In 2003, at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with PPH - Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (now called IPAH).
A simple enough statement. But as anyone who's been through it can tell you, a PH diagnosis is a complex,
lengthy process of elimination. There are scores of tests to be taken, multiple specialists to see, and the
possibility of several common misdiagnoses. Then there are the tasks of navigating the healthcare system,
learning to communicate with the medical professionals, and wrestling with the insurance industry. The process
seems designed to rob one of all remaining dignity.
To prevent a complete freak-out, I tried to keep the rest of my life as normal as possible. In other words, I cultivated a healthy sense of denial. I also started to doodle some new cartoons, which soon turned into this strip, S.O.B. The cartoons give me a place to vent about all the miserable PH-related experiences. They also provide a non-threatening way for me to let others know what life is like with PH.
After sharing the first few cartoons with fellow PH patients, I discovered that they found them useful in much the same way. My doctors and other healthcare providers have also enjoyed them. So, I've decided to make them available for viewing on this website. I hope you enjoy them.