Nick Cannon: "Don’t Waste One Day"
Entertainer and entrepreneur Nick Cannon, is only 37, but he has accomplished a lot. He’s an actor, writer, rapper, host, executive at Nickelodeon network, host, stand up comedian and DJ–just to name a few. faced a variety of health problems in the past two years, battling kidney issues as a result of an autoimmune disease called lupus nephritis.
A little more than a year later, Nick says he’s feeling great, adding, “That year was definitely a tough year health-wise but now doctors have giving me a clean bill of health. Eating well and exercising has kind of put me in the best shape I’ve ever been in.”
Lupus nephritis is inflammation of the kidney that is caused by systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). With lupus, the body’s immune system targets its own body tissues. Lupus nephritis happens when lupus involves the kidneys.
Up to 60% of lupus patients will develop lupus nephritis. When the kidneys are inflamed, they can’t function normally and can leak protein. If not controlled, lupus nephritis can lead to kidney failure.
Nowadays, Nick is still hosting and producing his Wild N’ Out improv show, producing music, television shows, products and more, all the while lending his voice to social issues like police brutality and voting.
On His Health:
“My health scare was crazy because [when you have] doctors telling you ‘This might be it,’ and they’re preparing your family and saying it can go either way or there’s a 50/50 chance and all of that stuff, it puts life in perspective,” Nick explains.
“I was a brand-new father — my kids weren’t even 1-year-olds at the time. And it was just like ‘If I do get a chance to do it again, I’m going to make sure all of the things that matter, I focus on. And the things that don’t matter, I let ‘em fall by the wayside.’ And because I still deal with the health condition to this day, it just makes me hungry and makes me grind harder, because we’re not promised tomorrow.”
“I’m doing everything I can do to keep myself healthy, but at the same time, in the back of mind I [know] the clock is ticking. I need to leave my mark. That’s what everybody should do. You’ve got to leave this place better than it was when you got here. I feel like I can’t waste one day. That’s why when people say ‘your work ethic is crazy,’ I’m like ‘The clock is ticking.’ I gotta leave something.”