Toni Braxton has broken her silence about her personal battle with lupus, an auto-immune disease that causes the immune system to “attack blood cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.”
The Braxton Family Values star stopped by the Dr. Oz show to open up about her health battle with the illness and share why she’s decided to speak on it:
I decided to come forward because I got tired of pretending. I got tired of hiding it. It was challenging masking it all the time, pretending that I feel great and I was actually feeling horrible. I was also told, ‘Never tell anyone you have lupus. You’ll never work.’ [...] You’ll never work. You’ll never get insurance. You’ll never be able to do anything.
What was even more surprising was her announcement to leave the music industry and focus on her health instead:
I’ve decided to retire. I’ve decided to retire from singing. You know for years, umm my career was my boss. It would dictate whatever I would do. Okay I would ask it, ‘What are we going to do today? Are we going to work this year or not?’ But now I have to listen to my body. My body is my boss now.
After suffering 2 heart attack scares, a misdiagnosis and being told that she would possibly need a heart transplant, the mother of two admitted that she was happy to finally hear that she had lupus. But Toni revealed that after doing research, she realized that her illness wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. Check out her interview in the link below.
INTERESTING FACT: It takes 5 years to properly diagnose lupus. According to The Lupus Foundation of America, it is estimated that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus. To learn more about this rare disease, visit: Lupus.org.