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Comedy queen Kristen Johnston diagnosed with 'rare form of lupus'

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Actress Kristen Johnston, who rose to fame on 3rd Rock from the Sun, is dealing with a rough medical condition. On Wednesday, Johnston used her Facebook page as a platform to explain her absence from a few upcoming episodes of The Exes, which airs on the TV Land network.

According the the post, Johnston has a rare form of the autoimmune disease lupus called lupus myelitis. The immune system, in lupus patients, backfires and actually attacks healthy cells and tissues. Lupus myelitis involves inflammation of the spinal cord.

Johnston wrote: "I just was diagnosed 2 days ago with a rare form of Lupus called 'Lupus Myelitis.' I'm not on my death bead...far from it. I'm gonna be fine."

Johnston, 46, said she had been feeling sick since September.

Apparently, several gossip agencies had been reporting on the subject and she eventually got specific.

"I'm not trying to be 'coy,' 'relevant' or 'get attention,'" she wrote. "I just wanted to have a few weeks of privacy to navigate it & receive treatment."

Johnston has publicly thanked her colleagues at TV Land for their staunch support.

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