Yes, the media released Lady Gaga’s announcement that she has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The millionaire pop culture performer has fibromyalgia. If Lady Gaga can be up on that stage, dancing and singing, so can we! Right? Well, get ready to be compared to fibromyalgia’s new face because that is who you are now up against.
What did Magic Johnson do for the HIV population? He ‘normalized’ this horrific, life ending, disease. He made it seem possible to lead a full life while continuing his professional persona as a guy who was ‘dealing’ and living life with HIV. We dropped our fear of this deadly epidemic because an LA Lakers basketball player seemed to be handling his diagnosis with ease. The number of people contracting this virus skyrocketed. As did the number of death related AID’s cases.
These are public figures putting a face to the name of diseases we have been too ashamed at times to admit we have. So, on one hand, the stigma will lift, on the other hand, we will be compared to these well-known public figures.
Why can’t I deal with my fibromyalgia, like Lady Gaga???
First of all, I am not a millionaire. I’m border-line poor. The medical expenses that come with caring for the symptoms of this disease are insurmountable at times. I can’t afford to have fibromyalgia. Lady Gaga can afford it.
Second, I do not have a ‘staff’ to help me deal with my fibromyalgia. I do not have a manager, an assistant, a personal chef, a maid, a physical therapist, a massage therapist, an acupuncturist, a personal nurse and doctor, all at my beck and call. I can’t afford a team of people to care for me. Lady Gaga can.
Get ready Fibro Warriors, we thought we were misunderstood before!?!? We now will be compared to a woman, who has no financial issues, paving the road for us … while we search for a detour!
In conclusion, I want to apologize to all of those people whose lives have been touched by the HIV/AIDs epidemic. I, too, believed it was possible to live like “Magic” with this deadly disease. I was so wrong. I am so very sorry.