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Allium; they/them; EDS, Migraines, intestinal issues, etc

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited disorders that affect connective tissues, primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls. Individuals with EDS often have overly flexible joints, stretchy skin, and fragile tissue. Symptoms can vary widely, from mild to life-threatening, depending on the specific type of EDS. It is estimated that EDS affects about 1 in 5,000 people worldwide. Proper diagnosis and management are essential for improving the quality of life and preventing complications for those with this condition.

Migraines are a type of headache characterized by intense, throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can last for hours to days and significantly impact daily activities. Migraines are thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It is estimated that about 39 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines, with women being more frequently affected than men. Early diagnosis and effective treatment plans are crucial for managing the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.

This subject, like many people I've worked with, deals with multiple chronic conditions. They suggested a large portrait with 3 different figures to represent the 3 major conditions they live with, and wanted them interacting with one another and showing each other care. The horizontal figure's face is blurred to represent the dizziness and fog of their migraines. The standing figure's intestinal issues are represented by burning, seeping lava. Finally the seated figure is for EDS, and shows the subject's joints tied by bows -referencing a common issue with EDS - a looseness of the joints that results in chronic pain.

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