{261/365} sara

sara

new york city

diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 29

 

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sara is the voice behind the single gal's guide to rheumatoid arthritis and the organizer of our recent sick chick club meet-ups in nyc.

 

she is such a terrific person, great friend and amazing advocate for people with RA and other autoimmune diseases. i am so happy to have met her! sadly (for me, at least), she is soon moving to baltimore. i know it's going to be great for her, but i'll miss my new friend!

 

this is the beginning of a project i am working on. my plan is to do a portrait series of people with autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, hashimoto's disease, etc.). often, these diseases strike people at a young age and are chronic. we don't usually look sick, but they never really go away. there are so many people out there who are struggling with these health issues, and the general public doesn't really understand. i want to give a face to these diseases to inform my friends and family at least, and the world at best, that we really aren't "too young to have that" and that even though we "don't look sick," we are. and we need your care and support.

 

with that, if any one wants to volunteer for a portrait session or has a friend or family member who might be interested, please flickr mail me or e-mail me at jodimckeephotography@gmail.com. thanks!!

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Taken on August 8, 2009