*Snoop Dogg and his wife Shante have revealed that their 11-year-old daughter Cori – aka Choc — suffers from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.

The rapper said he first noticed something wrong five years ago when a light spot appeared on Cori’s face. Weeks later, the youngster was losing drastic amounts of weight and her hair was falling out. Despite visiting countless doctors, no one was able to offer the rapper and his family a diagnosis.

“I felt helpless,” Snoop told People while fighting back tears. “No power, no friends.”

His wife Shanté adds, “No one could tell me what was wrong. They drew tons of blood and said she has old-person cells. They gave her all kinds of [medication]. But she went downhill.”

Once lupus was diagnosed months later, Snoop and his family began exhaustive research of the disease, which ultimately brought his family closer together.

“She’s the toughest little thing I’ve ever met,” the rapper says of his daughter. “She’s on the honor roll, playing volleyball and softball, living life. She has all this joy. In the beginning lupus was winning. But now Cori is.”