My close friend, Daisy, had been a phenomenal ballerina... in professional ballet school, and ready to enter adulthood. After what should have been a relatively straight forward surgery, Daisy developed CRPS type II (formally known as causalgia) in her right foot. CRPS is a progressive neurological condition, causing immense pain and significant other symptoms such as osteoporosis, blisters, swelling, tremors, and many more disabling affects. CRPS II means overt nerve damage. It cannot be cured, and Daisy is severely effected. Of course, this sadly meant she was unable to continue her ballet career. It has been an unimaginably difficult journey since CRPS II reared it’s ugly head. After trying all treatments, Daisy had a spinal cord stimulator surgically placed, and this has helped to slow disease progression - though the symptoms are still immense. Because ballet was the main priority, Daisy left school with 5 GCSEs, now she has worked achingly hard, and is now at CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY! A beautiful, and inspiring achievement. The left side of the painting portrays normal limb colour, and the previous life in ballet. The right side portrays the discoloured skin, the sores and blisters, but also the hope that continues to glow through Daisy’s life. CRPS’ awareness colour is orange, hence the colour of the sun. .
I have posted a picture of (one example of) CRPS on the second slide. Daisy’s is in her foot, but I know some people don’t like feet - so I’ve posted hands lmao