I use the word “suffer” not for pity or attention and have been told I’m dramatic and making it up. I’ve been a fighter no matter what I’ve been going through. I use suffer not only because chronic pain and unknown autoimmune disorder changed perspective on things but it keeps me from being and living a normal life.
Lady Gaga canceled the final dates to her Joanne world tour due to chronic pain that impacts her ability to perform live and even though she got a very strong support from her medical team and some fans. There are still some who judge her thinking she is just getting out of performing.
When I found out I had fibromyalgia and chronic pain, I was loo led at as crazy or “not old enough”. However, it’s nice to see people in the public eye be open about fibro/chronic pain instead of hiding it.