"I'm here because I have fibromyalgia. This has been so helpful, literally my saving grace"
The woman beside me in the acupuncture waiting room said to the woman on her left. The woman responded that she too suffered from fibromyalgia and that acupuncture has been really helpful. The two ladies continued talking and became instant friends, realizing how much they had in common.
I couldn’t help but feel both a wave of frustration and jealousy. Frustration with the stigma associated with eating disorders and mental health in general, and jealous that these two ladies could so very openly connect about their struggles without shame and secrecy.
I hope that I can, in some way, change at least one persons view on mental health stigma. It just isn’t fair that psychological illness is viewed so differently than physical.