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Claire Anscomb

Claire Anscomb

Name: Claire Anscomb
Age: 23
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Crawley, West Sussex
Campaign: To make people more aware of invisible illnesses

I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects my connective tissues, muscles and joints.

 

For a long time I was in awful pain and felt exhausted.  I had to miss a year of school, but no one knew what was wrong with me.

 

Because I look healthy on the outside, some people have accused me of faking my symptoms and doing it for attention, while others think I am lazy.

 

I have learned to manage my symptoms now and I am a keen artist.

 

I have created a series of portraits of people with invisible illnesses for an exhibition for my Fixers project.

 

 I hope it will encourage others realise that lots of people are living with challenging conditions that no-one can see.

The following Fixers helped me with this Fix:

 

Hannah Todd

Karina Maisuradze

Lucy Spencer

Chloe Louise Sayer

I would like to thank the following for supporting me with this Fix:

 

 

  • Oriel High School who welcomed me back to school and allowed Fixers to film in the art room.

 

  • Jade Davis who modelled for the exhibition and also shared her own experiences of living with a hidden illness as part of the broadcast film.

 

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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.

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