Newly married Hollywood star Julia Roberts
is reportedly battling a rare blood disease that could kill her if she becomes pregnant. According to friends of Oscar winner, just days after her July 4 wedding to cameraman Danny Moder
, her new husband noticed some disturbing black and blue marks on her skin. Pals say Julia was especially worried because she was bruising easily and tired often, so she decided to visit a doctor. And American tabloid the Star
now claims that she may be suffering from an extremely rare condition known as Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (Itp). The illness destroys platelets in the blood and affects the body's ability to stop bleeding, and if it turns out Julia does have ITP, it could make pregnancy potentially fatal for her. A pal says, "Julia wants to be a mother more than anything in the world. If she has this disease, it could make that an impossibility. She had actually been happy for the first time in a long time. She had found the love of her life. And then this potential setback." The friend continues, "Danny really loves her and would never want to endanger her life in any way. If she is diagnosed with Itp, they could always adopt." According to sources, the Erin Brockovich
star was told by her doctor that something as simple as a common cold or even stress could bring on the condition. And pals claim that the stress of getting her new husband divorced from his wife Vera could easily have added to her potential condition - as well as the news that her ex-boyfriend of four years Benjamin Bratt
is expecting a child with his new spouse Talisa Soto
. A friend explains, "At one time, Julia desperately wanted to have that child with him. She knew how much Ben wanted children - a family. It's the most important thing in the world for him and now he's going to have his first child - only with someone else. And it's tearing her apart that his wish is coming true and hers may never happen."