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Resilient: My Chronic Illness Photo Shoot

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I did a photoshoot with Samuel Guillermo to help represent my chronic illness.

woman holding a spoon

close up of woman holding a spoon
woman holding many spoons

woman holding spoons against a wall

These photos represent “The Spoon Theory” by Christine Miserandino, which is how I explain my chronic illness to others.

woman on bench with 20 medication bottles

wide shot of woman on bench with medication bottles
another angle of woman on bench with meds

woman holding all her medication bottles

These photos represent some of the many medications I’ve tried and taken just to be able to get out of bed in the morning.

woman holding picture of uniform

woman holding image of cheerleading uniform
These photos represent one of the most important things my illness has taken from me: All star cheerleading, my first passion.

dog looking up at owner

woman holding dog, standing next to boyfriend
woman standing with dog and boyfriend
These photos represent the two boys who help me on my days where I’m down and nothing else, not any of the medications or treatments in the world, can bring me up. I’m lucky enough to have an awesome support system of family and friends, and I realize some others with chronic illness do not have this.

close up of woman
woman leaning against a wall

close up of woman in front of a brick wall
These photos represent me, a girl who had her whole life turned upside down from an illness that shows no mercy, a girl who’s resilient and is taking life one day at a time.

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Originally published: May 17, 2017
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