Nick Cannon has revealed that his recently-diagnosed kidney trouble is the result of an “autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system,” and his blood clots were directly connected to his kidney infection.
“It’s a lot of stuff, but it’s all in order now,” Cannon told People magazine at New York’s Teqa Restaurant and Tequila Bar, where he was deejaying an event Wednesday night.
The entertainer has had ongoing health problems that came to light after he was hospitalized for kidney failure in January and then hospitalized again, weeks later, with blood clots in his lungs.
“The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because … I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” said Cannon, 31.
“I thought I was getting better,” said Cannon, 31, “and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere.”
Cannon, who ended his New York-based radio show in February to continue his recovery, said doctors have told him his kidney condition is “something I’m going to be living with all my life.”
“I’m just trying to make sure I put my health first,” he said, adding that he tries to get six hours of sleep a night and has been taking it easy at home.
Asked if his condition was hereditary, Cannon said, “They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is – like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it.”
For now, Cannon is just focusing on getting better – as well as on his young family with wife Mariah Carey.
“I feel blessed to be alive,” Cannon said. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].”