Celebrities with Crohn's and Colitis
Celebrities are just like you... they even have Crohn’s and Colitis!
When Pete Davidson was 17 years old, the “Saturday Night Live” actor was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Low weight and energy levels contributed to physical looks of exhaustion that he was scrutinized for. Davidson found it difficult to eat and enlisted the help of marijuana so he is able to eat and perform.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. In 1956, President Eisenhower’s Crohn’s symptoms created a blockage and part of his bowel was removed. Eisenhower persevered and ended up serving two terms in office before he passed away in 1969.
Actress Amy Brenneman has balanced her family, career, and Ulcerative Colitis for years. After undergoing a few surgeries and taking a step back from pushing herself so hard she enjoys a work life balance. Brenneman makes exercise and nutrition a priority for managing her UC.
Imagine Dragons’ Frontman, Dan Reynolds, lives with Ulcerative Colitis. The lead vocalist announced that he was diagnosed with UC at the age of 21, as well as suffering with anxiety and depression. An anti-inflammatory diet and increase in exercise have helped him manage his career and UC. Reynolds balances his health, family life, and career by taking time for self-care.
John F. Kennedy
Although it was kept a secret during his presidency, JFK suffered with diarrhea and other abdominal issues leading doctors to believe he had IBD. The medical records show that he most likely had Ulcerative Colitis that was diagnosed in childhood.
The lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, Mike McCready, has battled his IBD since he was 21 years old. Life on tour buses, flares on stage, and eating out on the road are all things that he had to overcome. Over the years, McCready has been open about his disease and even become and IBD activist working with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Kathleen Baker was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 12 and battled to reach her goal of swimming in the Olympics. With the help of her doctors she pushed through nausea, fatigue, weight loss, and abdominal pain to get her condition under control. Baker has overcome many obstacles on her inspiring journey to becoming a gold medalist at the Olympics!