From: Maria Benson
Logan, Utah. Statement by Sharon Waldrop, vice president of the National Association of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain in Lady Gaga’s recent announcement that she suffers from the disease:
“We congratulate Lady Gaga for the incredibly courageous act of revealing her fibromyalgia diagnosis. By sharing her story with the world, she gives voice to the five million Americans who are so fond of me – an overwhelming majority of women – who suffer from the disease. Fibromyalgia is characterized by a long list of symptoms including chronic pain and fatigue debilitating The cause is still unknown, there is no cure and lack effective treatment and understanding. Better treatments and a cure can be found by educating people about the disease and the devastating challenges it poses to millions of American families every day.
The invisibility of fibromyalgia and the public misunderstanding about its effects often make people afraid to reveal their diagnosis. When I had the diagnosis of the disease, I thought my life was over. My body, once healthy, suddenly felt bruised and broken, although I looked very good on the outside. I was even called to use my parking pass for people with disabilities because people did not believe it was mine. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia may be their friends, colleagues, neighbors and family members who have suffered from this condition for years. We hope that the courageous gesture of Lady Gaga to move forward will inspire others to do the same.
There are more answers, but we need everyone’s help to ask for more resources to find them. We urge the public to contact their legislators and ask them to implement and fund the national pain strategy developed by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to address the burden of chronic pain in the United States. . We look forward to continuing our work to find a cure for fibromyalgia. With the support and participation of leaders like Lady Gaga, the government, lawyers and patients, no goal is unattainable. “
The National Association of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain is your partner in the fight against fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Our goal is to end chronic pain, destroying human lives, promoting early diagnosis, encouraging scientific research for treatment and advocating for adequate, affordable and accessible treatments. Become an online member of fmcpaware.org.
This article was originally published at fmcpaware.org.