I thought it would be interesting to see if there were any celebrities who have fibromyalgia. To my surprise there weren’t as many as you would think. I’m sure there are some famous people that if they did have the disease, they would not want to disclose that information to anyone for fear that they might lose their job. Of course, some celebrities have had to come out with having fibromyalgia, since it was so bad it interfered with their day to day routine.
There are a few celebrities that have tried to raise awareness of fibromyalgia, one being Morgan Freeman. In a 2012 interview, he disclosed he had fibromyalgia and he was very positive in what he had to say about it. He wanted to move on to other things such as golf, work and just walking around places. It wasn’t going to define who he was. It was encouraging to see that your mental outlook on your prognosis can make a difference in the quality of life you have.
Other famous people who have fibromyalgia are:
Susan Flannery (Actress from the TV show Bold and the Beautiful). Took a medical leave of absence in 2007 because of fibromyalgia
Sinead O’Conner (Irish Rockband Singer) In 2003 revealed she was suffering and put her career on hold for several years
Michael James Hastings (Actor on the TV show West Wing) Has a website dedicated to fighting fibro and was featured in an article about men with fibromyalgia on Dr. Oz
Florence Nightingale (British nurse and reformer) Probably one of the first people to speak out about fibromyalgia (Had the disease, triggered by an infection)
Rosie Hamlin (American singer) Appeared on the cover of Fibromyalgia Aware magazine in 2004
Frances Winfield Bremer (Author and wife of Ambassador to Iraq) Designated as spokeswoman for the National Fibromyalgia Association in 2007
Jo Guest (English Actress & TV Host) Appeared in TV show This Morning in 2008 and discussed her “mysterious” illness, and was diagnosed by viewers
A. J. Langer (Actress from TV show My So-Called Life) In 1994 was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at 21 years old and was featured in the first issue of Fibromyalgia Aware magazine in 2002
Mary McDonough (Actress on the TV show The Waltons) She suffered for 10 years before being diagnosed. She also has lupus and sjogren’s syndrome