De: Maria Benson
Logan, Utah. Statement by Sharon Waldrop, vice president of the National Association of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain at the recent announcement by Lady Gaga that she suffers from the disease:
“We congratulate Lady Gaga on the incredibly courageous act of revealing her diagnosis of fibromyalgia. By sharing his story with the world, it 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 debilitating fatigue. The cause is still unknown, there is no cure and it lacks effective treatments and understanding. Better treatments and a cure can be found if we make people aware of the disease and the devastating challenges it presents 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 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 can be your friends, colleagues, neighbors and family members, who have been suffering from this disease for years. We hope that Lady Gaga’s courageous gesture to move forward will inspire others to do the same.
There are more answers, but we need the help of everyone to argue for more resources to find them. We urge the public to contact their lawmakers and ask them to implement and finance the national pain strategy developed by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to address the burden of chronic pain in America. . We look forward to continuing our work to find a cure for fibromyalgia. With the support and participation of leaders such as 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 by destroying human lives by promoting early diagnosis, encouraging scientific research for treatment and advocating suitable, accessible and affordable treatments. Become an online member of fmcpaware.org.
This article was originally published on fmcpaware.org.