March 10, 2012 03:45:52 GMT
Sitting down with CNN host Piers Morgan, the multi-talented husband of Mariah Carey claims he remains optimistic as he fights his illness, but understands the severity of the situation.
Nick Cannon is opening up more about his recent health woes. Nearly a week after informing public that he has a "lupus-type" autoimmune disease, the "America's Got Talent" host sat down with Piers Morgan for CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight", and revealed that his illness was a rare one.
After he suffered from kidney failure, Cannon said that the doctors "found out that I have lupus nephritis, which is an autoimmune disease," through a bunch of tests and studies. The multi-talented husband of Mariah Carey went on to note, "It's a rare one. Mine was a very rare case, but it's attacking only my kidneys."
During the interview airing Friday, March 9, the 31-year-old added that because of the disease, he's more prone to getting blood clots. Still, he claimed to have tried "to do everything to prevent that." He explained, "I was wearing the surgical stockings, I was on a blood thinner, so many different things while I was in the hospital."
When Cannon started to feel pain above his kidneys after hosting the Super Bowl pre-show, it was discovered he had two blood clots in and fluid around his lungs in addition to an enlarged heart. Though so, he insisted, "I never got to that stage where I was like, 'OK, this is it.' But I knew the severity of the situation."
Cannon suffered from mild kidney failure earlier this year. On January 6, he underwent a successful kidney surgery, and was discharged from a Los Angeles-area hospital days later. A little over a month later, he told his radio show's listeners that two blood clots were found in his lung. In mid-February, he announced that he's quitting his radio hosting gig to focus on his health.