Occasionally he grabs his left shoulder and makes a face. It hurts when you walk, when you sit still, when you get up from your sofa and when you take a false step in a wet meadow. It hurts more. It seems a kind of agony, although he never mentions it. There are times when he cannot help showing this, the consequences of a car accident four years ago, in which the car he was driving turned and rolled, leaving Freeman and a friend who were taken out of the car with the Life Jaws. Despite surgery to repair nerve damage, he was trapped with a useless left hand. It is strongly grasped by a compression glove most of the time to ensure that blood does not accumulate there. It is a pincer, its pain, an icy blow to a relatively useless limb. He does not like to show it, but there are times when he cannot avoid getting lost in a grimace that ends the world. It’s such a big gesture
“It’s fibromyalgia,” he says when asked. “Up and down the arm. That’s where it gets so bad. Incruciating. ”
This means that Morgan Freeman cannot fly jets as he used to, a hobby he assumed at sixty-five. He can no longer navigate so well. There was a time when I was sailing alone to the Caribbean and hid for two or three weeks in a row. “It was complete isolation,” he says. “It was the best way to find silence, how I found time to read.” No more. He cannot trust himself in one arm. He can’t drive, not a stick anyway, nor the way he used to do it, that is, fast, open, dedicated to what the car can do. And he can’t ride so much on horseback, although he once rode every day.
He never mentions any of that as a loss, although how could it be something else? It never revolves about the injustice of this. “There is a point for changes like these. I have to move on to other things, to other conceptions of myself. I play golf. I still work. And I can be very happy just by walking on the ground. ”
Wait. How can you play golf with a cut wing like this? How can you hit a stick when you can’t raise one of your arms?
“I play with just one hand,” he tells me. “I swing with my right arm.”
How does that work for you?
“Check it out for yourself,” he says. “I’m playing at 3:00 today.”
Freeman’s revelation that he has fibromyalgia spread like wildfire through the FM community. Finally, here was a celebrity from list A who recognized that he had been diagnosed with FM. A handful of other celebrities have had the courage to talk about their FM, for which we are extremely grateful, but so far none has had the power of Morgan Freeman’s super star.
Almost immediately, FM patients and advocates began asking Freeman to speak on behalf of others with fibromyalgia. It is even rumored that a large national FM organization has approached him about being his spokesperson. While most of the FM community seems to strongly support that idea, some have questioned the wisdom that Freeman is an FM spokesman.
From what I have read, those who doubt that Freeman represents the FM community seem to have three concerns:
Do you really have fibromyalgia since you only mentioned pain in your left shoulder and arm?
It is still very active and, therefore, would present an inaccurate picture of how debilitating FM can be.
Since most people with FM are women, as a man it would not be representative of most patients.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these concerns.
Do you really have fibromyalgia? – I have to admit that the first time I read the article, I also wondered if it had been correctly diagnosed. But when I reread it, I noticed that he said: “Up and down the arm. That’s where it gets so bad. Unbearable “. His statement, “That’s where it gets so bad,” it seems he probably has another pain, but the pain in his arm is the worst. For many years, I could have made a similar statement about my left hip. Although I had pain all over my body almost all the time, it was the pain in my hip that was generally the worst.
We must also remember that the purpose of this interview was not to discuss Freeman’s fibromyalgia. The author simply noticed that Freeman grimaced several times and asked about it. It is logical that Freeman only mentioned the pain he was experiencing at the time. Or maybe he went into more details, but when he wrote the article, Chiarella chose to include only what he considered most important.
So, is it if Freeman really has fibromyalgia as a valid concern? Absolutely. When we talk about someone as a spokesperson for a disease, it is legitimate to want to be sure that they really have the disease. We simply should not reach any conclusions based on an isolated statement.
Morgan Freeman opens his ‘fight’ on fibromyalgia
Your activity level does not show an accurate FM image. People with FM fall into a wide range of functional skills. Freeman seems to work quite well as he continues to work and play golf. However, the article noted that he has had to give up several activities he loved. On the other hand, some people with FM are completely disabled, unable to handle even basic self-care tasks. The rest of us fall somewhere in between. While Freeman’s level of activity should not prevent him from representing people with FM, I hope that part of his message is to describe how debilitating FM can be and explain that different patients have different levels of disability.
As a man, he is not representative of the average FM patient. – Frankly, I think the fact that he is a man with FM is something positive. Like it or not, when it comes to health problems, men still have more credibility than women. Studies have shown that health professionals are more likely to take a man’s symptoms seriously, but attribute a woman’s symptoms to emotional causes. Although acceptance of FM has advanced a lot in recent years, there are still some people, including some medical professionals, who do not believe it is real. Therefore, having a well-known and respected man like Morgan Freeman talking about FM could help improve our credibility among skeptics.
Given the repeated urgencies of intensifying and being a spokesperson for fibromyalgia, I sometimes wonder if Freeman wishes he had never mentioned it. He probably never dreamed of saying a single word in the middle of a multi-hour interview that would attract so much attention.
In our enthusiasm to have a prominent celebrity like Morgan Freeman who speaks on our behalf, I think we should consider how doing so could affect his life. Years ago, celebrities went out of their way to keep any health problem secret because revealing a disease could ruin their careers. Although Hollywood seems to be accepting a little more these days, I suspect there are still doubts about choosing an actor with a known health problem. And even if his career is not a major concern, Freeman seems to me the type of man who prefers not to stop at his pain and what he cannot do, but rather to go ahead and concentrate on what he can do.
Yes, it would be wonderful if Morgan Freeman decided to become a fibromyalgia advocate. The entire FM community would receive it with open arms. Your support could work wonders to raise awareness and raise money for research. But, ultimately, it is a personal decision: each of us has to decide what is best for our lives at any given time. While I hope you choose to use your celebrity to help others with FM, I will respect your decision in any way.