Tisha Campbell-Martin reveals she has Sarcoidosis.

Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin tells People magazine that, although she does have the disease sarcoidosis, contrary to tabloid reports, she is not dying from the disease. The My Wife and Kids and Rita Rocks star said in a statement to People:

“Thank you, everyone, for your concern, however, no worry is needed. I was diagnosed with a lung disorder that some people walk around with and don’t even know they have…Through early diagnosis I’m happy to share that I stay healthy with diet and exercise.”

The 42-yr-old actress was diagnosed 10 years ago.

What is Sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is one of those incompletely understood conditions caused by an abnormal immune system response. This abnormal response produces clumps of inflammatory cells which can either heal, or cause scarring. In people with the disease, the inflammation doesn’t go away. Instead, some of the immune system cells cluster to form lumps called granulomas in various organs in your body.

Sarcoidosis affects people of all ages and races. However, it’s more common among African Americans and Northern Europeans. In the United States, the disease affects African Americans somewhat more often and more severely than Whites.

Sarcoidosis can affect any organ in the body. However, it’s more likely to occur in some organs than in others, frequently starting in the lungs, skin, and/or lymph nodes (especially the lymph nodes in the chest).

The disease also often affects the eyes and the liver. Although less common, it can affect the heart and brain, leading to serious complications.

If many granulomas form in an organ, they can affect how the organ works. This can cause signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms vary depending on which organs are affected. Many people with the disease have no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Lofgren’s syndrome is a classic set of signs and symptoms that is typical in some people who have sarcoidosis. Lofgren’s syndrome may cause fever, enlarged lymph nodes, arthritis (usually in the ankles), and/or erythema nodosum. Erythema nodosum is a rash of red or reddish-purple bumps on your ankles and shins. The rash may be warm and tender to the touch.

Treatment also varies depending on which organs are affected. A doctor may prescribe topical treatments and/or medicines to treat the disease. Not everyone needs treatment.

The outcome of sarcoidosis varies. Many people recover from the disease with few or no long-term problems.

More than half of the people who have sarcoidosis have remission within 3 years of diagnosis. Two-thirds can have remission within 10 years.  Relapse (return of the disease) 1 or more years after remission occurs in less than 5 percent of patients.

Sarcoidosis leads to organ damage in about one-third of the people diagnosed with the disease. Damage may occur over many years and involve more than one organ. Rarely, sarcoidosis can be fatal. Death usually is the result of complications with the lungs, heart, or brain. Comedian Bernie Mac died August 9, 2008 of pneumonia, possibly a complication of sarcoidosis, a condition he had a number of years.

Certain people are at higher risk for poor outcomes from chronic (long-term) sarcoidosis. This includes people who have lung scarring, heart or brain complications.

Research is ongoing for new and better treatments for sarcoidosis.

For more information about Sarcoidosis, click here to go to the Resounding Health Casebook on the topic.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.


  1. Sharon Johnson

    August 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Tisha, My name is Sharon and I have Sarcoidosis. I was diagnose in 1998. When I saw you on My wife and kids I told my God sister that you looked like you had Sarcoidosis and I really knew that Bernie Mack had it. I can look at people eyes and the way they breathe. I also can tell if their weight is from steroid. Toni Braxton was diagnose with Lupus but I believe she was misdiagnosed. I think she has Sarcoid. I wanted to tell you about the steroid. I am advising you to not take it. I believe it makes it a little worse. It took me a while to figure that out but I have been doing great with my lungs but I have it in my eyes and I often get steroid shot in my eyes, which is not as bad as the steroid by mouth. If this message get to you my email is [email protected] I try to tell people I know personally about the steroid with this type of Lung disorder. God knows I wished I could have talk to Bernie Mack.
    I am so glad you are doing okay Tisha. Good Luck with your health and Career.

    • Dr. M

      August 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks for your comment Sharon. We have no direct contact with Ms. Campbell-Martin, but others may find it useful.

    • Brad Lenaris

      April 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      My mother passed away christmas eve 1999 from sarcoidosis. I watched her suffer and she could barely breathe. I had discovered that Tisha Campbell was diagnose with the disease after listening to the Tom Joyner morning show roughly about 10 years ago and wanted to contact her about early symtoms. I pray that she would fight this thing and live a healthy and normal life. I am very surprised that people know about sarcoidosis. Many doctors didn’t really know how to treat it when my mom discovered she had it 15 years ago…

      • Dr. M

        April 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        You’re right Brad, sarcoidosis is not a well known illness, but with brave people like Tisha Campbell coming forward, we can hopefully raise awareness of this devastating disease. Thanks for writing!

