9 celebs whose kids suffer from chronic conditions [Photo Gallery]

Their offspring may have health issues, but these personalities are determined to ensure that they lead a fulfilling life!

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06 Apr 2018

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All mothers and fathers are familiar with this parenting truth — raising a child is a uniquely rewarding experience, but this job has its fair share of challenges.

 

For parents who have kids dealing with lifelong health conditions, the obstacles may seem even more overwhelming.

 

Giving junior tender loving care aside, they will have to ensure that the family’s finances are sufficient, lest they’ll have to overcome even more hurdles. This constant worry can take a toll on any parent —celebrity or not.

 

Though fraught, these well-known personalities draw strength, confidence and inspiration from their children’s pluck in overcoming challenges, so as to keep fighting the good fight!

 

Scroll through our photo gallery to read their stories!

Victoria Beckham, 43
Victoria Beckham, 43
06 Apr 2018

Victoria Beckham, 43

Following a string of hospital visits in late 2005, the former Spice Girl told the press that the couple’s second child, Romeo — now aged 15 — has epilepsy. Now a fashion powerhouse, Victoria said that despite receiving drugs to treat her son’s condition, any flash photography by the paparazzi can cause a seizure. She once yelled at a photographer, “Leave [Romeo] alone. He's got epilepsy. All that flashing will start an epileptic fit. You can’t do that!” Subsequently, the owner of the photo agency responsible for pictures vowed that he would authorise his photographers to snap photos of Romeo with the flash. Victoria, married to world-renowned football player, David Beckham, have three other kids — Harper Seven, 7, Cruz, 13, and Brooklyn, 19. (Photo: Instagram/Romeo Beckham)

Joe Augustin, 48
Joe Augustin, 48
06 Apr 2018

Joe Augustin, 48

While many boys his age were looking forward to starting Primary school, the son of local DJ Joe Augustin, Jordan, now 19, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). It was just before he was to start school in 2006. Joe’s wife, Adele, 43, tells TODAY Online, “We were initially devastated by the diagnosis because everything we read on the Internet about the condition was so damning.” The untreatable condition is a progressive, genetic disease which causes the person’s muscles to weaken over time. DMD is estimated to affect about one in 3,000 boys and by the age of 12, sufferers will often require the use of a wheelchair to get around. The former Gold 905 DJ has noticed Jordan’s muscle strength deteriorating gradually over the years — requiring assistance to shower, use the toilet and even when getting in and out of the family car. Patients are also known to die from complications. In the face of these difficult changes, the Augustins — Joe, Adele and their three daughters aged 11, 16 and 21 — remain upbeat. Joe shares, “We don’t talk about DMD being a fatal condition and Jordan doesn’t consider it something he is going to die from. For us, a diagnosis is not the end. It is simply a start of another journey.” (Photo: TODAY Online)

Usher Raymond IV, 39
Usher Raymond IV, 39
06 Apr 2018

Usher Raymond IV, 39

This doting dad missed his appearance at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert last June because he was dropping his tween son, Usher V, off at his summer camp. Camp Kudzu is no ordinary summer camp — it’s for kids suffering from Type-1 Diabetes. Unlike Type-2 or obesity-related Diabetes, Type-1 is a chronic disease where the patient’s body does not produce the insulin needed to break down sugar from food. In the singer’s Instagram post explaining his decision to pull out, Usher referred to his son’s first day at summer camp as an important day for the father-son duo. In fact, this isn’t the first time this proud dad has spoken out about how Usher V — now aged 10 — has inspired him in many ways. The “My Boo” singer told People magazine, “A child that every day has to prick himself and has to be cautious of what he eats and also to carry this disorder around — that really is the type of bravery that we all aspire to have.” Usher, now married to Grace Miguel, also has another son — Naviyd Raymond, 9 — from his first marriage to Tameka Foster. (Photo: Instagram/Usher)

Chrissy Teigen, 32
Chrissy Teigen, 32
06 Apr 2018

Chrissy Teigen, 32

In December 2016, Chrissy posted a clip of Luna waving hello to her dad, John Legend, on Instagram. And like most of her other social media posts, it didn’t take long for this post to go viral ― but not for the reasons you might expect. This time, Chrissy added a disclaimer to pre-empt her followers about the rosy red spots on her 2-year-old daughter, Luna’s cheeks. The sassy mama wrote, “Yes she has rosy eczema cheeks, Yes, we are taking care of it, no it’s not a gluten allergy, no it’s not our makeup, no it’s not from our perfume, yes, she's just a baby.” Her mummy followers also turned up in full force to offer their support. Most users pointed out how exhausting it must be for Chrissy to constantly explain herself in order to shut people up. One user wrote, “Can't believe with this society, [Chrissy] would have to explain why her daughter’s cheeks look the way they are.” And here’s another we like: “Your daughter is gorgeous and you guys are amazing parents, don’t explain yourself to anyone.”, if you’re like Chrissy and have a kid who’s battling eczema, you can try eczema and shower creams, as well as natural remedies to relieve the itch. Chrissy and John are expecting their second child — a son — in June. (Photo: Instagram/Chrissy Teigen)

