The vacation hospitalization was the first for the “America’s Got Talent” host to reveal any real difficulties, but weeks later Nick Cannon was admitted for blood clots in his lungs which unveiled the real culprit.
“The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because … I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” he told PEOPLE at New York’s Teqa Restaurant and Tequila Bar, where he was deejaying an event Wednesday night.
“I thought I was getting better,” said Cannon. “And then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere.”
Apparently his doctor was concerned after the blood clots were revealed and advised the entertainer to cut his grueling schedule which prompted him to step down from the popular morning radio show—92.3 NOW.
So, what’s going on with Nick’s health?
“They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is — like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it.”
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body), as described by the Lupus Foundation of America.
Though this is a condition he will have to deal with for the rest of his life, Nick is making steps towards “putting his health first” adding that that he “tries to get six hours of sleep a night and has been taking it easy at home”.
“I feel blessed to be alive,” Cannon said. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].”
“It’s a lot of stuff,” said Cannon, “but it’s all in order now.”
And since this is a fight he is tackling, Nick took to Twitter to educate those who may be less savvy about the topic.
“March is World Kidney Month check the @nkf website for info on screening and prevention – kidney.org/news/wkd/.”