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Carrie Ann Inaba says she ‘felt a lot of shame’ as she privately suffered from autoimmune conditions

Carrie Ann Inaba is a regular on-screen personality best known for her role as a judge on Dancing With The Stars and her stint as co-host of The Talk. But while she’s a pro when it comes to putting on a big smile on camera, she’s opening up about the pain she’s been through behind the cameras. The 54-year-old entertainer and dancer told Yahoo Life that she “has long defined herself by physical well-being,” thanks to her lifelong practice of dance. “I was an athlete, I could move, I was fit. I was all of those things.” When she began experiencing physical and chronic pain while judging her fourth season of DWTS, however, she felt conflicted with her identity. Today, Inaba talks openly about living with numerous autoimmune diseases, including lupus, fibromyalgia and Sjogren’s syndrome – the source of her painful symptoms – and accepts them as part of her wellness journey. Just a few years ago, she was suffering in silence. “I started experiencing all of these symptoms. Symptoms that people couldn’t see and believe because I was appearing on camera with full hair and makeup and looking presentable. And it became very, very difficult to live that way,” she said. said. “I felt a lot of shame, you know, when you present one thing but there’s another reality. And I had to let go of the idea that I was a fit dancer, and that was my identity. “