Autoimmune Disease Illustrated Guide (a Socially Awkward Comic)
Autoimmune disease illustrated guide: a visual way to explain a hidden ailment…
It seems like anyone who, like me, struggles with an (or multiple) autoimmune disorder(s) knows they royally suck. Furthermore, trying to explain it to someone who doesn’t have an autoimmune disorder exactly what happens to our bodies can be downright mind-boggling, both to the person who we are trying to explain and for ourselves. Because, let’s face it – trying to come up with the words that describe our horrible daily struggles is akin to a trip to the dentist. (No? Just me?) Therefore, I decided to come up with an autoimmune disease illustrated guide (a.k.a. a web comic -that’s how I roll) as an easy, visually pleasing way to describe just what autoimmune disease is and how it works!
A quick breakdown…
- Phase I: During phase 1, the body seems like it has a normal, healthy immune system. This is because the immune system does it’s job and finds bad bacteria, then removes the threat.
- Phase II: While in phase 2 (the early stages of autoimmune disease), the immune system starts attacking good bacteria as well as bad.
- Phase III: Finally, in full-blown autoimmune disease, the immune system is so hyper-sensitive that it often begins to attack itself.
(I know there are autoimmune disorders out there that, in addition to overacting, under-perform to the point that it cannot fight off diseases. Yet, I do not have that problem so I drew based off of what I know. However, I will probably create the opposite as a guide sometime soon.)
In conclusion, I hope that this comic helps to educate folks and – most of all – gets a good chuckle. 🙂