Living with a chronic illness is completely debilitating in itself, but sufferers can often find themselves faced with another problem. While internally their body is struggling to do its job, on the outside everything can look perfectly fine.
The incredible photo series and Suffering The Silence website were inspired by co-founder Allie Cashel’s newly released book, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial.
While the book details Cashel’s experience about living with a disease that’s not officially recognised, the photo series is an opportunity for other chronic illness sufferers to share their own stories.
Allie, Chronic Lyme Disease
"For a long time I was terrified to tell people about my illness experience because I was scared they wouldn’t believe me. I needed to become an advocate for myself, especially in conversations about my controversial diagnosis. I had doctors tell me I was having a mental breakdown and needed to find the strength to tell them otherwise. It hasn’t been easy, but finding my voice and sharing my story has been an incredibly powerful tool in my healing process."