A Family of Complicated Bodies


Chronic illness is a constant experience within my immediate family. Between the four of us, we have over 10 diagnoses, have had to pause school and/or work to care for our health, and are entrenched in learning how to navigate the American healthcare system. From 2016 to 2020 I documented my family’s day to day lives in order to better understand the broad effect of illness on a family unit. These images culminated into A Family of Complicated Bodies.


Over 40% of the American population live with a form of chronic disease. My parents and brother each deal with the challenges of their own illnesses while navigating the financial expense of achieving adequate medical care, the complex mental health issues that accompany the trauma of life with disease, and finding the ability to support each other throughout individual struggles.

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