When this photo was taken, I was six months out of law school and unemployed due to what my doctors thought was a strange case of reactivated Epstein-Barr Virus that brought my world to a full stop only three weeks after graduation. But the medical team was starting to get frustrated. It had been four months since the blood work results came back, and I was only getting worse despite (mostly) sticking to their bedrest regimen. Glancing at this photo, the onlooker would have no idea my wheelchair was parked just out of the frame; I had to take a hand full of pills to ensure I had the strength to pull this off. Over a year has passed from photo to present. While my condition has further deteriorated, my spirit continues to blossom. We now know I have at least one dysautonomia, dysfunctions of the autonomic nervous system which controls automatic functions of the body. While not life threatening, this illness significantly altered my life and my perspective. By chronicling the realities of chronic illness, I hope to translate that the grass really isn’t always greener on the other side, we just need to learn how to be better gardeners on our own.
🎍Elate Cosmetics Sage eye shadow trio on eyelids and used to fill in my eyebrows
🎍Antonym Cosmetics baked blush in Peach
🎍Antonym Cosmetics baked foundation in Medium Beige used to contour
🎍Elate Cosmetics lipstick in Lively
🎍Gabriel Cosmetics Moisturizing Liquid Foundation
🎍100 Percent Pure Black Tea Long Last Liquid Eyeliner
🎍Elate Cosmetics Mascara