Actress Kristen Johnston revealed on Facebook this week that she’s recently been diagnosed with the rare auto-immune disorder Lupus Myelitis

Kristen Johnston Diagnosed With Lupus

“I've been really, really sick since early Sept. Full body muscle weakness to the extent that just walking difficult, stairs impossible and I even need a neck brace to hold my head up,” Johnston wrote on her official Facebook page.

“Lying down I'm fine, which is great for writing or killing time on social media, but it's kind of disastrous when you're in a sitcom that requires tons of physical comedy,” she added, referring to her TVLand show The Exes. “Before you even had a chance to wonder "Hey! Where'd that big mouthy blonde gal go?" I thought I'd tell you, This lucky lady spent 2 fun-filled weeks in November partying at The Mayo Clinic. Come on… Who's jealous?”

“This is how, after 4 months & 17 Drs (no lie),” she wrote, “I've FINALLY been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder.”

Johnston Hesitant To Name Disease

Initially, Johnston declined to name the exact auto-immune disorder she was battling. “I just wanted to have a few weeks of privacy to navigate it & receive treatment,” she explained. However, not long after post, accusations that she was pulling a publicity stunt, caused the actress open up further and list her condition as Lupus Myelitis. “I’m not on my death bed… far from it,” Johnston said. “I’m going to be fine.”

Due to her poor health over the last four months and subsequent stay at the Mayo Clinic, Johnston won’t appear in two upcoming episodes of The Exes, which was why the actress reached out to her fans.

Johnston is best known for playing Sally Solomon on 90s sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun, a part for which she earned two Emmys. She’s been seen on the big screen in Bride Wars and Music and Lyrics. Her next feature in Lovesick with Matt LeBlanc and Ali Larter.

– Chelsea Regan

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