Nick Cannon Reveals That He Has A Lupus-Like Autoimmune Disease

"I thought I was getting better"

Earlier today we saw fantastic photos of the fabulous-looking Mariah Carey live in concert in NYC last night for the first time since she gave birth to her twin babies last year. As you may recall, hubby Nick Cannon was right there by Mimi‘s side last night lending his support. But right now, we learn that she, too, has been lending support to Nick … because it turns out that Nick‘s recent illness has been diagnosed. Click below to read the deets about Nick‘s struggle with a scary lupus-like autoimmune disease.

Nick Cannon is opening up about his ongoing health problems that came to light after he was hospitalized for kidney failure in January and then hospitalized again, weeks later, with blood clots in his lungs. “The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because … I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” he told PEOPLE at New York’s Teqa Restaurant and Tequila Bar, where he was deejaying an event Wednesday night. “I thought I was getting better,” said Cannon, 31, “and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere.” Cannon, who stepped down from his New York-based radio show in February to continue his recovery, said doctors have told him his kidney condition is “something I’m going to be living with all my life.” “I’m just trying to make sure I put my health first,” he told PEOPLE, adding that he tries to get six hours of sleep a night and has been taking it easy at home. 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].”

Wow. All of this is so … scary. Nick Cannon is a young man, it’s crazy to think that an illness like this can come out of nowhere and strike. He is very fortunate that doctor’s managed to figure out what is wrong with him because untreated, who knows how things might’ve turned out. He sounds very positive about his prognosis … and I wish him and his family all the best. Nick Cannon seems to me to be a really decent man. I’m very much looking forward to the day when he can reveal to us that he is fully recovered and completely healthy again.

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  1. Leah

    I have an autoimmune disorder myself which was diagnosed around age 24 and it was scary as hell. To be diagnosed with a non-fatal but chronic disease that you know will never go away, especially when you’re young & healthy (so you thought) is hard to understand. He is lucky to have good medical care because these things can be very difficult to diagnose but many times, the symptoms can be managed and you can live a fairly normal life, albeit perhaps with minor adjustments.

    • perdiz

      I found out I have one as well when I was 18. Mine mainly effects what I can eat so it has taken a while to find out everything. Mine has gotten easier though so I hope Nick’s does as well.

  2. Leah

    Oh and forgot to say – I know mine is considered genetic but not hereditary so same to assume that is what he means his is as well.

  3. Leah

    Oh and forgot to say – I know mine is considered genetic but not hereditary so safe to assume that is what he means his is as well.

  4. kel

    I totally agree that he seems decent. I have read various times where he has a great outlook on things…he had the nicest quote after Whitney passed which was “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”, and I’m not particularly religious, but I thought that was a nice way of thinking about it.

  5. rOXy

    My best wishes for Nick and the people who love him. Auto immune conditions just suck. Some are degenerative, while others can be managed so you can live a fairly normal life. That is if normal means having to stay on top of your condition at all times. You must learn the triggers that can cause a flare up so you can avoid those. A lot of time stress, even the good kind, is enough to destablize and cause havoc to your system. Sounds like he is doing one of the best things he can for himself and this is to accept that you have a condition that requires constant monitoring and management. Support from loved ones also goes a long way, and it goes without saying he is wealthy in that area.

  6. Ria

    :(

    Best wishes to him.

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