Nick Cannon: “Don’t Waste One Day”

Cannon sounds off about his health, fatherhood and managing his lupus. 

Posted: 10/11/2013 10:21 AM EDT

Entertainer and entrepreneur Nick Cannon, 32, faced a variety of health problems in the past year, battling kidney issues as a result of an autoimmune disease called lupus nephritis.

Now, more than a year later…

…Nick says he’s feeling great, adding, “Last year was definitely a tough year health-wise but now doctors have giving me a clean bill of health. Eating well and exercising has kind of put me in the best shape I’ve ever been in.”

Look at what he had to say about living life now…

On His Health:

“My health scare last year was crazy because [when you have] doctors telling you ‘This might be it,’ and they’re preparing your family and saying it can go either way or there’s a 50/50 chance and all of that stuff, it puts life in perspective,” Nick explains.

“I was a brand-new father — my kids weren’t even 1-year-olds at the time. And it was just like ‘If I do get a chance to do it again, I’m going to make sure all of the things that matter, I focus on. And the things that don’t matter, I let ‘em fall by the wayside.’ And because I still deal with the health condition to this day, it just makes me hungry and makes me grind harder, because we’re not promised tomorrow. I’m doing everything I can do to keep myself healthy, but at the same time, in the back of mind I [know] the clock is ticking. I need to leave my mark. That’s what everybody should do. You’ve got to leave this place better than it was when you got here. I feel like I can’t waste one day. That’s why when people say ‘your work ethic is crazy,’ I’m like ‘The clock is ticking.’ I gotta leave something.”

Learn more about Cannon’s views on his health and life at BlackDoctor.Org.

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