Lady Gaga revealed last week that she has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and fans and fibro warriors have responded with love and support.
Last week she announced on Twitter that her upcoming Netflix documentary Five Foot Two, which follows her through the making of her latest album, will discuss her challenges with chronic pain.
“In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal with is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it,” she wrote.
A couple of days after that announcement she cancelled her Joanne World Tour show in Brazil due to her health, saying she said she had been taken to the hospital in “severe pain,” and that she was “devastated” and asking for “grace and understanding” from her fans.
Then yesterday she postponed the entire European leg of her tour until next year.
“I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference.
“I use the word ‘suffer’ not for pity, or attention, and I have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, or making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter.
“I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love most in the world: performing for my fans.”
Since Lady Gaga’s reveal, many of her fans have opened up about their experiences with the condition.
One fan tweeted, “It’s incredible how just this one tweet has created a discussion about fibromyalgia and chronic pain and is allowing many to open up.”