Superstar seeking rejuvenation and respite from disease symptoms
Logan, Utah. September 19, 2017 – Declaration of Sharon Waldrop, vice president of the National Association of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain in the recent announcement of Lady Gaga that she suffers from the disease:
“We congratulate Lady Gaga for the incredibly brave act of revealing his diagnosis of fibromyalgia. By sharing your story with the world, he is giving voice to the approximately five million Americans like me, overwhelmingly women who suffer from the disease.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by a long list of symptoms, including chronic pain and debilitating fatigue. The cause is still unknown, there is no cure and no effective treatments and understanding. Better treatments and a cure can be found, if we raise awareness of the disease and the devastating challenges posed by millions of American families every day.
invisibility of fibromyalgia and misunderstanding in the public about its effects often leaves people afraid to disclose their diagnosis. When I was diagnosed I thought my life was over. My body suddenly felt healthy after bad bruised and broken even though on the outside looked quite well. I even cry for using my parking pass disabilities, because people did not believe it was mine. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia could be your friends, colleagues, neighbors and family members, who have been suffering in silence with this disease for years. It is our hope that brave act of Lady Gaga to step forward into the light will inspire others to do the same.
More answers are out there, but we need everyone’s help to advocate for more resources to finding them. We urge the public to contact their legislators and ask them to implement and fund the National Pain Strategy developed by the Department of Health and Human Services to address the burden of chronic pain in the United States. We hope to continue our work in finding a cure for fibromyalgia. With the support and participation of leaders like Lady Gaga, the government, advocates and patients, no goal is unattainable “.
The National Association of Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia is your partner in the fight against fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Our goal is to end chronic pain conditions derailing lives by promoting early diagnosis, conduct scientific research for a cure, and the defense of adequate, accessible and affordable treatments.