Anna Faris, 41
Anna Faris, 41
06 Apr 2018

Anna Faris, 41

It’s often said that your child is the best accessory. This is no exception for the Mom star, who loves being seen with her little guy — Jack, whom she shares with ex-husband actor Chris Pratt, 38. Jack was a preemie, as Anna delivered two-and-a-half months before his due date and weighed just over 1kg. The doctors even advised Anna and Chris to brace themselves for the possibility of raising a special needs child. She wrote in her book, Unqualified, “The paediatric neurosurgeon sat Chris and me down to tell us that Jack had some severe brain bleeding and there was a chance that he could be developmentally disabled.” But after a month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and undergoing hernia surgery, things started looking up for their bundle. Today, 5-year-old Jack has no developmental problems, aside from having some leg and vision issues. (Photo: Instagram/Anna Faris & Chris Pratt)

Greg Grunberg, 51
Greg Grunberg, 51
06 Apr 2018

Greg Grunberg, 51

The Heroes star knew that something was amiss when his then 7-year-old son, Jake, displayed signs of an absence seizure. This occurs when a person appears to stare blankly into space for less than 15 seconds at a time. Greg tells Everyday Health, “We thought he was daydreaming or ignoring us, because there was no movement with his head at all. He would just daze out.” Greg — who’s married to Elizabeth Grunberg, 50 — had to imitate his son’s staring spells for their paediatrician, who told them their son may be suffering from epilepsy — a neurological disorder, with no known cure, which can trigger spontaneous seizures. Then at age 12, Jake underwent life-changing brain surgery when doctors the spot in his brain responsible for his seizures. “Immediately after the surgery, Jake was 90 percent better. We were very, very lucky; not everyone is a candidate for surgery.” Ever since Jake’s diagnosis — he’s now aged 22 — Greg has launched TalkAboutIt.org, an online forum devoted to epilepsy awareness and education in 2009. Although epilepsy is one of the oldest known medical conditions, it is one of the lesser understood one. So, Greg hopes the online forum will go toward educating the public about the chronic condition. He tells the Epilepsy Foundation: “Once people know about epilepsy and are comfortable talking about it, the world can start to change for people with seizures. Acceptance and understanding replaces ignorance and fear.” Greg and Elizabeth share two other sons —Sam, 15, and Ben, 19. (Photo: The Life Of Dad Show)

Jimmy Kimmel, 50 
Jimmy Kimmel, 50 
06 Apr 2018

Jimmy Kimmel, 50 

Imagine having to let your newborn undergo open-heart surgery mere days after delivery. It’s a nightmare no parent would or should have to go through, but the late night talk show host did. Jimmy’s smiley 13-month-old son, affectionately known as “Billy” was diagnosed to have a congenital heart defect, called the tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. It occurs when a valve in a newborn’s heart is blocked and there are holes in the walls between the left and right sides. The surgery was the first of many for Billy who underwent another two surgeries when he was 3 and 6 months old. He’s expected to undergo another procedure in his teens. Jimmy and his writer-producer wife, Molly McNearney, 39, share a daughter, Jane 3. Jimmy also has two grown children — Kevin 24, and Katie, 26 — from a previous marriage. (Photo: Instagram/Jimmy Kimmel)

Jaime King, 38
Jaime King, 38
06 Apr 2018

Jaime King, 38

The Sin City star endured five miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy and overcome struggles with endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome to have her two sons. Even after overcoming these obstacles, Jaime revealed that her second child, Leo Thames, now 2, had to undergo major open-heart surgery to correct a rare defect — called transposition of the great arteries (TGA) — when he was just 4 months old. This heart condition occurs when the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed causing oxygen-poor blood to be pumped constantly throughout his body, a potentially fatal situation. Jaime revealed on social media that Leo’s surgery was a “terrifying and traumatic” experience which caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. The actress recalls being wheeled into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to feed her baby boy every three hours or so. Jaime tells People magazine, “Leo had to be a certain weight to survive the open-heart surgery. It was a terrifying experience. But thank God for the medicine that we have now.” Despite the successful procedure, Leo is still at risk of heart problems in the future. Issues such as leaky valves and irregular heart rhythm may develop. Married to screenwriter-director Kyle Newman, the couple also have an older son, James, 4. (Photos: Instagram/Jaime King)

Colin Farrell, 41
Colin Farrell, 41
06 Apr 2018

Colin Farrell, 41

The pressures of caring for a child with developmental delays can have devastating effects on any parent. It’s why this Irish actor has become such a vocal advocate of community support for caregivers of children with Angelman Syndrome. Colin’s son, James, 14, suffers from this rare neuro-genetic disorder. The syndrome is often misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy because the symptoms are similar. Patients often show signs of developmental delays, lack of speech, seizures and impaired balance. Colin told the Daily Mail in 2012 that James’s condition has allowed him and his former love interest and model, Kim Bordenave, to find joy in their little one’s mini-victories, crossing off one milestone at a time. James spoke his first words at age 6 or 7 and took his first steps only when he was 4. In his interview with InStyle magazine in December 2012, Colin stated, “He has enriched my life, but I don't want to minimise the trials that so many families go through; the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain.” Colin also has another son, Henry, 3, with his former Polish squeeze, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, 34. (Photo: Daily Mail)

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