ladies Man, A Majority of One, Stand Up and Be Counted (1972), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Kenner (1969), etc.
Madlyn Rhue was once diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This disease has caused no small challenges for her acting career. Not only that but she was also diagnosed with a disease that destroys the myelin sheath around nerves. Madlyn Rhue died in 2003 after a long life with MS and pneumonia.
28. Tamara Dobson
|Birth name||Tamara Janice Dobson|
|Date of birth||May 14, 1947|
|Birthplace||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Died||October 2, 2006|
Tamara Dobson is a famous actress and fashion model who started her career in the 1960s. She became famous for her role as Agent Cleopatra Jones in the series about this character. She appeared in many major fashion shows and was the cover face of many magazines, including Vogue and Essence. Other films starring Tamara include Amazons (1984), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Fuzz (1972), Murder at the World Series (1977), etc.
In 2000, Tamara was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She battled many diseases in the last years of her life. Tamara Dobson died in 2006 from complications from pneumonia, multiple sclerosis, and pneumonia.
29. Raymond Edward Johnson
|Birth name||Raymond Edward Johnson|
|Date of birth||July 24, 1911|
|Died||August 15, 2001|
Raymond Edward Johnson is an actor, presenter, and radio actor best known for his Inner Sanctum Mysteries. He has had lead roles in Mandrake the Magician and Don Winslow of the Navy. During the time radio became popular, Johnson performed on radio shows such as Lights Out, The First Nighter, Stella Dallas, The Guiding Light, Gang Busters, Mr. District Attorney, etc.
Raymond Edward Johnson contracted multiple sclerosis at the age of forty. Due to the effects of the disease, he had to limit his activities for the following years. Despite using a wheelchair, Johnson still regularly performs in recreations and reprising “Raymond.” He passed away not long after celebrating his 90th birthday.
30. Margaret Leighton
|Birth name||Margaret Leighton|
|Date of birth||26 February 1922|
|Birthplace||Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England|
|Died||13 January 1976|
Margaret Leighton is an English actress active in film, television, and theatre. She has won an Academy Award nomination and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in the same category. Famous films with the appearance of Margaret, such as The Winslow Boy, Under Capricorn, The Holly and the Ivy, 7 Women, The Go-Between, etc.
Margaret Leighton was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1971. Due to the symptoms of the disease, she had difficulty shooting her scenes. MS also gave Margaret the onset of other conditions, such as anxiety and Tourette’s syndrome. In the last years of her life, although she had to rely on the help of a wheelchair to get around, she continued to act in films. Margaret died in 1976 in Chichester, United Kingdom.
31. Jim Sweeney
|Birth name||Jim Sweeney|
|Date of birth||8 August 1956|
Jim Sweeney is an English comedian, actor, and writer. He is also known for collaborating with comedian Steve Steen. In the 1970s, Sweeney was active on stage and frequently toured with Steen. He is also the producer of several television programs for the BBC.
Jim Sweeney was also a person diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985. Due to mobility difficulties, he needs the help of a wheelchair and a walking stick. MS has kept Sweeney out of the stage since 2008 but continues to be a member of the Comedy Store Players.
32. Marie Dubois
|Birth name||Claudine Lucie Pauline Huzé|
|Date of birth||12 January, 1937|
|Died||15 October, 2014|
Marie Dubois is an actress from France. With her innocent look, blue eyes, and beautiful smile, she has been chosen to act in films by great directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. Her best-known films are Jules et Jim (1962), Une femme est une femme (1961), Piano Player (1960), Jules et Jim (1962), etc.
While filming for Piano Player, Marie Dubois began showing symptoms of multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS and struggled with it for the rest of her life. Since 2001, Marie has been active in UNICEP, an organization that works to combat the multiple sclerosis she is suffering from. Marie Dubois died in 2014 in Lescar after a long battle with illness.
