The Big Picture

It's said that photos don't lie, but for people living with a health condition, one image may not tell the whole story.

You're just too tired to go to the gym. Like you can't get out of your bed. You really want to, but some days you're just so fatigued.
Craig Brodsky
Multiple Sclerosis Patient
Photographer: Thomas Van Veen
What I tried to train myself to do is to not let the psoriasis really bother me too much. I did the normal things of covering up and treating the spots that were visible. But for the most part, I just didn't let it bother me.
Huy Ngo
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Austin Cope
There's the material you learn in Karate...in the martial arts...about 'true' confidence...it's a whole other level of confidence and you quickly learn where yours is not. At times, you learn by falling, the very thing you have been trying to avoid. Then, you re-learn it properly so you don't get hurt...equally important, you learn how to stand back up!  And the more you practice, the stronger you get, and the stronger you get, the 'truer' your confidence to live your journey, your way.
Shelly Lowe
Multiple Sclerosis Patient
Photographer: Lizzy Sullivan
My psoriasis was just something I was really embarrassed of. It was everywhere; on my legs, on my torso, on my back, and then even my arms. I wanted to hide it all the time. I would pick my clothes based on it, and it would affect pretty much all my choices.
Amanda Rosa
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Lisa Muller
I was 19 at the time, and living in San Diego and very active. I was surfing, hiking, taking my dogs for walks, jogging on the beach, I would work out every day, I would work a lot at the restaurant. And when this arthritis happened, I couldn't do any of that. I could barely get out of bed, and there were days that I did feel very broken and I wished like, ‘Why? Why does it have to be me?’
Melody Kopsch
Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient
Photographer: Peter Amend
There's a point in my life where... you come to kind of terms where your health is becoming your concern because if you're not healthy, you're not taking care of yourself, and you're not doing things you love. I mean, it affects your psyche, you know, like your mental state, so it just deteriorates everything.
Oksana Katsnelson
High Cholesterol
Photographer: Chris Gorman
There have been times I had to literally crawl out of the trailer because I’d wake up completely paralyzed, not knowing if I was sleeping on the ceiling or the floor. Then, I’d crawl on my hands and knees, out to where I would carve outside, get up, and start carving and gradually come back.
Brian Grossman
Multiple Sclerosis Patient
I don’t think I've ever freaked out over having MS. It’s just kind of one of those things that, such is life, you know?...you've just got to deal with it and just move forward, there's no use in having a pity party constantly.
Mariya Burke
Multiple Sclerosis Patient
Photographer: Michael Nalley
There was some guy at work recently that had a heart attack and he was in the hospital and then he died, unfortunately. He was in his 50s, you know, 58 or so…these things happen. You just don’t know
Milton Frank
High Cholesterol Patient
Photographer: Chris Gorman
When I'm attending events, like I might have a function that I go at the Smithsonian or something or Breakfast at the Zoo, their options might be to some extent limited, so I have to make sure that I'm careful as to what I pick and choose.
Helen Arroyo Hoverman
High Cholesterol
Photographer: Chris Gorman