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Nick Cannon, the 32-year-old comedian turned entertainment mogul, recently opened up about how a kidney failure last year changed his life.
Last year, Cannon suffered from a mild kidney failure and blood clots which was later diagnosed as lupus nephritis. However Cannon recently revealed how the ordeal changed his life in a positive way.
"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," Cannon said in Rolling Out magazine recently. "I was a brand-new father - my kids weren't even 1-year-olds at the time."
Cannon's wife Mariah Carey broke the news about her husband's health scare on Twitter last year and let fans know just how serious the matter was.
"Please pray for Nick as he's fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure," Carey wrote. "We're trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful."
Cannon said his health issues made him focus on the important things in life.
"..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,'" Cannon told Rolling Out. "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."
The entertainer spoke about how other people could learn from his situation.
"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," Cannon told Rolling Out. "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."