Poements is a project I started to document the transplant process through visual storytelling & words. I began to notice that the people around me said beautiful things about life that no one would ever hear, so I started writing them down in an effort to document their wonderfulness. Some of these are things that I have said in conversation. Others are things someone said to me when I needed advice. Some of them are even overheard. They are almost all anonymous-- I rarely give someone credit for a quote unless it is implied or said by me/it works in context. The point is the message & the words; not who said what or the situation. Take my Instagram as a curation of things that I've said or heard, and was moved by. They are moments that impacted me; that tell my story in moments. My photographer, Liam Bruce, can be contact through Instagram @liamdavidbruce if you'd like to work with him.
Honestly, this project is 100% about me. I want to keep myself completely accountable. I want to do things when I say I will. I want to be able to look back & see my own progress and remember things that happened and when. I'm not doing this for followers-- although I do appreciate the support a lot! The second this becomes about attention and followers, I stop doing it. The authenticity matters to me more than likes. I do very much also do this to engage with other people with disabilities, chronic illness, and cancer. I really enjoy finding people who are doing similar things or have similar experiences. I've learned so much from the disability community & love the engagement and support. My entire heart is in patient care and advocacy, because I know what it's like to feel like things are impossible (and to know that sometimes they actually are and that's okay too). This project is not about being inspirational. It's about showing real life; the realities of facing a disease. What it really does to your body, mind, and relationships without the romanticism of illness. This project is genuine.