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Kristen Johnston Speaks Out About Her Battle with Lupus

Kristen Johnston on Her Lupus Battle: 'Every Single Day Is a Gift'

Originally posted 07/12/2014 12:40PM

When she struggled scaling a flight of stairs last summer, Kristen Johnston knew something was wrong – but she just didn't know what.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Ended a Long, Losing Battle with Drugs

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Ended a Long, Losing Battle with Drugs

Originally posted 02/03/2014 08:00AM

While the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death from an apparent drug overdose at age 46 stunned his fans and Hollywood colleagues, his battle with addiction actually started more than 20 years ago.

The actor revealed his struggles in a 2006 interview with 60 Minutes. "I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old," Hoffman said. "You get panicked ... and I got panicked for my life."

Hoffman, who sought treatment after graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, also talked about the importance of getting treatment early in his career.

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Kristen Johnston Diagnosed with Rare Autoimmune Disorder

UpdatePosted 12/18/2013 11:00PM

Kristen Johnston Diagnosed with Lupus Myelitis

Originally posted 12/18/2013 09:00PM

She beat an addiction to alcohol, but Kristen Johnston knew that there was something seriously wrong when she found herself "almost completely unable to move."

After four months and 17 doctors, she learned the reason why – The Exes star has been diagnosed with "a rare autoimmune disorder."

The actress, who won two Emmys on 3rd Rock From the Sun, shared the news in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday. "It's time for me to be upfront with you about something that's been going on with me," she wrote.

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Former Addicts, Experts Explain Why Rehab Didn't Save Cory Monteith | Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith: Why Didn't Rehab Work?

Originally posted 07/20/2013 09:00AM

Why didn't rehab save Cory Monteith?

When the Glee star died at 31 of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol, he was just two months out of treatment for substance abuse. Post-rehab, the actor looked healthy and happy, attending a hockey game with his girlfriend, Lea Michele, dining out with friends and attending a photo call for the next season of his FOX hit.

But addiction experts say that the immediate period after rehab is one of tremendous vulnerability.

"Newly sober people are more fragile than before they became addicts," says Bob Forrest, a California-based certified drug and alcohol counselor.

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Kristen Johnston: Ban N.Y.C. Carriage Horses!

Kristen Johnston: Ban N.Y.C. Carriage Horses!

Originally posted 10/22/2012 09:00AM

Kristen Johnston knows how to get your attention.

"All you got to do is drop trou," she tells PEOPLE. "Pretty much that's the biggest statement you can make. Drop trou, get on a plastic horse and people start paying attention."

Johnston got naked (and got on a plastic horse) to bring awareness to the inhumane treatment of carriage horses in New York City. Four years after that memorable PETA campaign, the actress is being honored for her continued efforts to bring an end to the carriage horse rides that are a staple of the Big Apple by New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), an organization she was turned on to by a friend on the board.

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PHOTO: Kristen Johnston Goes Naked for PETA

PHOTO: Kristen Johnston Goes Naked for PETA

Originally posted 11/18/2008 03:20PM

Kristen Johnston is speaking out against horse-drawn carriages – and stripping down in the process.

The 3rd Rock from the Sun star will appear in a new PETA ad campaign called "Don’t Get Taken for a Ride – Horse-Drawn Carriages Are Cruel." In her ad, Johnston, 41, appears naked on the back of a horse in a pose that recalls Lady Godiva.

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