    • Cassandra Arango

      February 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Hi i was diagnosed with neurosarcoidsis in 2014 which left me with nerve damage and back pain then it moved to my eyes i had 2 eye surgeries but i refuse to let it beat me i pray for all who is going through and keep your heads up.

  2. Danielle

    November 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I have the disease and I grow the granulmas in my throat close to my vocal cords my docts is giving me predisone to help and they keep saying it will go in remission its been two yrs since I been diagnosised I’m tired of having surgeries why isn’t there a cure for this

  3. Sharon Johnson

    July 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Hello everyone this is Sharon Johnson again about Sarcoidosis. I been in college for three years to get an associates degree in Health Information Technology. My sarcoid came out of remission and started to affect my ability to see clearly, my joints ache real bad and my breathing is poor. I started out in school doing so well but the last two semesters was a struggle for me. I tried to file for disability and was turned down because the social security office said that my disability was not severe enough to keep me from working and they said I have education skills. UNBELIVEABLE!!!! I have worked for 20 years at General Motors and paid taxes and social security, but now I am sick to the point I can’t work and Social Security tripping. I worked for 15 years at GM with Sarcoidosis and some times I had to go on medical when it got bad but I never wanted to stop working, I tried to live a normal life as much as I could, but now I really don’t feel well. The system is jacked up! I am still fighting for hearings and so on. Do anybody have any suggestion, The prednisone makes me sicker than what I am. People have lost there life to this illness, social security need to check there information. The only reason that I keep going is because of my faith in God and I have big dreams that I am not wiling to let them go yet. Keep your head up everybody, continue to pray and get involve with http://www.stopsarcoidosis.org to get information that will help you understand about it.

    • Darren Durante

      October 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Sharon I know what your goin through and it’s rough. My name is Darren and I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2007. I was sick on and off for 7 years before it was finally diagnosed in 2007 by Dr Carl Smart in Charlotte mc. I’ve tried steroids for years but they only made me feel worse and gain weight. I had to get a lawyer for my disability and it took 2 years for me to get my disability. I had to visit several doctor before I found the right doctor for me, you need a doctor that listens to to you and someone that has knowledge of this disease. My prayers are with you, I know it gets rough but try to hang in there. God bless.

    • Alicia C

      April 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Hi Sharon, my name is Alicia and I am 52 years old.
      I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the lungs in 2001. I am now living with stage 4 chronic lung disease but I am stable and managing my symptoms with the help of God, great team of doctors and a regiment of medications that seems to be helping me to function better at this time. Praise the Lord!!
      In Nov 2009 I was hospitalized due to pneumonia and was fortunate to have met a great pulmonary specialist, who took special interest in me and my health condition. After, my week stay in the hospital this doctor offered me the opportunity, to continue following my health as a new patient. I was thrilled because he took very good care of me in the hospital and he had a great personality and very importantly , he a good bed side manner. I believe he was God sent because my life was changing in a fast way and I didn’t know what was coming next.
      Therefore I took a moment to pray and think things over and I decided to change my doctor at the “JHH Sarcoidosis Center” to the new doctor I met during my stay in the hospital. I believe I stated seeing the new doctor in Jan 2010 and we worked on a series of test and explored new medications to treat my symptoms and I started feeling much better. However, we started talking about my stressful and challenging job as a social worker and the many environmental exposures was taking a toll on me physically. In May/June 2010, my doctor started looking into my diagnosis to see if it met the disability criteria and if I could possibly apply for State of Marland retirement disability. Praise the Lord I met the criteria and filed and in August 2010 I received approval and officially retired Oct 1, 2010. I hope my testimony has encouraged you and others. I’m willing to continue our dialogue later if you have more questions.

  4. Renee M

    December 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I have recently been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. When I first heard I had it, I was very scared and my doctor knew little to tell me about it. I went online to find out more but I get more lost with all the information. The one thing I do read about is how many people actually have this and survive. I have only began taking steroids just to help with breathing but only wish there was another way. Just wish there was more information on this and people who understand what im going thru so I would know that I am not alone.

