Esquire magazine published a fascinating, acute article about actor Morgan Freeman who is suffered from fibromyalgia disease. In the article, author Tom Chiarella report the day he spent with Freeman at his home in Mississippi. As they walked around Freeman’s property, Chiarella noticed he was in pain. In the following excerpt from the article, Freeman tell the cause of his pain.Every so often he grabs his left shoulder and winces.
It hurts when he walks, when he sits still, when he rises from his couch, and when he missteps in a damp meadow. More than hurts. It seems a kind of agony, though he never mentions it. There are times when he cannot help but show this, the fallout from a car accident four years ago, in which the car he was driving flipped and rolled, leaving Freeman and a friend to be pulled from the car using the Jaws of Life. Despite surgery to repair nerve damage, he was stuck with a useless left hand. It is stiffly gripped by a compression glove most of the time to ensure that blood doesn’t pool there. It is a clamp, his pain, an icy shot up a relatively useless limb.
“It’s the fibromyalgia disease,” he says when asked. “Up and down the arm. That’s where it gets so bad. Excruciating.”
This means Morgan Freeman can’t pilot jets the way he used to, a hobby he took up at sixty-five. He can no longer sail as well. There was a time when he would sail by himself to the Caribbean and hide out for two, three weeks at a time. “It was complete isolation,” he says. “It was the best way for me to find quiet, how I found time to read.” No more. He can’t trust himself on one arm. He can’t drive, not a stick anyway, not the way he used to — which is to say fast, wide open, dedicated to what the car can do.
To Speak Out or Not to Speak Out – That Is the Question
Freeman’s revelation that he has fibromyalgia disease spread like wildfire through the FM community. Finally, here was an A-list celebrity acknowledging he had been diagnosed with FM. A handful of other celebrities have had the courage to speak up about their FM, for which we are extremely grateful, but as yet none have had the super-star power of Morgan Freeman.Almost immediately FM patients and advocates began calling on Freeman to speak out on behalf of others with fibromyalgia disease. It’s even been rumored that a large national FM organization has approached him about being their spokesperson.