Nick Cannon opened up for the first time publicly this morning on "Good Morning America" regarding his surprising new diagnosis.  Deets inside on his rare form of Lupus…

Talking to Robin Roberts today on "GMA," rapper/comedian/"American’s Got Talent" host Nick Cannon revealed he has "a rare form of lupus that’s just attacking [his] kidneys."

The surprising news comes after a long stint in Aspen & L.A. hospitals during the Christmas Holidays where doctors first thought Nick had a kidney disease and was severly dehydrated.

"They thought it was just kidney disease and then they were trying to figure out why my immune system was attacking my kidneys and that was sort of the root of it all. I scared a lot of people. I scared myself."

So the dad to twins Moroccan & Monroe quit his radio show last month and is taking it a bit easier.  And Mrs. Cannon is indeed doting on her hubby:

"I have been ordered to sleep at least six hours a night. They say rest is probably the best medicine. I’m dealing with it. Of course I’m not used to the medicines, but I feel like I’m starting to figure out a lot of holistic ways, meditation and stuff to get through it."

"[Mariah] made me an egg-white sandwich before I left the house this morning.  She takes care of me, makes sure I’m eating what I’m supposed to be."

"I have to be around for my children.  They’re my motivation for the whole thing."

Awww.  While the news of his rare disease is surprising, scary, and sad, it’s good to see his positive attitude. 



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