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Amy Schumer diagnosed with Cushing Syndrome


Celebrated American comedian, Amy Schumer has recently been diagnosed with Cushing syndrome, a condition characterized by prolonged exposure to elevated levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, as per the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms may include weight gain, high blood pressure, and bone loss. Treatment options typically involve medication, radiation therapy, or surgery.


The diagnosis was disclosed by Schumer, aged 42, in the latest edition of Jessica Yellin’s “News Not Noise” newsletter, following inquiries from fans regarding her “puffier” appearance during the promotional tour for season 2 of Life & Beth. The actress revealed that she discovered her condition while actively promoting her show and expressed feeling “rejuvenated” after receiving a diagnosis.

Life & Beth

“During my on-camera press appearances for my Hulu series, I found myself undergoing lengthy MRI sessions, enduring extensive blood draws that left my veins constricted, all the while grappling with the fear of not witnessing my son’s growth. Learning that I have a form of Cushing’s syndrome that will naturally resolve itself, and that I am otherwise healthy, was an immense relief,” Schumer shared.

An Advocate for Woman’s Health

The comedian who has performed in Toronto many times, and most recently during her WHORE tour in 2022, further remarked that the commentary from internet users about her appearance served as an indicator that something was amiss.

“It’s been quite a whirlwind for me and my family these past few weeks,” she remarked. “In addition to grappling with concerns about my health, I’ve also had to navigate being scrutinized on camera by the internet. But I’m grateful for that scrutiny, because it alerted me that something wasn’t right.

When questioned about her willingness to disclose her “personal medical information,” Schumer emphasized her desire to “advocate for women’s health.”

“The constant judgment and scrutiny surrounding our ever-changing bodies is something I’ve experienced and witnessed firsthand for a long time,” Schumer explained. “I aspire for women to embrace self-love and to be unwavering in advocating for their own health within a system that often dismisses them.”

“Extend more kindness to one another”

Schumer highlighted that her diagnosis “serves as a reminder that we never truly know what others may be going through. We’re all facing our own battles,” she continued. “Perhaps we can extend a bit more kindness to one another and to ourselves.”

The star comedian initially disclosed her health challenges while responding to critics in a February 15 Instagram post. “You’re correct, my appearance is a bit different at the moment. I’m currently dealing with endometriosis, an autoimmune condition that I encourage every woman to educate themselves about,Schumer shared. “There are some medical and hormonal factors affecting me right now, but I’m managing.”

Amy Schumer Backgrounder

Amy Schumer is a celebrated stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director, Schumer has an Emmy win and Golden Globe nomination to her name. She is best known as the mastermind behind the acclaimed “Inside Amy Schumer,” a Comedy Central series that debuted in April 2013 to record-breaking premiere ratings. Notably, the show clinched the 2015 Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Sketch series and made history by securing the inaugural Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sketch Variety Series the same year. Schumer herself garnered nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Her contributions to comedy were further recognized with accolades such as Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy from the Television Critics Association in 2015, along with the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. The show’s excellence was acknowledged with a Peabody Award in 2014. Schumer’s talent transcends television, as evidenced by her Emmy nomination in 2019 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her stand-up comedy special “Amy Schumer Growing.”


In 2015, Schumer’s Universal Pictures film “Trainwreck” emerged as a juggernaut at the global box office, captivating audiences with its summer comedy charm. Her stellar performance garnered her the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy, while her screenplay earned a nomination for a Writers’ Guild Award in the Original Screenplay category.

That same year, the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) bestowed upon Schumer The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, recognizing her exceptional contributions to the genre. Schumer continued to showcase her comedic prowess with her one-hour Netflix Comedy special titled “The Leather Special,” which earned her a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Variety Special.

Additionally, her HBO comedy special, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” directed by Chris Rock, premiered on October 17, 2015, becoming HBO’s most-watched Saturday night comedy special debut since December 2009.

Meteor Shower

In 2016, Schumer earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower.” The following year, she took on a leading role alongside Goldie Hawn in the mother-daughter comedy “Snatched,” a film she also produced. Additionally, in 2017, Schumer showcased her versatility by appearing in Jason Hall’s dramatic feature “Thank You For Your Service.”

The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo

Adding to her list of accomplishments, Schumer released her first book, “The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo,” which became a New York Times bestseller. This literary success earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album in 2017. The paperback edition of the book was later released in August of the same year.

I Feel Pretty

In 2018, Schumer took on the dual roles of star and producer in the STX comedy “I Feel Pretty,” which hit theaters in April of that year. Known for her dynamic stage presence, Schumer frequently tours theaters and arenas worldwide, achieving the distinction of being the sole female comedian to headline Madison Square Garden. Additionally, she co-hosted the popular podcast “Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith” alongside Bridget Everett, Rachel Feinstein, and Keith Robinson, which has enjoyed a successful five-season run on Spotify.

Expecting Amy

In July 2020, Schumer introduced her three-part documentary series, “Expecting Amy,” on HBO Max. The series provides an intimate look at Schumer’s challenging pregnancy journey while also chronicling the creation of her latest comedy special. Additionally, in August 2020, she debuted the second season of her cooking show, “Amy Schumer Learns to Cook,” featuring her husband Chris Fischer, an acclaimed chef, on the Food Network.

The Humans at TIFF

Schumer then headlined in Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” debuting at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters and Showtime. Fast forward to March 2022, Schumer joined forces with Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall to co-host the 94th Academy Awards. Recently, she made a special guest appearance in Season 2 of Hulu’s hit series, “Only Murders in the Building,” starring alongside Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez.

More recently, Schumer took on multiple roles in her comedy series, “LIFE & BETH,” which she wrote, executive produces, directs, and stars in. The show is currently streaming on Hulu.

Despite facing the challenges of Cushing Syndrome, Amy Schumer has shown remarkable resilience and determination to continue pursuing her career in the entertainment industry. Through her openness about her struggles with the disease, Schumer has become an advocate for awareness and destigmatization of health issues. Regardless of obstacles, she continues to thrive, showcasing her talent through various projects, including her comedy tour and her Hulu series “LIFE & BETH.” Schumer’s perseverance and dedication serve as an inspiration, demonstrating that with courage and resilience, one can overcome adversity and continue to achieve success in their chosen field.

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