With Addison's and adrenal insufficiency being a rare endocrine condition, it can be comforting to hear about those in the public eye, in order to gain insight and inspiration.

Below are just a handful of the celebrities, sportsmen and politicians who have lived with Addison's and adrenal insufficiency and a little about their journey with the condition, as well as the famous scientists and chemists who advanced treatment into Addison's and adrenal insufficiency. Further detailed interviews and profiles coming soon!

Dr Thomas Addison, discoverer of Addison's disease

(April 1793 - 29 June 1980)

Jane AustenEnglish novelist.

(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

The majority of biographers rely on Zachary Cope's 1964 retrospective diagnosis and list her cause of death as Addison's disease - however consequently it is now believed that Jane Austen’s fatal illness was tuberculosis. However the extraordinary author was also the right age to have had Addison’s and so without an autopsy, it’s impossible to completely determine what killed Austen.

Sabino Arana, celebrated hero of Basque culture and language, and the instigator of the Basque nationalist movement. 

(26 January 1865 – 25 November 1903)

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity (Elizabeth Catez).

(18 July 1880 - 9 November 1906)

Andrew Dasburg, American modernist painter and "one of America's leading early exponents of cubism".

(4 May 1887 – 13 August 1979)

Ella Holleufer Hedtofta prominent Danish citizen and the wife of the Danish Prime Minister, Hans Hedtoft.

(22 March 1906 – 4 December 1954)

George Summerbee, English professional footballer.

(22 October 1914 – 19 April 1955)

President John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States.

(29 May 1917 – 22 November 1963)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American philanthropist and a member of the Kennedy family.

(10 July 1921 – 11 August 2009)

Eugene Shoemaker, American geologist and one of the founders of the field of planetary science.

(28 April 1928 – 18 July 1997) 

Helen Reddy, Australian-American singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist.

(25 October 1941 – 29 September 2020)

Geoff Starling, Sydney rugby league player.

Born 14 December 1952.

Kathy Burke, English actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director.

Born 13 June 1964.

Daniel Stewart, English actor.

Born 20 October 1967.

Eric Cole, Professional Golfer

Born 12 June 1988.


Nathan Gafuik, Canadian Olympic gymnast.

Born 12 June 1985.

Martin "Marty" Clarke, a Gaelic and former Australian rules footballer. 

Born 13 November 1987.

Anna PowerBritish equestrian sportswoman.

 Giulia Bould, BBC Sports Radio Presenter

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Watch this space - profiles of the famous scientists and chemists who advanced treatment into Addison's and adrenal insufficiency coming soon!

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