Addiction: A Six-Word Story

YOUng cARelessnEss –

Married mY sweetHEart, heROin.

Explanation:

Often depicted negatively, addiction is a very serious condition – people with addiction are heavily stigmatized against, seen as “crackheads” with a lack of “willpower…or a moral compass”1. I wanted to show the interaction between a patient who requires help for their addiction and somebody willing to understand, whether it be a family member, friend, or doctor. From the perspective of the patient, whilst their addictive behaviour may cause conflict in various aspects of their life, underneath they may harbour vast gratitude for those who stay by their side to help battle their condition as revealed by the hidden message, “YOU ARE MY HERO”. I simply wanted to highlight the importance of not leaving somebody in their times of struggle and need, even if they may not express appreciation immediately, because a support system is incredibly vital for recovery.

Sources:

  1. Villa, L. Shaming the Sick: Addiction and Stigma. [online]. Available at: http://drugabuse.com/library/addiction-stigma/.

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Six-Word Story

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy hurts;

My heart overflows!

Explanation:

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition that causes increased filling pressure due to the thickening of the myocardial wall1 – in a very simplistic way, I depicted this as the heart “overflowing” with blood. The phrase “my heart overflows” is a Biblical inference to Psalm 23:5-62; the original phrase is “…you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” David describes how abundantly the Lord provided for him – a phenomenal picture of how God gives us everything we need and more, placing endless resources in front of us3. Whether readers are religious or not, the message states that whilst life challenges your resources or faith in difficult times, you will always have a wealth of support around you.

Sources:

  1. Shah, S.N. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. [online]. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/152913-overview.
  2. The Holy Bible. New International Version. Biblica, Inc. Ò. Psalm 23:5-6.
  3. MacDonald, J. Does Your Cup Overflow? [online]. Available at: http://www.jamesmacdonald.com/teaching/devotionals/2013-07-24/.
  4. Image courtesy: http://signesandelin.deviantart.com

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