NEED a push to make your health a priority? Take inspiration from these celebs who’ve spoken out about their mental and physical wellbeing.
The Bachelorette star was just 22 when he had a heart attack in 2015.
“I went through a period where I was crazy stressed, so I ended up weighing 150kg and went through a bit of a depression, then I had a heart attack,” he says, adding that the scare and his subsequent health overhaul were the best things to have happened to him.
The Bachelor host revealed in 2017 that he wears hearing aids as a result of tinnitus, and says: “I know what it’s like to be in a room full of people but still feel alone because you can’t hear what they’re saying.”
BARRY DU BOIS
Cancer of the plasma cells
Du Bois’ cancer returned in 2017, six years after he first battled it. The Living Room co-host shared the news with viewers, and went on to write a book about it called Life Force, with colleague Miguel Maestre.
“We thought if we could take readers with us on my journey, it might give others inspiration,” he says.
“There were lots of tears. But there was also belief.
If everyone tells you that you can do it, you probably can.”
He underwent intense chemo and returned to our TV screens in March
Campbell wasn’t an alcoholic when he made the decision to stop drinking, but he was well aware that he could beinfoe one.
“There’s addiction on both sides of my family and I was standing at the doorway of a very dark room,” the Today Extra host wrote in 2015.
“I don’t want my kids to grow up to think drinking is wrong, but I sure as hell don’t want them to grow up thinking that getting drunk is expected of them. I changed my habits so that they have an example of someone who doesn’t drink.
“In doing so, I hope I’ve stopped the cycle of alcoholism in my family.”
The Australian Idol winner made a documentary that revealed he’d had his stomach removed last year, after discovering he’d inherited a rare cancer gene.
“If I hadn’t done the operation, I would for sure be dead by now.”
The Gold Logie winner revealed his struggle with pain medicine addiction after a car crash in 2008.
“I wasn’t well mentally, I was on pain medication for a long time and I probably wasn’t aware of the effects,” he says.
“I didn’t have the education to deal with it.
“I was caught in that whirlwind of emotions that meant I was at my lowest … I didn’t really give a s*!# whether I lived or died. I reckon if I didn’t have my daughter at that particular point, I might not be here.”
Denyer wants others to know about the “traps” that infoe with medications and that it’s “a hard cycle to get out of”.
In the years leading up to and following his gold medal-winning dive at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Mitcham suffered “profound depression” that led to self-harming, binge drinking and drug abuse, but he initially kept it to himself, not seeking help due to the shame he felt.
“Even if you have the world at your feet, you can still suffer. I had no reason to feel the way I did and that infopounded the depression”, he says, adding that for anyone going through the same things, the best path is to share your story.
“Reaching out should be a first resort and not a last resort.”
Studio 10 star Coleman said his life flashed before his eyes when he got his cancer diagnosis in 2017.
“I had a cold chill and then I suddenly snapped out of it and said, ‘right, what do we do, what do I need to do?’” he says.
“I did the whole chemo thing while doing Studio 10 every day and doing my radio show every night. I just decided I wanted to … continue as normal. My feeling about cancer is take it seriously, but don’t freak out. Have the tests and enjoy life.”
LANCE ‘BUDDY’ FRANKLIN
Before taking leave from AFL in 2015 to concentrate on his mental health, Franklin said he felt inhibited seeking help: “I was really struggling and I put my hand up and said I needed help. I’m so glad I did it.”
The Sydney Swans star says he tends to “struggle infomunicating,” and adds that his time away was “about building those relationships and being able to infomunicate a little bit better”.