Kathryn; she/her; Fibromyalgia and Crohn's Disease
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain often at specific "trigger points" accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. It is more common in women.
There are over 3 million reported U.S. cases per year.
Crohn's disease can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and fatigue. Some people may be symptom free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.
Crohn's disease cannot be cured. A patient may require surgery. Additionally, patients with Crohn's disease may need to receive regular screening for colorectal cancer due to increased risk. Crohn's disease can sometimes cause life-threatening complications.
The subject decided on Painted Lady butterflies to represent her fibromyalgia, as they are the national symbol for the disease. The butterflies sit on the areas she commonly feels pain the most, and their caterpillars chew away at her stomach where the Crohn's disease causes even more chronic pain and discomfort.