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Heather; she/her; Arnold Chiari Malformation

Arnold Chiari Malformation is a condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal, present at birth.

It occurs when part of the skull is abnormally small or misshapen.

Symptoms include pain and trouble swallowing.

Treatment may involve monitoring and surgery. There are more than 200,000 reported U.S. cases per year. 

This was another rare portrait that was kept a surprise from the subject. The subject was asked a few leading questions and mentioned a sense of heaviness, and I was also made aware that monarch butterflies were special to her as s symbol of her late father. This depiction seemed like a good fit for a feeling of weight, and also a symbol of her father watching out for her.

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