  5. Tim Skidmore

    April 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hello everyone, This is my story. I was diagnosed with Neurosarc Sept 2012 , I am Retired former professional M.M.A. fighter and Boxer . I was in phenomenal shape ,took good care of my self and worked hard to stay in shape . I fought my last Professional boxing match March 10 ,2012 by July 2012 I was in a wheelchair , it destroyed some of my organs in my lower abdomen and almost blind from this this disease . Sarcoidosis is no joke !! The medical media portray this disease as not serious and most people don’t know they have it . Im afraid for Miss Tisha ! This disease almost always comes back at a later date in some form . the medications caused more harm than good , Prednisone caused rapid cataracts in both my eyes ,I battled the inflammation for a solid 2 1/2 years finally I tapered myself of Prednisone and them Metholtrexate and my last visit to te Omthamologist was good , the inflammation was almost gone and my vision has been restored in my left eye . however my right is only at about 50% restored . The lesson here is Drs know so little about this disease that they made things worse with all these meds and didn’t know what they were doing ! 3 years later after weaning myself of of these terrible medications I am almost ready to face life again .. I am back in the gym training MMA and almost ready to return to work .. However I know that this diseae could come back at any time and possibly kill me no matter how good of shape I am in .. I eel that if I wasn’t in such good shape in the beginning of all this then It would have killed me very quickly ..

    • Rhonda

      July 22, 2015 at 12:35 am

      I was originally diagnosed 18 years ago. My dr. Dr Randall king at kaiser harbor city, ca knows a lot about this disease which is so refreshing. If you hav Kaiser he is the best

      • Edwina

        February 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

        Hi rhonda my name is edwina i was diagnosed in 2014 with sarcoidosis can you tell me what are some of the things you do to keep healthy i see you have had this for a while thanks in advance if you like you can email me at [email protected]

  6. Joyce Wilson

    August 28, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I too have scarodosis (liver scarodosis ). I was diagnosed 3 years ago now. I passed out last June after attending my brother retirement party from the military. I was in a coma for 3 days. The doctors told my family if they believe in prayer to pray for me because they did all that they could do. It was up to me now if I pull threw. I have been in the hospital 3 different times last year. I was also given predizone and became a diabetic from th ed amount of steroids I had to take..
    I’m doing a lot better this year. Was able to return to work after 9 months. I couldn’t go anywhere with my new best friend Mr. Oxygen Tank (lol) a year ago. Now I’m oxygen free. I’m still having some issues with this disease but I’m so grateful to still be her.

    • Joyce Wilson

      August 28, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      Diabetic from the meds…sorry typo

  7. Kelly Franklin

    September 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I want to thank all of you for sharing about this disease. I was diagnosed with Sarcoidodis in 2004. I had no insurance so I was going to the local community center in my home town for over a year with different medical issues but no answers . I was complaining to the doctor how I had not blown my nose in at least six to nine months. I started noticing small imflamed lumps under my chin. I also went to the eye doctor because I had an enlarged nodule on my eyelid. The eye doctor said it was a cyst and had scheduled to remove it. I decided not to let her do that and thank goodness I didn’t. It turned out that lump was an inflamed nodule. As time went on with test after test for so many diffetent things my body continued to develop other perttuding lumps around my ears, chin and neck. I was finally diagnosed and treated with a high tampering dosage of prednisone. After that I was then disgnosed with diabetes. My Sarcoid is better. I have some scarring on my lungs but I suffer from acute sinusitis and Lupus Pernio. I have been asking my dermatologist for the past year for something stronger than these topical creams for my nose and neck. She had no clue how I have become so self conscious about the deformation on my face. I don’t think she knows of any other treatment for this condition for my nose and neck. Are there any other treatment options available to approach this issue with Lupus Pernio?

