20 Celebrities With Chronic Illnesses – Living Proof That You Can Live A Happy Life

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8. TOM HANKS

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an actor, producer, writer, and director who is best known for his roles in Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, and Captain Phillips.

Hanks won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Philadelphia and he is is living proof that even our heroes are not susceptible to humanness.

Living with diabetes since the age of 36, Tom’s diabetes label recently changed to Type 2.

Tom had to both lose and gain weight in order to play some of the characters in his movies, saying: “My doctor said ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school you will essentially be completely healthy and will not have Type 2 diabetes’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes cause there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.’”

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