By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine
2010 was packed with celebrity health news -- from Lady Gaga's lupus scare to Giuliana Rancic's public struggle with infertility. Here are four celeb stories that reminded us not to take our health for granted in 2011 -- and a few lessons we learned from the stars in 2010:
1. Giuliana and Bill Rancic's Struggle With Infertility
In October, Giuliana and Bill Rancic (of E! and "Apprentice" fame) announced that they had suffered a miscarriage after their first IVF attempt. Then, just last week, on the season finale of "Giuliana & Bill," we learned that their second go at IVF had failed. The bright side? We were glad to see more women speaking out about their infertility issues in 2010. Click here for 5 Things We Learned From Giuliana Rancic's Miscarriage and, for more information on how to cope with struggling to conceive, check out RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association.
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2. Lindsay Lohan Battling Addiction
It's been a tough year for Lindsay Lohan. After admitting to substance abuse issues, she's been in and out of jail and rehab. We're hoping Lohan can straighten herself out in 2011 and realize the full potential of the adorable, talented 12-year-old girl we fell in love with in "The Parent Trap." Are your drinking habits healthy? Find out!
3. Elizabeth Edwards Loses Breast Cancer Fight
This year, after a very public battle with breast cancer, Elizabeth Edwards passed away. A mom, lawyer, author and public health activist, Edwards was such an inspiration. Even when it became apparent that her husband, John Edwards, was having an affair and had fathered a child with his mistress, Elizabeth remained strong and committed to her message: The importance of regular mammograms. To learn more about prevention and how to deal if you or someone you love is diagnosed, check out this list of amazing resources.
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4. Lady Gaga's Lupus Scare
Lupus -- an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body instead of protect it -- runs in Lady Gaga's family. So fans were rightfully concerned earlier this year when they learned that Gaga's aunt had died of the genetic condition in 1976, and that Gaga herself had tested borderline positive. The star insists that she has no symptoms and is fine for now; she just has to take good care of herself. For more information on this condition, which is on the rise among young women, click here for the latest on treatments and research. And check out this story about a young woman and her baby's fight to survive lupus.
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