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CONFIRMED: Tisha Campbell Martin Has Stage 2 Sarcoidosis – Genetic Lung Disease

In an interview in the January issue of Essence magazine, Tisha Campbell Martin admitted that she has a genetic lung disease known as Sarcoidosis. Currently, Martin is battling stage two sarcoidosis, in hopes of driving the disease into remission. The Martin family has a lot on their plate with a new baby (Ezekiel) and a nine year old son (Xen) battling autism. So it helps when the community encourages and keeps the Martin family in their prayers.

Black Celebrity Kids was the first to post the story over a month ago, and I just want to share the interview with you:

On her current health:

[Being in good] health is really important to me. Right now, I’m [battling] a genetic lung disorder called sarcoidosis, which can go into remission. I’m in Stage II and I’m trying to reverse it. I’ve only got one body and I really want to take care of it by working out and eating right.

On what she has learned about losing the baby weight:

Well, when I get pregnant, I get really pregnant! I’ve also had two C-sections. I weighed 216 after having Xen, but with Ezekiel, I was 270-something — that’s the number I’m sticking to! [laughs]

Once you reach a certain age, I think that how you feel is more important than what the scale says. I’ve actually lost a whole dress size in a month, but I’ve stayed the same, exact weight. So for me, it’s an “inches” game.

On shaping a healthy lifestyle for her family:

As a family, we all have different [dietary] needs, so I try to be as creative as possible in the kitchen, especially when I’m preparing Xen’s food. He can have his treats, but he knows that he has certain allergies, too. Also, he was diagnosed with autism, so he doesn’t eat gluten or casein.

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