Here is a note to myself to think upon and return again to one day a theme which has been important for humanity probably since the beginning (I mean, off the top of my head is the myth of Chiron from Ancient Greece ): the wounded healer.
Our pain is an asset (even if sometimes it is also a curse).
A list of recently-encountered examples I can add to and keep track of:
Lucy Stone’s migraines
Emma Goldman’s constant pain from a “female disorder”
Rachel Carson’s cancer
Emily Dickinson’s (apparent) tuberculosis