Sarah Lippett is an illustrator, author and owner of two rare diseases. She started having symptoms of Moya Moya disease when she was 7 but waited a further 11 years before she received a diagnosis and the required treatment. This talk was filmed for a medical audience at The Unusual Suspects 2019. She focuses on the impact of living with a chronic disease when you’re growing up and the isolating and distressing consequences cause by the diagnostic odyssey. Sarah uses illustrations from her book and talks about how creating it has changed her own perspective on her rare diseases as well as benefited others in similar situations to her.
A Puff of Smoke is a graphic memoir by Sarah Lippett published by Jonathan Cape. It won The Guardian’s Graphic Novel of the Year in 2019 and was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.