  8. Ruth Taylor

    October 3, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    My name is Ruth Taylor and I live in St. Louis, MO. I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2009, after a routine X-ray showed bilateral hilar lymph node enlargement. In other words, enlargement of the lymph nodes in both my lungs, close to the center of my chest. They went in through my neck and down into my right lung and removed two lymph nodes. They told me there was maybe a 60% chance that I had lymphoma, and a small chance that I had sarcoidosis. When I woke up they told me that I did not have lymphoma, but I did have sarcoidosis. They told me that there was no cure and that a good percentage of people go into spontaneous remission. I had had chronic bronchitis for years and years, actually since I was a child, but I had no way to check how long I had had sarcoid. BUT LISTEN UP, THERE IS A CURE. I was not going to sit back and suffer, I started doing research. I found out that there was a Swedish research group that had amazingly isolated a mutated bacteria from the granulomas of sarc patients!!! Before this, the cause of sarcoid was not known at all. They said that in the cell life cycle, the bacteria sheds its cell walls, and at this point the bacteria then invade the macrophage cells, and begin to act more like a virus than a bacteria. They had discovered that a course of the antibioitic Tetracyline was needed to kill the bacteria. This treatment is called The Marshall Protocol. Google Marshall Protocol and you will be able to read all about this, and it worked for me. I am now Sarcoid-free. The closest drug that the doctors have these days is doxycycline. So, my doctors did not believe me when I told them about the research. My lung specialist had not even heard about the Swedish Research!!! I simply could not believe this!!!
    So, every single time I got bronchitis, I specifically asked for doxycycline. I had even had pneumonia, causes by the sarcoidosis probably. I was very ill with the pneumonia, it was so incredibly painful. I had doxycyline many times, because I had bronchitis so many times.
    The doxycyline killed off the good bacteria in my gut, and as a result I got Candidiasis, an overgrowth of the fungus Candida in my intestine. That in itself made me pretty ill. I would get quite ill if I ate any sugar, because that is what the fungus feeds on.
    But, at least my sarcoidosis was finally CURED by myself – always asking for doxycyline. The doctors simply did not believe me when I told them about the Marshall Protocol, but when I was cured, my lung specialist wanted to know all about it!!! Since being cured I have not suffered from a SINGLE BOUT of bronchitis!!! My lungs are healed, but probably with some scarring, but I can finally breath again. I thought I would end up on oxygen, carrying around an oxygen tank, even though I had never smoked. But God had lead me to find out about an effective cure, despite my doctors not believing me whatsoever!!! They should now believe me, because I no longer have any granulomas in my lungs!!!
    Regards, Ruth Taylor – Villa Ridge, Missouri

    • Ruth Taylor

      October 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      I should have mentioned that I was finally given a two-dose course of diflucan, which helped cure the Candidiasis, along with a drug I ordered from Switzerland, and keeping strictly away from sugar for a long time. I can now eat sugar without a problem, Ruth Taylor.

    • Ruth

      October 8, 2015 at 3:50 am

      Google ‘the Marshall Protocol’. A tetracycline antibiotic kills off the bacteria that Swedish scientists have isolated from the sarcoid granulomas. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER LIKE THIS!!!!! My lung specialist doctor had not even heard of this discovery/research! I am cured of sarcoidosis in my lungs! I no longer suffer from chronic bronchitis! READ ABOUT THE RESEARCH! Educate yourself! Don’t sit back and suffer! Be pro-active about your disease. Try to find a doctor that will take you seriously and believe the research, and who will prescribe doxycyline for you. But be careful about getting Candidiasis from taking the antibiotic. Take a pro-biotic while on it, and maybe even take diflucan, which helped me to be cured of the candidiasis, which had made me quite ill.
      Ruth Taylor

      • Mariam

        March 5, 2016 at 5:46 am

        Hi Ruth, I am in the process of being diagnosed with Heart Sarcoidosis, after severe autoimmune response and 2 severe SVT attacks… I felt that the Prednisone brought on the SVT attacks and asked for antibiotics because I read that the autoimmune response might have been in response to some kind of infection. But the doctor refused, said that my lungs and ears are clear… Then today I went to see a dermatologist for severe blistering in the nose and she prescribed Doxycycline 200mg for 6 days to cure the nose mucosa infection. Would this 6 days treatment also cure the Sarcoidosis? Also what probiotics do you recommend? Thank you,

      • Michele marie

        August 9, 2016 at 11:49 am

        Im happy for you!

  9. Tina Tumer

    April 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hi, im Tina i was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2005 my symptons started November 2004. I thought i had a cold but my lymph nodes in my neck instantly swollen up. The cold lasted over a month and I had no taste buds and started dropping weight. Over a three month period o went from weighing 172lbs to 133lbs. Finally i was diagnosed and prescribed prednisones. I had to go to doctor for regular blood tests and pulmonary test. But after 2yrs of treatment i went into remission and im happy to say that im still living a healthy lifestyle.

  10. Mark

    April 5, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I have been fighting this illness over 20 years and although it is deemed “NOT FATAL” is really is! The process is just slower, I am totally blind in my right eye, I have nodules on my kidneys, lungs, and brain. I lost one of my vocal chords and I have severe lymphedema in my right leg from SARCOIDOSIS.

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