Powerful Campaign Encourages People To Open Up About Chronic Illnesses (Photos)
Two close friends came up with a unique way to raise awareness about people who suffer from chronic illnesses.
Allie Cashel and Erica Lupinacci -- who have Lyme disease and lupus, respectively -- are done suffering quietly. Instead, with the help of photographer Amanda Crommett, they created a special photo series to give people with similar conditions voices.
In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Lupinacci explained,
I want to show people who are living with disease that they are not alone... They are incredibly strong and brave and deserve as much happiness and respect as anyone else.
Rather than silencing themselves and letting these diseases take over their lives, Cashel and Lupinacci's photo campaign titled "Suffering the Silence: Portraits of Chronic Illness" shines the spotlight on ordinary people with chronic illnesses.
The campaign's description reads,
The stigma surrounding chronic illness can leave people feeling misunderstood, alone, dismissed and silenced. When someone doesn't look visibly sick, one can often forget what their life is like behind the scenes. Eleven New Yorkers spoke out about life with chronic illness, breaking their silence and painting a living portrait of what it is like to live with chronic disease. We will no longer suffer in silence.
Check out the photos below for a closer look!