Chronic Condition Illustrations
People with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, lupus and ALS experience hidden and visible pain that others find hard to understand. For a community engagement effort at PatientsLikeMe, I illustrated patient quotes about how it feels to live with their condition.
"It's like trying to run, but you're up to your knees in mud, and your brain has short circuited."
"Psychosis is like having two different people in your head, but one abuses the other. The two people are the real you, and the harmful you. However, whenever the real you finds something good and meaningful, the harmful you destroys it for plain amusement. In short, it is the truest of hells."
"It's like an adventure that takes place in your brain where battleships are fighting in your brain and then the body doesn't know what to do."
“It's like being immersed in slow drying cement. Slowly not being able to move anything. One piece at a time.”
“Living with epilepsy for 43 years to me, at least, has been like a struggle to find my way out of a giant maze. Every time I think I've made progress in controlling my seizures I have another one, kind of like hitting a dead end.”
“With my MDD [major depressive disorder], I feel as though I'm in the middle of a dark ocean at twilight. I can see no land. I don't know which direction to go. I'm exhausted trying to keep my head above water. Occasionally, I can see a squall approach. Other times the waves and swells crash in with no warning and I'm sucked down below the surface. It's a struggle at times to just not take a breath and fill my lungs with water. Today I'm floating, head above the sea.”