In Between Awake and Asleep by Sarah Allegra

In Between Awake and Asleep

August 20, 2014

A self portrait to visually represent what living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is like. I have had ME for about 6 years. Little is known about it currently, but it's believed to be a neurological disease. Some of the hallmarks include muscle pain, constant, flu-like fatigue which is unrelieved by rest, memory and concentration problems, and chronic pain. It also often makes you overly sensitive in all your senses; I often explain to people that it's like the volume in my brain is turned up to 11.

This image captures the blerg-feeling of being exhausted all day yet still having trouble sleeping, leaving you feeling like you don't belong either to the world of the awake or the world of the asleep; you're just trapped between the two.

22mm · f/4.0 · 1/30s · ISO 200
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