Learn about multiple sclerosis and the stars who suffer from it
CNN’s John King shares multiple sclerosis diagnosis on air during vaccine discussion
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When celebrities open up about their struggles with various medical conditions, it has an incredible impact. For instance, many people didn’t really know about Parkinson’s disease until Michael J. Fox started speaking about his diagnosis. When a star uses their platform to share information about an illness, it goes a long way to raising the public’s awareness, as well as making those who suffer from the same condition feel less alone.
CNN's John King recently got candid during a segment of 'Inside Politics' on October 19 discussing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, in which he revealed he has multiple sclerosis. "I'm going to share a secret I have never spoken before. I am immunocompromised," King admitted. "I have multiple sclerosis. So I am grateful you are all vaccinated. I am grateful my employer says all of these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here in the last 18 months when we are doing this, are vaccinated now that we have vaccines."
He empathized with the knee-jerk reaction of mandates and said, "I don't like the government telling me what to do. I don't like my boss telling me what to do," but clarified, "In this case, it's important."
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a relatively common neurological disease that affects many young people around the world. Several celebrities have disclosed their MS diagnoses and shared how it affects their lives. Click through this gallery to learn more about the condition, and the famous figures who live with it.