Dr Oz: Singer Toni Braxton To Retire
Toni Braxton told Dr. Oz that she is finally ready to talk about her life-changing diagnosis after keeping it from the public for so many years because she is tired of hiding it. She admitted that when she was initially diagnosed with lupus she was told by many to keep it a secret because they believed she would never work in the music business again if people knew she had lupus. Not only is she now ready to talk about her health issues, but she also shared a huge announcement with Dr. Oz, which is that she is planning to retire her singing career. She told him that for too many years her career and singing were her boss, but now her body is her boss and she needs to make her health a priority.
Dr Oz: Did Toni Braxton Need a Heart Transplant?
Toni Braxton says in 2008 she suffered a heart attack and was told by doctors she needed a heart transplant. For the next 24 hours she was afraid and more worried than ever about her health, only to be told the next day that it was actually a mistake and she would not need the transplant after all. As a doctor himself, Dr. Oz says that giving a patient that diagnosis for even a minute is devastating, let alone having to live with it for 24 hours! Toni told Dr. Oz when the doctors told her they were mistaken and that her diagnosis was actually lupus she felt immediate relief, but after doing a great deal of research she suddenly got really scared at the true reality of what the diagnosis would mean to her health.
Dr Oz: Diagnosing Lupus
Toni Braxton told Dr. Oz that it actually takes an average of five years for a person to get a diagnosis of lupus because everything has to line up perfectly in order for doctors to recognize the signs. Dr. Oz explained that lupus is basically your body’s immune system attacking itself as a way to protect you. When that happens, fluid begins to build up around the heart, which could lead a potentially life-threatening heart attack. A person with lupus is 50 times more likely to suffer from a heart attack, according to Dr. Oz, which is why he is so grateful to Toni Braxton for being willing to share her story. He truly believes they will save a lot of lives today thanks to Toni!
Dr Oz: Toni Braxton Lupus Diagnosis Shame
Toni Braxton told Dr. Oz when she initially received her lupus diagnosis the outlook was not good. Her doctors told her she might be able to sing a song or two, but that she would never be able to perform again. She remembers feeling shattered at the time because performing is what she loves to do, but she had no choice but to cancel upcoming shows in Las Vegas after having just signed a contract deal. That is what led to her bankruptcy, which only added more stress to an already difficult time in the singer’s life. Toni says she was not only embarrassed and ashamed, but she was also told to keep her lupus a secret in order to protect her career. She told Dr. Oz one of the most difficult things to hear was that she would not be able to get health insurance, which fortunately was not true. Toni never wants another woman, or any person for that matter, to go what she has gone through since her diagnosis with lupus.
Dr Oz: Toni Braxton Managing Lupus
Toni Braxton told Dr. Oz that she manages her lupus with medication, a healthy diet and exercise. She said she likes to walk which is the best form of exercise for a person with lupus. Through tears Toni told Dr. Oz her biggest fear is not being around to watch her kids grow up, but she is going to fight and take care of herself so she can live be 100 years old. She told him her strength comes from her deeply supportive family, including her parents and all of her sisters.