Dan from Imagine Dragons spoke to CBS News and spoke about various issues including Inflammatory disease, Avicii passing, and LGBT issues. This is what he said on Inflammatory Disease:
Q: You live with A.S. and you’re a working musician — touring requires a lot of energy. How does that affect your daily routine?
A: Exercising daily is a must for me. I really don’t have a choice because it really increases my pain level and inflammation if I don’t, so just some small ways on a daily basis I’m always impacted. But early on when I was misdiagnosed, it really impacted me and my pain level was through the roof. It was a high level of pain because I wasn’t working with a treatment; I wasn’t working with a rheumatologist and the reason I was misdiagnosed is because it’s a hidden disease. That’s why my goal is to really raise awareness about A.S. That’s why I’m passionate about working with Novartis and the Spondylitis Association of America, to let it be a not-so-hidden disease.
Q: You’re a dad. Does having A.S. affect life as a parent?
A: It definitely did in the beginning. I was diagnosed right when I had my first daughter, Arrow, and I was in so much pain when I was lying in bed and wouldn’t sleep in the night. I couldn’t get up in the night to pick up the baby. It was at a point where the pain was so extreme it felt like someone was drilling into my joints, but now I’m at a place — because I’ve worked with a rheumatologist and found what works for me — I do everything I want. I’m a super active father. I snowboard, surf and do whatever I want, so that’s why I really don’t want anyone to go through those years of misdiagnoses I did.
Q: Can you tell me more about working with your friend, Avicii? I know you paid tribute to him in recent shows.
A: He was a beautiful human being. Super humble and didn’t care for the spotlight very much. He just loved music and making people happy. One of my favorite writing sessions I ever had was with him. It’s been devastating. I send my love to his family.
About LGBT issues:
Q: You grew up Mormon and had success approaching the Mormon community to talk about LGBT issues with LoveLoud. Can you talk a little more about that initiative and the progress you’re hoping for?
A: Working with LoveLoud was an incredible process and it’s been tough because you have to find the right line that actually makes change, so that’s all I’m looking for is real change to be made so there’s a safe place for LGBT youth. Right now, the walls of orthodox religions tend to not be the most safe place for them, so that’s the goal and hopefully my documentary will help raise awareness.