Hi everyone! My name is Meghan Wagner. Welcome to Invisible Me. I have found a way to use my love of art to inspire, educate and bring hope to others through an exhibition and website called Invisible Me. The website features a list of invisible illnesses, stories of invisible illness, my Invisible Me exhibition and a blog. Invisible Me is a safe space for people to come together and talk about disabilities that are not immediately apparent to others. The site focuses on mental illness and chronic pain but also works to educate people on many invisible illnesses that exist.
I am a 23-year-old artist who has struggled with chronic pain, anxiety and depression for more than five years which ultimately led to the creation of Invisible Me. This project began as an idea for a college art exhibition to raise awareness of invisible illnesses. It has become a way for me to help others and cope with the pain in my life. I have big dreams for Invisible Me. The blog is growing, and I plan to have the online Invisible Me exhibition become a traveling exhibition.
The Invisible Me photos and poems take you into the mind of someone with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. This exhibition will help you better understand how it feels to have an illness others are unable to see.
You can’t tell just by looking at someone what they are going through on the inside. Invisible illness is just that, invisible. I hope that her exhibition inspires compassion, kindness and care for everyone. You never know what someone is feeling at any given moment. Words, actions and how we treat people make a difference.
For those of you who are suffering from an invisible illness, remember you are not alone.
Most importantly, we all need love and support.