55 Squares, 1109 Years

Missing Years
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These squares have been lovingly crafted in a bid to raise awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Each square shows the number of years that have been lost to illness.
Many contributors are too unwell to leave their homes (and sometimes their beds).
Missing Years squares were created by 55 people, ranging in age between 17 and 69 years old.
The total years lost is 1109.
The squares depict lengths of illness ranging from 4 to 45 years, though one participant has been ill for all of her 69 years . . .
She could not bear to put a number so high.


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Every day different: Banality. Spectres. Howls of inconsolable. Then daffodils! Fluffernutter! Cyan! We the wilted ones, living tethered lives.
– Lilan Patri