With some illnesses, it’s obvious the person is suffering. But with others, the way a person looks on the outside can deceive the eyes into thinking everything is fine.No one is immune to these invisible illnesses, not even celebrities. Recently, musician superstar Lady Gage had to cancel her tour because of her own health hardships.
After suffering from chronic pain, Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her tour. Her pain is caused by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia “is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues” and women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men, according to the Mayo Clinic. She wrote a letter to her fans, apologizing and explaining the situation:
“I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out,” Gaga wrote. “As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference.”
Because of her own struggles with fibromyalgia, Lady Gaga created a new documentary that premiered on Netflix in September, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” which shows how she deals with her chronic pain. She hopes to raise awareness and to help others who also have fibromyalgia.
Scary Mommy shared a quote from Lady Gaga from a press conference at the Toronto Film Festival, where she explained her need to open up about her own trials with fibromyalgia: “There is an element and a very strong piece of me that believes pain is a microphone. My pain does me no good unless I transform it into something that is. So I hope people watching it who do struggle with chronic pain know that they’re not alone.”
Lady Gaga reaches out, and people respond
By sharing her experience, she is connecting to others with the same or similar struggles.
One follower said:
I’m in tears right now. Thank you for bringing awareness to fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed at 17, it’s not easy but we’re fighters Gaga
There is strength in reaching out to others because your voice gives a voice to the voiceless. People can know they’re not alone when others share their own struggles, whether it’s the same, or something similar.