33. Siedah Garrett
|Birth name||Deborah Christine “Siedah” Garrett|
|Date of birth||June 24, 1960|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Composer|
Siedah Garrett is an American singer and songwriter. She has participated in composing and backing songs for some of the world’s top stars, such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Pointer Sisters, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summer, etc. Siedah has won two Oscars and a Grammy.
At the Race To Erase MS event, Siedah Garrett announced that she is a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis. In fact, she has been diagnosed with this disease since 2011 and has kept it a secret. Siedah then opened up about her condition and how she maintains an active lifestyle as part of her treatment for MS.
34. Mayte Garcia
|Birth name||Mayte Jannell Garcia|
|Date of birth||November 12, 1973|
|Birthplace||Fort Rucker, Alabama, U.S.|
|Occupation||Dancer, Singer, Actress|
Mayte Garcia is an American singer, dancer, and actress. She was once known as the ex-wife of the famous male singer-songwriter Prince. In addition to composing and singing her songs, Garcia has acted in several films and television shows. She has also written and published the book The Most Beautiful: My Life, about her career and relationships during her time with Prince.
Mayte Garcia started showing symptoms of multiple sclerosis in 2010. She suffered from corneal neuritis that caused her to temporarily lose her vision. Contrary to keeping her MS a secret, Garcia is now very open about her condition and making it public for everyone to know. She has been prescribed with many medications to help alleviate MS symptoms such as constant fatigue, headaches, and heat sensitivity.
35. Richard Pryor
|Birth name||Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor|
|Date of birth||December 1, 1940|
|Birthplace||Peoria, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died||December 10, 2005|
|Occupation||Stand-up comedian and actor|
Richard Pryor is a famous African-American actor and comedian. Richard has been one of the highest-paid African-American actors throughout his acting career. He was one of the few African-Americans diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986.
Although MS hindered his artistic career, Richard Pryor continued to bring audiences popular comedies. Even in a wheelchair, he brings laughter to everyone. In 2005, Richard Pryor died of a heart attack. However, he became one of Hollywood’s most famous figures and left his legacy of a massive acting career.
36. Exene Cervenka
|Birth name||Christene Lee Cervenka|
|Date of birth||February 1, 1956|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Singer, Poet, Visual artist|
Exene Cervenka is a singer, poet, and artist best known as a member and co-founder of the punk rock band “X.” As a teenager, she learned about the disease and donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help MS patients.
In 2009, Exene Cervenka shared with fans that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This disease has affected her health for quite a long time. Despite this, Exene continues to tour and release quality studio albums. She tries to be positive in the face of illness. Exene is also one of the artists who actively donate to the Sweet Relief fund founded by singer Victoria Williams.
37. Captain Beefheart
|Birth name||Don Glen Vliet|
|Date of birth||January 15, 1941|
|Birthplace||Glendale, California, U.S.|
|Died||December 17, 2010|
|Occupation||Singer-songwriter, Musician, Painter, Poet, Composer, Author, Record producer, Film director|
Captain Beefheart is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and visual artist. He is the conductor of The Magic Band. Beefheart’s music is a rich mix of blues, free jazz, and rock genres. His music influenced many later rock and punk musicians.
In the early 90s, Captain Beefheart was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He had to use a wheelchair to get around. After becoming weakened by MS and tired of the music industry, Beefheart retired and became an artist. Since then, he has rarely appeared publicly and spent most of his life painting.
38. Ann Romney
|Birth name||Ann Lois Romney|
|Date of birth||April 16, 1949|
|Birthplace||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Occupation||Author, Philanthropist, MS Activist, Wife of U.S. Senator Mitt Romney|
Ann Romney is an American author, philanthropist, and activist. She is the wife of Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and became the first lady of Massachusetts when her husband was governor from 2003 to 2007. Ann Romney followed Mitt Romney closely during the campaign when he became one of the US presidential candidates. Therefore, she has a significant influence on the image of her husband.
Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 after experiencing severe numbness, fatigue, and other symptoms. She openly discussed her struggle with the disease and became an MS activist. Fortunately, Ann Romney discovered her passion for horseback riding as an important therapy for treating MS. She also shared that breasts have been her companions throughout treatment and recovery.
39. Victoria Williams
|Birth name||Victoria Williams|
|Date of birth||December 23, 1958|
|Birthplace||Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.|
Victoria Williams is a famous American singer, songwriter, and musician from Louisiana, United States. She is an influential musician with a wide variety of music genres and artistic styles. Many famous legends have praised Victoria such as Lou Reed, Neil Young, and Lucinda Williams,…
Victoria Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 1990s. She received help from many people to help her battle MS. Victoria established the Sweet Relief Foundation to raise funds and raise money to help other multiple sclerosis patients.
40. Michaele Salahi
|Birth name||Michaele Ann Holt|
|Date of birth||October 1, 1965|
Michaele Salahi is an American model and television personality. She is most famous as one of the participants in the reality television show The Real Housewives of D.C.
In her book about herself, released in 2010, Michael Salahi revealed that she has multiple sclerosis. She kept her MS a secret from the public for seventeen years. Due to her declining health due to MS, she decided not to have children. In addition, Michael also has to deal with an eating disorder while being treated for multiple sclerosis.
41. Richard Cohen
|Birth name||Richard Merrill Cohen|
|Date of birth||February 14, 1948|
|Birthplace||Plainview, New York, United States|
|Occupation||Journalist, Television producer, Author|
Richard Cohen is an American author, journalist, and television producer. He has worked for CBS News and CNN and is a three-time Emmy Award winner. Richard is married to his NBC News colleague Meredith Vieira and has three children. One of his children also became a reporter and worked for KOMO-TV.
Richard Cohen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 25. Richard’s health problems caused by MS interfered with his daily life. In addition, he faces colon cancer and is legally blind. Richard Cohen published his autobiography Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir in 2004.
42. Donna Fargo
|Birth name||Yvonne Vaughn|
|Date of birth||November 10, 1945|
|Occupation||Musician, Songwriter, Author|
Donna Fargo is an American country singer and songwriter. She is known for her 1970s Top 10 Country Hits, such as The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA and Funny Face. Since her debut, Donna has won major accolades, including a Grammy, five Academy of Country Music Awards, and a Country Music Association award.
Donna Fargo has struggled with strange symptoms such as severe back pain and calf muscle spasms. She was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1978. Rest was the only therapy to relieve MS at that time, but Donna continued to write music and perform. Donna is still active in the music industry despite her advanced age.
43. Masta Ace
|Birth name||Duval Clear|
|Date of birth||December 4, 1966|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Occupation||Rapper, Songwriter, Record producer, Record executive|
Masta Ace is an American rapper and record producer. He is noted for his distinctive voice and charismatic rapping ability. The rapper also appeared in the 1988 classic musical The Symphony.
Masta Ace was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. At first, he kept his illness a secret from anyone other than his wife and a few close friends. In 2013, Masta Ace went public about her MS diagnosis for the first time after living with it. Masta Ace did this because he didn’t want anyone to treat him differently just because he had MS. Thanks to the help from his wife, Masta Ace continued his work and overcame the disease with optimism.
44. Jeff Beal
|Birth name||Jeff Beal|
|Date of birth||June 20, 1963|
Jeff Beal is a composer for movies, TV shows, and concerts hall. The genre of music that he is highly appreciated for when composing is Jazz. Jeff is also a versatile composer who combines many musical elements when composing his works.
Jeff Beal revealed he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. However, he still works hard with a hectic schedule. To focus on making music, Jeff turned to therapies to help stabilize MS symptoms. Currently, he is treating multiple sclerosis with venipuncture.
45. Serdar Ortaç
|Birth name||Serdar Ortaç|
|Date of birth||16 February, 1970|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Musician, Record producer|
Serdar Ortaç is a Turkish musician, singer, and composer. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after being married a few weeks to model Chloe Loughnan. Serdar announced his MS to the public by posting several pictures of him being treated for MS in the hospital on Twitter.
