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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
It happens more often than you
50% of people have at least one
chronic illness. This includes about 30% of adults between the ages of
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
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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