Toni Brax­ton hos­pi­talised

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment -

TONI Brax­ton was last week hos­pi­talised in At­lanta due to com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to her bat­tle with lu­pus.

The 48-year-old Grammy award win­ning artiste was, how­ever, dis­charged on Mon­day and is now rest­ing at home.

“She was not in se­ri­ous con­di­tion though Lu­pus is a se­ri­ous dis­ease and must be mon­i­tored at all times,” said her spokesper­son.

TMZ re­ported that Brax­ton was in hospi­tal for four days, not­ing that it was un­clear whether she checked her­self in or was trans­ported by an am­bu­lance.

Brax­ton’s boyfriend, rap­per Bird­man, re­port­edly boarded a plane from Texas to At­lanta when he heard the news.

The Un-break My Heart hit-maker first re­vealed she had lu­pus in 2010, when she ac­cepted the Women In Achieve­ment Award from Lu­pus LA.

Lu­pus is an au­toim­mune dis­ease that causes the body’s im­mune sys­tem to at­tack its own tis­sue and or­gans. Ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have a form of the dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to the Lu­pus Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica. “Take a look,” she said. “This is what lu­pus looks like.” In 2012, the Grammy Award win­ner spoke to Huf­fPost Live about liv­ing with the dis­ease, say­ing, “Some days I can’t bal­ance it all.”

“Pretty much when you have lu­pus, you feel like you have the flu ev­ery day. But some days you get through it. But for me, if I’m not feel­ing well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh, mommy’s just go­ing to re­lax in bed to­day.’ I kind of take it easy.”

The hard­est part about liv­ing with lu­pus, she said, was when she has to per­form.

“So of­ten, when it’s like that, it’s a lot of, ‘You sing!’ to the au­di­ence, you know?” she said. They kind of help me out a lit­tle bit with­out re­al­is­ing it.” —Huff­in­g­ton­Post

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