Hard to diagnose Sarcoidosis affects African Americans


Comedian and actor Bernie Mac was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 1983 and lived with the disease for 25 years until his death in August 2008 at the age of 50.

“Patients would say ‘Oh I do have Bernie Mac disease, what did Bernie Mac die from? Would I die the same way Bernie Mac died?'” explains Dr. Nadera Sweiss, a rheumatologist.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Bernie Mac foundation, the Bernie Mac Sarcoidosis Translational Advanced Research Center, better known as The Star Center, opened in Chicago in 2012. Since then, they’ve seen a 70 percent increase in sarcoidosis patients.

“I had a cough, like a real bad cough. After the flu went away I still had this cough,” said Annette Williams, a sarcoidosis patient.

Annette was diagnosed 15 years ago; she wants people to…

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