Yes, your voice matters, Shannon Ashley, and anyone telling you otherwise can take a hike.
This piece was hugely helpful to me: It helped me understand the daily reality of a dear friend who also suffers from lipedema and is miserable as a result, a prisoner in her own body. Worse, the disease runs in her family.
Lastly, I really have a beef with people attempting to police other people about what they choose to write about. There’s always a point to deeply personal pieces, regardless of how disturbing they are to read.
The key here is empathy, but not everyone has it, alas.