Kristen Johnston's Lupus Diagnosis Struggle

Kristen Johnston's Lupus Diagnosis Struggle

Kristen Johnston, who won two Emmys for the NBC ‘90s sitcom “Third Rock From the Sun,” was diagnosed with the neurological condition lupus last November. But the road to diagnosis was a frustrating one as Kristen, who now shares her story.

Hi, everybody. I have lupus. Kristin Johnson who won two emmys for the sitcom "3rd rock from the sun" was diagnosed with lupus last summer. But the road to diagnosis was a frustrating one as she describes in this "People" magazine exclusive. Such a life changing experience. This five-month journey I went on. No one could tell me what I had. It was like I was swimming through molasses. I couldn't even hold my own neck up. I couldn't walk. I mean, it was just incredible. It took nearly six months and 17 doctors before she was diagnosed with lupus myelitis. A rare but treatable form of the disease that attacks the spinal cord. The severe symptoms forced her to step away from her role on TV. I had treatment and started doing a little better. I went back to work on "The exes" and just one of the greatest days of my life, getting back to work there. And I love the job so much. In telling her story to "People" magazine on newsstands Friday, Kristin admits she worried about falling into her past addiction battle with prescription drugs and alcohol. You have good times you drink, you have bad times you drink. You go through a breakup, you take pain killers. Everything was always masked by drugs or alcohol. So to go through this terrible experience, I don't know. I'm just very grateful.