Five years after our original #SufferingtheSilence portrait series, we decided to revisit the concept. We brought together nine New Yorkers all of whom live with illness and/or disability, and asked them to speak about the stigma surrounding their experience of illness, but also about the power of community and of speaking out.
We hope that people living with illness and disability will see themselves in these photos and feel validated and understood. We hope these photos will encourage them to connect with one another and share their own experience. We also want the photos to help those not living with illness and disability to see the emotional impacts of these conditions and better understand what we go through.
Why do YOU speak out? Let us know by sharing your own photo and story with the hashtag #ISpeakOut.