“It just became a lot. I'm only 24 years old, taking 10 to 12 pills every single day,” Cori Broadus, who was diagnosed with lupus at age 6, tells PEOPLE
The 24-year-old — who is the daughter of the rapper, 49, and wife Shanté — recently spoke to PEOPLE about the huge strides she’s made in her health journey.
“I've been good, better than I've ever been,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively, revealing that she went “all natural” and recently took a more holistic approach to her health after a difficult journey that included a 2021 suicide attempt.
“I stopped taking all of my medication like five months ago,” Broadus reveals. “I'm just doing everything natural, all types of herbs, sea moss, teas.
“I started working out, drinking lots of water,” she adds. “So now I think my body's like, okay, this is the new program and she's getting used to it.”
Broadus admits that she made the transition because she’s been going through the same routine nearly her entire life after being diagnosed with lupus at age 6. She says constantly taking medications would make her “feel like I was going insane.”
“I've had medication since I was 6 years old, depending on these drugs all my life. So I wanted better for myself,” she says. “I wanted to change because it just became a lot. I'm only 24 years old, taking 10 to 12 pills every single day. So I kind of just went cold Turkey.”
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakes healthy tissues as foreign invaders and attacks them rather than targeting the bad bacteria and viruses. It causes inflammation that can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. There is currently no cure for the disease.
In addition to her natural remedies, Broadus has been focused on fitness as well, no matter how “hard it is to get out of bed in the morning.”
She says she goes to gym regularly, working with a personal trainer alongside her fiancé Wayne — and the work is paying off.
“My body is not achy,” she explains. “When you have lupus, that's one of the number one things. You have achy joints, you have arthritis. And now I'm like, damn, I'm not complaining about my knees, my feet, my hands, my back.”
Despite the progress, Broadus says she knows there’s still more lifestyle changes to make that could benefit her health.
“It's continuously a learning process because there's so much more I could be doing,” she explains, noting that she still struggles with “eating terribly” and “not getting the proper rest.”
“If I can do a whole 360 change and just get healthy all around, I think I would be so good,” she says. “But I tell people all the time, it’s a day-by-day process. Things are going to take time. Nothing is going to happen overnight.”
That’s why Broadus has been candid about her health and wellness journey on social media.
She says she wants to people to understand that although she’s “doing good” right now, it’s a “constant battle” for her both physically and mentally, reflecting on her past struggles with body positivity and depression — including her suicide attempt.
“I have days where I'm sick, but I'm still blessed and able to do what I love to do and to tell my story,” Broadus shares. “But then there's days I'm like, ‘Wow, I wish I wasn't sick. What would my life be if I was just a normal girl?’ It's part of being human. You're going to have bad days, you're not going to always have good days.”
Although lupus is a chronic disease and there is currently no cure for it, Broadus is optimistic and says she sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
“I want to be okay,” Broadus tells PEOPLE. “You're not going to always be okay, and that's okay because we're human, but I want to be okay overall, mentally, physically. And we’re going to get there.”
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.
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