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    #HospitalGlam: The Chronic Illness Social Movement

    Taking shame out of being in treatment one selfie at a time.

    Meet Karolyn Gehrig, the queer disabled artist who's transforming her frequent hospital visits into artwork, a hashtag, and a social movement.

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    Going to the doctor for anyone can be at best a dull experience — and at worst a traumatic one. Since being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) in 2003, Gehrig's been navigating her experience with illness on social media with humor, lip gloss, and her chin held high.

    Gehrig started out doing this project to feel good about her body while going through treatment — her body, her rules, no shame allowed.

    Taking the photos is a way for Gehrig to feel powerful in a space that most people often feel powerless.

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    "The act of taking the photos reasserts my agency over my body in a space that is otherwise uncertain," she said. "Sharing them transforms it into a way to normalize the experience of living with illness and hopefully lessens the stigma of taking care of yourself."

    Gehrig's finger splits look a lot like regular finger jewelry — can you really see much difference?

    She has fun with memes and all aspects of social media too. This was her contribution to the popular Insta-trend #FlatLayFriday.

    A nice basic outfit look featuring her super chic and monochromatic hospital bed, natch.

    And like all of us, she gains strength through the power of Beysus.

    Karolyn Gehrig

    "#hospitalglam: When your brain is strapped with wires for 72 hours, begin in a cocktail dress."

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    #HospitalGlam is about navigating illness through humor and pop culture glamour. Take, for example, Gehrig's Beyoncé moment. Neurology required that she wear electrodes and a face net for 72 hours, so Gehrig pulled up Beyoncé videos from the artist's On the Run tour for inspiration. Out comes a glamour moment — complete with cocktail dress and dark eye makeup that even Queen Bey would be proud of.

    For others who are living with chronic illness and want to reduce the shame of treatment, Gehrig has a couple of tips for you.

    #HospitalGlam 101: It's always appropriate to dress for the occasion.

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    And remember: "You have more experience with your body than anyone else. Wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself. Bring the parts of you that you love into that office. If lipgloss starts the revolution, so be it."