COVID-19 Comic Immunosuppressed

Covid-19 Comic By Ari Cubangbang 2022

As an immunosuppressed woman living in the age of Covid-19 I have felt invisible, unheard and ignored. Covid-19 has changed all of our lives, those of us who have been shut away from the world for years now feel unheard. It is hard to be unseen and not given the soap box to stand on to talk about about how this virus has isolated people like me further.

I have watched the world change outside of my window for two years now. Seeing people walk down the street free of mask. While I sit here behind a window gazing out wondering what types of freedoms they have while I feel as though I have none. Locked away from the world for my protection.

It has been a lonely and isolating time, I have reached out to news outlets and not heard back. I wanted to shed light on the experiences similar to mine. Those of use who are scared to go out, and can not go out even if they wanted to. We have become house plants, people who are watered and nourished within our homes, our mental health suffers. I long to see people and not fear getting Covid-19; this invisible illness which is something that can harm me greatly.

The inspiration of my comic came from my personal experience, I feel that the news amplified anti-maskers more so then the ones at risk from Covid-19. There is an unfairness which stems from ableism, which causes a distain towards the chronically ill. This type of attitude is incorrect, if Covid-19 showed me anything it showed me that systemic ableism runs deep within our society. I feel frustration towards the narratives pushed into the forefront and hope someday those affected and isolated will feel heard and seen.

Published by Ari Villain

Artist and writer. Living with chronic illness and writing about it. I have survived two cancers, I live with hyperadrenergic postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, ehlers-danlos syndrome, mast cell activation syndrome, jaundice, esophagus dysmotility, Chilblains, Raynaud's, migraines, asthma, and more. I have mental health problems which I am not ashamed of, I have CPTSD, anxiety, and depression. My medical history is extensive, but I will continue moving forward. I have hope to help others not feel isolated alone, and forgotten by an ableist society.

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