I painted “Sea of Grief” to help bring visibility to those affected by myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
It was directly inspired by my experience living with ME for the past 13 years and speaks on the river of grief that is ever flowing and shared amongst the ME community.
Our sea of grief holds all the lives lost and struggles endured because of this disease. All of us have had to let go of facets of our lives once held so dear, no matter how hard we fought to preserve them. My most piercing grief is knowing what my life could have been like without ME, and the lack of control I over that.
When grief visits, whether it be a quiet nudge or a roaring wave, I honor it by giving it space. Over time my grief has changed in shape, but I know it will always be there.