I am starting a portrait project of people who have an autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, hashimoto’s disease, etc.).  Often, these diseases strike people at a young age and are chronic.  We don’t usually look sick, but they never really go away.

There are so many people out there who are struggling with these health issues, and the general public doesn’t really understand.  I want to give a face to these diseases to inform my friends and family at least, and the world at best, that we really aren’t “too young to have that”; and that even though we “don’t look sick,” we are.  And we need your care and support.

I am located in New York City and sometimes travel to the Philadelphia area and will likely be in the Baltimore area on occasion.  I will also be in Northern Indiana in December.  So, if any one wants to volunteer for a portrait session or has a friend or family member who might be interested, please e-mail me at jodimckeephotography@gmail.com.  Thanks!!


8 comments so far

  1. sara on

    Yay! I am so glad that you have started this, and so beyond honored that I got to be the first! I hope that there will be many, many more after me to reflect the vast number of us out there living with often invisible conditions.

  2. daniela on

    yes, i too am honored to be a part of your very thoughtful project, and sara said it so perfectly, as have you, with “even though we don’t look sick, we are.” thank you jodi!

  3. mtriggs on

    My lovely wife has RA and fibro. But we live in GA. Can we just send you a picture of her? I gather you won’t be down here very much, if at all.

  4. Cathy on

    This is a great idea. I am in Chicago but look forward to seeing all the other beautiful people on the blog.

  5. Carmen on

    Hey! That’s a beautiful project you have in hands… I’m an Rheumatoid Arthritis patient and I live in PR so we are not close at all, however I may be traveling to interview in NY possibly this year or the beginning of the next, so I could contact you perhaps!

    • Jodi McKee on

      Thanks carmen! Please let me know if you come to New York.

  6. Kelly on

    Hi Jodi,

    I’m a bit camera shy…..but I love the idea behind this project. I have Grave’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia & possibly Sjogren’s Sydrome. I think I might fit what you are looking for. I live in Philly.

    • Jodi McKee on

      Kelly, I’d love to have you be a part of it! I will let you know when I will be in Philly next.

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