Social Media’s Reaction to Lady Gaga’s Fibromyalgia Announcement

Social Media’s Reaction to Lady Gaga’s Fibromyalgia Announcement
You probably have heard that Lady Gaga has fibromyalgia. If you are on social media, I don’t know how you could have missed it. My first thought was how wonderful that someone with her level of fame is speaking about this illness. Now maybe we can get some validation and bring some legitimacy to a misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated illness. I also perused the comments sections under the articles. Bad idea! I thought I had heard it all when it comes to the misconceptions regarding FM. I soon realized that wasn’t the case at all.  People lose their filters when they comment on social media. The anonymity makes it easier for people to say whatever they want without thinking or caring about the consequences. It isn’t as intimidating as saying it to a person’s face. It is a cowardly way to go, but sadly, it is becoming the norm. Here are a few samples of the ignorant comments I found: “It isn’t Fibromyalgia. It is an acute case of an adult seeking attention.” “When emotional pain is not acknowledged or tackled, it will oft times express itself through the body and in the form of physical pain and symptoms. Fibromyalgia is a classic example of this.” “It's called depression and hypochondria.” “Friend of mine has that too, and they're pretty sure it came from too much partying.” “Sadly there are some fibromyalgia sufferers who like to be competitively ill.” “The real name is Wimpy White Woman Syndrome.” “I don't believe it's real. It's a made up term to make people feel good about having 'something'. It even sounds scary!” “Fibromyalgia is what used to be called getting older.” And the comment that won the contest for most sexist and rude was: “I’d love to fibro her myalgia.
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