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.

“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 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
“I never watched what I ate, but when I was running every day I was able to maintain my health. When I stopped running and gained the weight, that’s when it quickly got out of control.”
Andre C. Pearson
High Cholesterol Patient
Photographer: Chris Gorman
“I had just always battled with it. I’ve always battled with weight, and I actually had a gastric sleeve done because I had yo-yoed for so many years and it’s affected my cholesterol.”
Laura Zollinhofer
High Cholesterol Patient
Photographer: Chris Gorman
“I have friends that have had heart attacks at my age. I have friends that have died at my age. So the motivation was to live and be healthy, and I was just tired. I was always tired. I always felt lazy and just wasn’t happy when I looked in the mirror.”
Lori Roberts
High Cholesterol Patient
Photographer: Chris Gorman
“The challenge is to not really be able to eat the things that I would love to eat…Indian food and Chinese food and all those oily, high-sodium foods that would most likely cause my cholesterol to spike even higher.”
Lisa Bush
High Cholesterol Patient
Photographer: Chris Gorman
“I’m a Christian and I believe that when God calls me, He will call me. So I find comfort in that. I find peace in knowing. But I do at the same time worry that it’s going to come at a bad time.”
Omar Rocha
High Cholesterol Patient
Photographer: Chris Gorman
“It's hard to accept that you're at risk and that things can happen. In some sense, you can say that the cholesterol's too high and the blood pressure is too high, then, you know, you're not completely healthy no matter how you may feel.”
Richard Koris
High Cholesterol Patient
Photographer: Chris Gorman