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Leslie Rose And 'The Picture Of Health'
Thursday 5 December 2019
From the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report:
Leslie Rose and ‘The Picture of Health’
One hundred Facebook comments can mean the end of friendships or the beginning of an expansive art project. In writer Leslie Rose’s case, she’d been suffering symptoms like severe fatigue and muscle cramps, even a stretch of three weeks of complete immobility, from what turned out to be fibromyalgia. That’s when a well-intentioned friend told the 36-year-old, “But you look fine.”
“I remember thinking, ‘I didn’t say I was ugly. I said I was in pain,” Rose recalls.
Rose felt unheard and misunderstood. The seemingly well-meaning remark really hurt. So she took to the social media platform with a simple request: If you are suffering from an invisible illness, post a selfie, and nothing else.
The response was overwhelming, and soon “The Picture of Health” was born with a photo exhibit event at The Healthcare Gallery.
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