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a play about living with chronic illness

Written by Yvette Lu, MD.

"A young woman's fantastical odyssey
into the world of hospitals, doctors, and illness."

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Lucy from C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Her journey into another land through a wardrobe inspired Stories from the Closet.




a secret. a burden. a disability. a life sentence.
a journey. a learning experience. an opportunity for growth. a life lesson.

How would you feel if you developed an illness that had no cure and an uncertain outcome? What if you discovered this illness would affect you every day for the rest of your life?

It happens more often than you think.

50% of people have at least one chronic illness. This includes about 30% of adults between the ages of 18-44.

Chronic illness is insidious. It develops gradually, lasts a long time, and is often permanent and progressive. The course can be unpredictable. Medication may or may not work. A chronic disease can have a widespread impact on all aspects of life, and can severely limit a person's daily activities. At different stages in its course, it can be visible or invisible, life threatening or only minimally intrusive.

And it's always there.

Maybe you know someone with a chronic illness.

The person who is often away from work. Your friend's mom. Your classmate. Your brother. You. It may be lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, premenstrual syndrome, thyroid disease, asthma, arthritis, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, heart disease, sarcoidosis, kidney disease, HIV infection... and more. All have a pervasive effect on a person's life.

Stories from the Closet is a view from the other side, a look at what life is like for those who live with illness every day. The play is composed of ten monologues, each of which deals with different aspects of daily life with a chronic condition. The content is based on patient interviews, scientific research, and personal experiences from both doctor and patient perspectives. 

You know someone with chronic illness. Of course you do. Think about it. Have you ever asked them what it's like? Have you ever even wondered?

Written by a family doctor for health care professionals, patients, and anyone who has ever had illness touch them or their loved ones, Stories from the Closet is a moving and imaginative exploration into another world.


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