Famous People Are Human
Famous people are human after all. I know that we put the famous
on pedestals and see them as celebrities, stars, notables and
what not. But the truth is that famous people are human beings
that are as vulnerable, frail, delicate and yet as resilient and
with as much fortitude as the rest of us.
Because the famous have more media exposure than the rest of
us, we do learn from them and relate to them. Television, radio,
print, the Internet and other media help to broadcast the lives
of notables at a rapid rate not known before in history.
This is why when a celebrity hits a bump in the road personally
or professionally we all hear about it. Gossip, which used to
be just around the water coolers, is accelerated at such a rapid
rate now days via social media.
Not Superheroes ...
But, as human beings, celebrities are subject to the same diseases
and conditions as everyone else. Famous people are not superheroes
Conditions and diseases such as cancer, drug and alcohol addiction,
ADHD, mental illness and many other disorders affect the famous
who may or may not want to keep their privacy about these matters.
Even if the celebs and other notables of the world do wish to
keep their health and welfare matters private there are always
the prying eyes of the paparazzi to deal with or jealous friends
or foes who want to watch them fall.
Now the purpose of this website is to do two things. First, I
will attempt to humanize famous people so that they are not on
such a pedestal that we cannot relate to them. Second and foremost,
I will attempt to help you feel not so alone if you happen to
have one of these same conditions and diseases.
Sometimes it is hard to talk about one's health problems with
friends or family or even with one's doctor. For some intangible
reason, many people feel comforted that a particular celebrity
or other famous notable is struggling with the same health issue
that they are.
Role Models ...
Famous people are seen as role models, right or wrong for health
issues among other things. When Betty Ford came out to talk about
alcohol addiction people applauded her courage and felt empowered
to come out themselves about similar issues.
Famous persons like Cheryl Crow
dealing with breast cancer or Lance Armstrong fighting testicular
cancer have given hope to thousands who have the same personal
issues plus their friends and families.
It is this hope and inspiration that will help many in fighting
their diseases and health conditions plus accepting the realities
as well. As human beings we don't all fight and win our health
battles. Many of us succumb early and many later. What is sure
about life is that we don't get out alive.
But what is also sure is that with a little help along the way
we don't have to feel alone in our struggles. The famous often
feel reciprocal hope and inspiration with those they have helped.
Celebrities will receive encouraging and inspirational phone calls,
emails, Tweets and letters which also give them hope.
The more mutual interaction there is, the more open we can be
about our health concerns. It was once said that we are only as
sick as our secrets. Famous people can help us to open up and
vice versa as well for the benefit of all who struggle with human
Updated December 12, 2014