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    Updated on Jul 10, 2020. Posted on May 8, 2020

    This Woman Paints Realistic Images Of Endometriosis Pain And It's Incredible

    Endometriosis is an invisible illness, but this artist shows what her pain on the inside would look like on the outside.

    Meet Ellie Kammer! She's an artist based in Adelaide, Australia. And she lives with endometriosis.

    Kammer was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016 after eight years of suffering without answers.

    "After I received the diagnosis, I felt a loneliness I'd never experienced before," Kammer told BuzzFeed. She continued, "Not being able to understand my own pain, why pain would occur, or how to even treat/prevent it meant my life was grinding to a halt, and frustration would build to such an intense level that I was a wrecking ball of emotions."

    So she decided to channel those emotions into her work.

    Ellie Kammer

    "I started painting seriously in 2016, but I started using art and creation to deal with emotions in my early teens," Kammer told BuzzFeed. "Art helped me make sense of things and served as a means to tell my story at a time where I felt I couldn't use my voice."

    She continued: "I decided to create the first endometriosis painting as a pure release of all the rage and despair I was feeling. Quickly, I realized that I was not suffering alone. Once I published the images of my paintings online, people from across the globe were sharing, commenting on, and following the work."

    Elie Kammer

    She said, "Now I am immersed in this community of people who know how it feels to live with chronic illness. These people make such a difference to my life. I never feel alone in my endo journey now."

    Kammer said that the response to her work so far has been interesting, and she hopes it will continue to open people's eyes to the horrible realities of living with this disease, or any chronic illness.

    Ellie Kammer

    "Those with endometriosis or any sort of chronic illness generally don't find the works disturbing but, rather, comforting. People who don't have poor health tend to find the works a little more jarring and uncomfortable. I'm pleased with any reaction my work gets. A reaction of any sort is all an artist can hope for," she told BuzzFeed.

    You can follow more of Kammer's work, including some of her latest work about the difficult diagnosis process for fibromyalgia, on her Instagram page.