Introduction

As you may know i have been fairly bad recently, I have had a lot going on and my Fibromyalgia and other problems mean my health is quite unstable at the moment. I have wanted to write an easy, quick, blog post for some time but haven’t been able too. After waking sometime after 3pm its now 5pm and I might be on the ball enough to write a quick post.

Inspiration

Browsing through twitter I saw a tweet from @chronicpaindad giving a link to an about.com article “Why I Hope Morgan Freeman Becomes a Fibromyalgia Spokesman” and I realised I did not even know Morgan Freeman had Fibromyalgia. So I started a little browsing and found a few other famous faces with Fibromyalgia (Don’t worry I don’t know half of them either)

Morgan Freeman

Probably the most famous of “Hollywood” actors with Fibromyalgia. It looks like he had a fairly serious car accident where he needed to be cutting out of the vehicle and, as with a lot of Fibromyalgia patients attributes the onset of his Fibromyalgia to this physical trauma. In his case he also had surgery to repair nerve damage in his left hand which is interesting for the theorists of Fibromyalgia being a condition where nerves are damaged or malfunction in some way. Morgan Freeman still has various problems with the use of his left hand and has referred to it as being, at times, “useless”. Obviously this is quite a severe problem in itself besides Fibromyalgia and he sometimes has to have is hand under compression to stop blood “pooling” in his hand.

Wikipedia Entry

With this news I also had a little look round the Internet to find out who else we may recognise with the condition.

Sinead O’Conner

This Grammy-winning Irish singer-songwriter never shied away from controversy throughout her career. Named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1991. O’Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a cover of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. She also announced her retirement from music in 2003 due to the severe pain and fatigue caused by her fibromyalgia, however, since then she has returned to music.

Wikipedia Entry

Susan Flannery

This four-time Emmy-winning actress played the ruthless and family-driven Stephanie Forrester on the daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful since 1987. In 2007, Susan made news headlines after she asked the show for medical leave, in an attempt to treat her ongoing battle with fibromyalgia. Although Susan has returned to her role as the monarchy of the Forrester family. She still struggles with her fibromyalgia, but she reportedly takes her condition day by day.

Wikipedia Entry

Rosie Hamlin

Lead singer of the ’60s band Rosie and the Originals, Rosie became one of the greatest singers of her era, topping the favorites list of fellow musicians like John Lennon. In 2004, Hamlin appeared on the cover of Fibromyalgia Aware magazine where she discussed her struggle to overcome debilitating pain while touring, as a result of fibromyalgia. Although her love of singing will never die, she’s given up touring and headed down another career path as a painter or rather a “Pathpainter”.

Wikipedia Entry

Michael James Hastings

Although I cant find him on IMDB or Wikipedia you are supposed to know him as Captain Mike from the TV series “The West Wing,” but he has also worked as a church counselor for three years and as a public school teacher for 10 years. At the age of 30, Hastings was diagnosed with fibromyalgia which eventually forced him into early retirement. Michael became a national spokesperson for the disorder, and promotes the Enzymatic Therapy line of vitamin supplements, which claim to help reduce certain symptoms of fibromyalgia. Mike promoted their supplements by touring health food stores throughout Los Angeles, and providing customers with information. He is now reported to be undertaking a PhD in Educational Technology.

Frances Winfield Bremer

Wife of Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, Frances has struggled with fibromyalgia for over 30 years and she’s now the official spokesperson for the disorder. Like Rosie Hamlin she also been featured on the cover of Fibromyalgia Aware Magazine for promoting awareness of the disorder and passing on motivation to those that also suffer. She and her husband have made numerous joint appearances to speak about the disorder and let people know that it’s a serious condition. They’ve also raised money for various fibromyalgia organisations.

Wikipedia Entry

Florence Nightingale

Here is a controversial one to round off. Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in health during the Victorian period. She also wrote about health conditions and dietary information based on notes about patients she’d treated during her time in the Ottoman Empire. Her first book, published in 1858, was called Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency and Hospital Administration of the British Army. Her fibromyalgia was triggered by an infection, and she was finally bedridden in 1896. After years of struggling with this disorder, she died in her sleep at the age of 90.

Wikipedia Entry

Further Reading

Well, its taken be nearly 24 hours and it was supposed to be a quick post, but there we go. If your at all interested in reading more here are some of the websites I used to write the article. “Why I Hope Morgan Freeman Becomes a Fibromyalgia Spokesman” By Adrienne Dellwo on About.com, Article by Kelly Green on Green Celebrity Network, “Celebrities With Fibromyalgia” Written by Brandon Fowler on healthline.com, “Faces of Famous People with Fibromyalgia” by Emily on Inspired Living with Fibromyalgia, “Famous fibromyalgia people: from Job to the Bold and Beautiful” on fibromyalgia-information-relief.com, “Celebrities with Fibromyalgia” on Jennifer’s Fibro Story.