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WENN reports Queen Latifah has revealed that her mother has been battling the autoimmune disease scleroderma, insisting the diagnosis has brought them closer,

Queen Latifah had said simply that her mom Rita Owens, 64, had “gone through some medical challenges.” But now, Latifah reveals her mom has been struggling with the incurable condition scleroderma, which has caused scar tissue to build up in the lungs, resulting in high blood pressure and excess fibrous connective tissue, making it hard for her to breathe.

Latifah told People magazine, “When you’re dealing with someone who’s not feeling well, you want to protect them.”

Latifah’s mom Rita Owens decided to go public with her health crisis in a bid to help others who may be dealing with the condition. Latifah, who moved her mom into her California home last year so she could care for her, insists she is “stable” and “doing ok.” Latifah said, “It’s not 100 percent, but we’re treating it and having some results… We’ve gotten so close this year, with everything we’ve been going through.”

Rita Owens told People Magazine, “I feel better than blessed.”

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