I am a photographer living in New York City. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2008 and have decided to start a portrait project of people who have RA and other autoimmune diseases.
My hope for this project is that I can let everyone know that there are a lot of younger people out there who are dealing with these chronic, often painful, illnesses. Also, I think it is very important for the newly diagnosed to be able to see all of these beautiful, happy faces and know that they are not the only one.
Working on this project makes me feel like we are all in this together and that none of us has to go through it alone.
If you would like to participate and have me take your portrait, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!