Because he walked on and let the world know about his disease, Michael J. Fox has become a kind of “one man.” Due to his plight with disease, he gained national focus and received national sympathy. I welcome him for “taking a stand” and making him aware of a disease and paying attention to Parkinson ‘s research, which is so much needed. However, his work was fairly easy. He’s a celebrity.
What about Jim?
Fibromyalgia is present in Jim. He’s not known, and many people won’t know about the illness he’s struggling with every day. His grandchildren fading away from him, because “grandpa” can’t do anything “groupp” any more, he is in constant pain, he fears to lose his wife because he is unable to be “a man.” His friends no longer call because one time he was “sick.”
What about Chuck?
Fibro, Chuck ‘s got. He’s not famous, nor will so many people know about his illness. Chuck’s wife left him already. His doctors still think that everything is in his head, and with him there’s really nothing wrong. He had a car accident and he ended up having a fibromyalgia diagnosis. One of his physicians treats him as nothing more that a drug addict who just wants medicines. The “invisible disease.” Yeah, he wants medicines. For his chronic pain he wants treatment.
What about Ralf?
Ralf is also suffering from fibromyalgia. Ralf,s one who is never going to know about fibromyalgia. Ralf has trouble showing his pain and feelings, and people are afraid he’ll be shunned by his illness. He is scared to let anybody know that he’s hurt. Ralf is known to do things, to go on board and to stay for days in bed, only to prevent everyone from knowing that they are in pain. Dave’s been very angry , frustrated and very painful.
What about Joe?
Joe has fibromyalgia in his body. When it’s his pain and illness, Joe is a soldier. He never abandons, promotes other people with the disease and seldom shows a bad attitude. He ‘s got his good days and the bad days, but some day he’s always looking forward to a cure. His wife and close-knit family are supportive. But he lost his job because of the illness and had to be handicapped. Joe is active in his local support group, and other people are known to help cope. Joe’s that kind of person, even without fibromyalgia, you want to know.
What about Mario?
Fibromyalgia is present in Mario. He’s so serious and he just gets out of his house, seldom. He’s a wheelchair. His quality life is very small and his only expectation is chronic pain. He is suffering from panic attacks, bowel syndrome, chronic sleeping conditions, shortness of breath and a number of other “fibromyalgia cousins.” It is up to others to assist him daily. Most of his friends are on the Internet and talk to him from a distance only when he feels up and chats.
What about Mill?
Fibromyalgia is present at Mill. Mill continues to try and keep a full-time job. He begins to call more and more in sick. His boss is pressing him ever more quickly and not to call sick. He couldn’t help, because he couldn’t work for days. His medical accounts are on the increase, his financial condition is decreasing and his family is becoming ill. His doctor says that he needs to reduce stress because stress exacerbates Fibro. The receptionist tells him that they need a payment on his way out of the doctors’ office. It’s a wicked circle. His medicines and other financial burdens increase every day.
Men are raised to think men are not crying. They are told to “shake it off” and to “take it like a man.” Men fix things, the hunting men, the breadwinner, the head of the household, men are supposed to. From a very young age, men are flooded with such concepts. To so many men with chronic pain, pain shows weakness. Fibro is not shaking off. Fibro is not shaking away. It doesn’t give up fibromyalgia. For anyone or anything, it doesn’t stop.