Fortunately, Serdar Ortaç was well taken care of by the doctors. He also received the support and encouragement of his newlywed wife. Chloe Loughnan thanked fans for supporting her husband and shared that she will always be by Serdar’s side as he battles MS.
46. Clive Burr
|Birth name||Clive Ronald Burr|
|Date of birth||8 March, 1957|
|Birthplace||East Ham, London, England|
|Died||12 March, 2013|
Clive Burr was an English drummer who was a member of the band Iron Maiden (1979-1982). He is a great drummer who has made many valuable contributions to Iron Maiden since the band was formed. Clive was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s. His partner Mimi also suffered from the disease.
The treatment of multiple sclerosis has caused Clive Burr many difficulties. Iron Maiden organized a series of charity concerts to establish the Clive Burr MS Trust. Clive Burr is also the patron of a charity called Clive Aid. This is an organization created to raise awareness and fund multiple sclerosis and cancer treatment programs around the world. The organization is maintained through the organization of rock events featuring appearances by Clive Burr.
47. Trevor Bayne
|Birth name||Trevor Mitchell Bayne|
|Date of birth||February 19, 1991|
If you love car racing, you can’t help but know Trevor Bayne. He was the youngest person ever to win the Daytona 500 at just 20 years old. Trevor has won numerous awards in tournaments throughout his professional racing career.
Trevor Bayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013 after experiencing several health problems. Initially, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease due to symptoms of blurred vision, nausea, and numbness. But just weeks after winning the Iowa Speedway, doctors concluded Trevor had MS. In addition to treating MS, he continues to compete in racing and will return to the season in 2023.
48. John Hicklenton
|Birth name||John Hicklenton|
|Date of birth||8 May, 1967|
|Birthplace||Guildford, Surrey, England|
|Died||19 March, 2010|
If you love comic books, you can’t help but mention the famous comic artist John Hicklenton. His world-famous works include Nemesis the Warlock, Tharg’s Future Shocks, Third World War, Judge Dredd, etc.
John Hicklenton was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. He recorded a documentary about his process of living with the disease produced by Animal Monday. It took John more than five years to make the film and chronicle his bravery in the face of his illness while fighting MS. This film premiered at the Science Museum in 2008 and won two Grierson Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Arts Documentary.
49. Michael Kamen
|Birth name||Michael Arnold Kamen|
|Date of birth||April 15, 1948|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Died||November 18, 2003|
|Occupation||Composer, Songwriter, Orchestral arranger, Orchestral conductor, Session musician|
Michael Kamen is an American musician, conductor, and film scores composer. He is considered one of Hollywood’s most accomplished composers. Michael has written music for films such as the Lethal Weapon series, Die Hard, X-Men (2000), Band of Brothers, Frequency (2000), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and many more.
In 1996, Michael Kamen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but it was not until 1997 that he went public about his illness. He died of a heart attack in November 2003 in London, England. He left behind a massive legacy that includes many of the musical works he composed during his lifetime.
50. Aaron Solowoniuk
|Birth name||Aaron Solowoniuk|
|Date of birth||November 21, 1974|
|Birthplace||Streetsville, Ontario, Canada|
Aaron Solowoniuk is a Canadian drummer and one of the members of the band Billy Talent. In March 2006, Aaron shared with the public that he has multiple sclerosis through a letter written to fans of the band. Before that, he kept his illness a secret to avoid injury.
Billy Talent’s This Is How It Goes is the song Billy Talent wrote about Aaron’s battle with MS. He also advocates finding a cure for multiple sclerosis by giving charity concerts to raise money for the MS Society. One of Aaron’s concerts is called F.U.M.S, performed by Billy Talent, Moneen, and Alexisonfire at the Opera House in Toronto. All proceeds from this concert are donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.