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Health & Wellness


He died from Sarcoidosis, a mysterious and sometimes devastating immune system disorder that causes cells to cluster and can damage organs throughout the body. It’s an ffliction that hits adults younger than 40 and disproportionately affects African-Americans, especially women. Sometimes the illness is mild and goes into remission, but sometimes it is severe and unremitting, causing progressive damage to multiple organs. Often misdiagnosed, sarcoidosis remains a little known disorder, even in the medical community.

In the mid-1990's, model and former MTV VJ Karen Duffy, aka Duff, was one of Hollywood's rising stars.


Karen Duffy: "[Sarcoidosis] is not a gift that I would have picked out for myself. But now that I have it ... it's made me braver."

Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, best known for her role on the ’90s comedy Martin and parts in urban cinema classics like House Party and School Daze, has been quietly fighting for her health in a number of area. One, Tisha  is still battling a health crisis after being diagnosed with Stage 2 sarcoidosis three years ago.
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