Ruth Braham has suffered from ME/CFS for around 20 years and has been completely bedridden for nine years. At her worst, she was paralyzed and voiceless. She has been engaging in art throughout her life and sees art as a refuge in which she can completely lose herself.
Today she only works digitally because she doesn’t have the energy for anything else. Even then, this is only possible on the very best of days and only for a limited amount of time.
“This is my good friend and disability activist Ricky Buchanan. She is bedridden and suffering from severe ME/CFS. I put her in a field full of daisies, her favorite flowers, so she could imagine the joy of fresh air.”
“This is my deceased friend Alley Daley. I lost her last year when she was only 27 years old. She had severe ME/CFS and EDS (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome). I depicted her surrounded by the things that made her who she was. A queer, non-binary Hufflepuff cat lover with a zebra (the EDS logo) (I called her my tigress), with the best smile in the world.”
“When I am in complete silence and can do nothing but lie in the dark, I often hold my own hand and imagine that I am holding the hand of my loved ones and other ME/CFS sufferers who are trapped in the same isolation. I dedicated this picture to them and offered them my hand so that they are not alone.”