The famous pop star shocked everyone (well, some) when she revealed her diagnosis in a Today segment that aired Monday on NBC, and now Lady Gaga has decided to publish an open letter in which she opens up about her struggles with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The brave 30-year-old music icon explained how she “wrestled” with this decision, but now after 5 years of struggling, the star stoically decided to go public with all the details related to her illness.
“It’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery,” Gaga wrote in an attempt to encourage other people suffering from PTSD.
Even though she managed to hide it to some extent from the public eye, it is definitely not a walk in the park for her.
“It is a daily effort for me…” the star wrote. “…I also struggle with triggers from the memories I carry from my feelings of past years on tour when my needs and requests for balance were being ignored. I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong.”
“I ultimately ended up injured on the Born This Way Ball. That moment and the memory of it has changed my life forever. The experience of performing night after night in mental and physical pain ingrained in me a trauma that I relive when I see or hear things that remind me of those days,” wrote Gaga.
I Will Never Give Up On My Dreams Of Art And Music
Luckily, Lady Gaga is one tough lady and she isn’t going to give up on her true calling any time soon.
“I am a strong and powerful woman who is aware of the love I have around me from my team, my family and friends, my doctors and from my incredible fans who I know will never give up on me,” the pop diva continues.
“I will never give up on my dreams of art and music. I am continuing to learn how to transcend this because I know I can.”
However, the real reason behind Lady Gaga’s candid letter isn’t to promote herself or to justify her behavior; the real reason is a truly stoic one – to raise awareness about this seriously difficult disorder, and that’s why we think she’s just awesome:
“If you relate to what I am sharing,” she added, “please know that you can too… No one’s invisible pain should go unnoticed.”