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16 Celebs Who Got Real About Their Health In 2016

"You'd think after all these years, somebody would be settled with something like this, but it's still hard to accept."

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1. Lady Gaga took to Instagram to open up about living with chronic pain.

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She wrote: "Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors." She also shared some of her favorite personal remedies, including infrared saunas and ice baths.

2. Selena Gomez shared the mental health side effects of living with lupus in a statement provided to BuzzFeed.

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She also announced she was taking time off to look after herself and deal with the chronic inflammatory disease, which occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.

"Thank you to all my fans for your support," the announcement read. "You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."

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3. Colbie Smulders opened up in an essay for Lenny about how posing topless for Women's Health helped her embrace her body after ovarian cancer.

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“It all made me start thinking about this body that I’m in. And what it has been through," she wrote. "And suddenly this bizarre invitation became an opportunity to share some insight from my experience of being diagnosed with, receiving treatment for, and eventually learning to cure my cancer.”

4. Nick Jonas talked about living with type 1 diabetes and recalled his diagnosis 10 years ago on DiabeticLifestyle.com.

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He also gave advice to anyone who's hesitant to wear a pump: "I always say that I think you’ll immediately see a difference in your numbers and knowing that you will feel better. The appearance side is a more overwhelming thought than a reality."

5. Halsey tweeted about what it's like living with endometriosis.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, endometriosis is a chronic disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it, causing severe pain, especially during menstruation. It can also cause diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, fatigue, and pain during sex.

6. Gina Rodriguez talked about living with Hashimoto's disease in Health.

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First diagnosed with hypothyroidism, characterized by a thyroid gland that doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones, Rodriguez was later diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland.

She added, "But it actually became a blessing because then I got to represent not only women and Latinas but also women who are dealing with this disease. I'm gluten-free, which is the most difficult thing in the world because, like Oprah, I love bread!"

7. Hugh Jackman reminded his followers to wear sunscreen on Instagram, where he posted a post-op selfie after being treated for skin cancer on his nose.

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8. Jamie-Lynn Sigler revealed to People that she's been living with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 15 years.

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MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.

“I can’t walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me,” the ex-Sopranos actress said. “Stairs? I can do them but they’re not the easiest. When I walk, I have to think about every single step, which is annoying and frustrating.”

9. Daisy Ridley recalled how she was diagnosed with endometriosis and eventually polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) on Instagram.

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In a now-deleted Instagram post (she has since quit social media), the Star Wars: The Force Awakens star discussed the long road it took her to get diagnosed with PCOS. You can read the whole post here.

She also gave some advice: "My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don't worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours are working in tip top condition, and take help if it's needed."

10. Shannen Doherty discussed her experience with breast cancer, which she first revealed to People last year.

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"The unknown is always the scariest part," the actress told Entertainment Tonight. "Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work? You know, am I going to have to go through this again, or am I going to get secondary cancer? Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable. You know living without a breast is manageable. It's the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love."

11. Gigi Hadid opened up to Elle about her thyroid disorder.

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"My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year," she said. "I have Hashimoto's disease. It's a thyroid disease, and it's now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the [Victoria's Secret] show I didn't want to lose any more weight, I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that's good."

12. Rob Kardashian opened up to People about being hospitalized for his type 2 diabetes last year.

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“It was a big-time scare. I had found out I had type 2 diabetes six months before, but I stopped taking my insulin. I didn’t enjoy the routine," he said. "So I ended up nonstop throwing up and I couldn’t even swallow because my mouth was so dry. I felt like I was going to die."

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13. Nick Cannon opened up to HuffPost Live about living with lupus.

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He went on: "That's how I felt, and that's how my family and friends felt as well... But you realize it's something that you can live with and actually overcome with the proper research and with the proper support system."

14. Lena Dunham opened up about her endometriosis on Instagram when she announced that she wouldn't be making press appearances for the new season of Girls so she could get some much-needed rest.

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