Every now and then, he grabs her left shoulder and grimaces. It hurts when he walks, when he is still, when he gets up and when he goes wrong in a wet meadow. More than bad. It seems like a kind of agony, although he never talks about it. There are times he can’t help but show this, the fallout from a car crash four years ago, in which the car he was driving would roll over and drop, leaving Freeman and a friend behind. get pulled out of the car using Jaws of Life. Despite having surgery to repair the nerve damage, he ended up with an unnecessary left hand. Most of the time, it is grabbed with a compression glove to make sure blood does not pool in it. It is a clamp, its pain, a blow of ice a relatively useless member. He doesn’t like to show it off, but there are times he can’t help but get lost in an end-of-the-world grin. It’s such a big gesture,
“It’s fibromyalgia,” he says when asked. “Up and down the arm. This is where it gets so serious. Atrociously. “
This means Morgan Freeman can no longer fly jets like he once did, a hobby he adopted at the age of sixty-five. He can no longer navigate too. At one time, he would travel alone to the Caribbean and go into hiding for two or three weeks at a time. “It was complete isolation,” he says. “It was the best way for me to find silence, how I found the time to read.” No more. He can’t trust an arm. He can’t drive, not a stick anyway, not like he used to be – fast, wide open, dedicated to what the car can do. And he can’t ride that much, although he rides once every day.
He never talks about it as a loss, but how could it be otherwise? He never alludes to the unfairness of the situation. “There is a point to changes like these. I have to move on, to other conceptions of myself. I play golf. I am still working. And I can be happy enough to walk the land. ”
Wait. How can he play golf with a wing cut like that? How can you swing a club when you can’t lift one of your arms?
“I play with one hand,” he told me. “I swing with my right arm.”
How is it going for you?
“See for yourself,” he said. “I’m playing at 3:00 pm today.”
Freeman’s revelation that fibromyalgia is spreading like wildfire in the FM community. Finally, here is a celebrity on the Recognized Person List who diagnosed FM. A handful of other celebrities have had the courage to talk about their FM, for which we are extremely grateful to them, but none of them have had the Morgan Freeman superstar yet.
Almost immediately, patients and FM advocates began asking Freeman to speak for others with fibromyalgia. According to some rumors, a large national radio organization approached him to be their spokesperson. While most members of the FM community seem to strongly support this idea, a few have questioned Freeman’s wisdom as an FM spokesperson.
From what I’ve read, those who are hesitant about Freeman, representing the FM community, seem to have three concerns:
Does he really have fibromyalgia since he only mentioned pain in his shoulder and left arm?
He is still very active and would therefore present an inaccurate picture of the fragility of FM.
Since most people with FM are women, as a man it would not be representative of the majority of patients.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these concerns.
Does he really have fibromyalgia? – I have to admit that the first time I read the article, I also wondered if it had been diagnosed correctly. But when I reread it, I noticed he said, “Up and down the arm. This is where it gets so serious. Atrociously “. His statement, “This is where it gets so bad,” seems like he’s probably having other pains, but it’s the pain in his arm that’s the worst. For many years, I could have made a similar statement about my left hip. Although I felt body-wide pain almost all the time, it was usually the hip pain that was 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 was grimacing on several occasions and asked him about it. It makes sense that Freeman would only mention the pain he was feeling at the time. Or maybe he went into specifics, but when writing the article, Chiarella chose to include only what she thought was most important.
So, is the question of whether Freeman really has fibromyalgia a valid concern? Absolutely. When we are talking about someone who is the spokesperson for a disease, it is legitimate to want to be sure that they actually have the disease. We just shouldn’t jump to conclusions based on an isolated statement.
Morgan Freeman opens his “fight” against fibromyalgia
Its activity level does not give an accurate picture of FM. People with FM have many functional abilities. Freeman seems to be doing quite well as he continues to work and play golf. The article noted, however, that he had had to give up several activities he enjoyed. 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 shouldn’t stop him from representing people with FM, I hope he will be part of his post to describe how debilitating FM can be and to explain that different patients have different levels of disability.
As a male, he is not representative of the average FM patient. – Frankly, I think that he is a man with FM is a positive thing. Whether we like it or not, when it comes to health, men always have more credibility than women. Studies have shown that healthcare professionals are more likely to take a man’s symptoms seriously, but to attribute a woman’s symptoms to emotional causes. While acceptance of FM has come a long way in recent years, there are still people, including medical professionals, who don’t believe it is real. Therefore, having a well-known and well-respected man like Morgan Freeman talking about FM could help improve our credibility with skeptics.
Given the repeated pressures to step in and be a spokesperson for fibromyalgia, I sometimes wonder if Freeman wishes he had never mentioned it. He had probably never dreamed of saying that a word in the middle of an interview lasting several hours would attract so much attention.
In our excitement that a celebrity like Morgan Freeman is speaking on our behalf, I think we need to keep in mind the consequences this could have for her life. Years ago, celebrities did everything in their power to keep all health problems a secret because disclosure of an illness risked losing their careers. Although Hollywood seems to be a little more tolerant these days, I guess there is still some hesitation about casting an actor with a known medical condition. And while his career isn’t a major concern, Freeman strikes me as the kind of man who prefers not to dwell on his pain and what he can’t do, but rather move forward. and focus on what he can do.
Yes, it would be wonderful if Morgan Freeman decided to become a supporter of fibromyalgia. The whole FM community would welcome him with open arms. Its support could do wonders in raising awareness and raising funds for research. But at the end of the day, it’s a personal decision: each of us must decide what is best for our life at any given time. While I hope he chooses to use his fame to help others with FM, I will respect his decision anyway.